The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington

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The Heckscher Museum of Art is named after its benefactor, August Heckscher, who in 1920 donated 185 works of art to be housed in a new Beaux-Arts building located in Heckscher Park, in Huntington, New York. Today the museum has over 2000 works of art, focused mainly on American landscape paintings and work by Long Island artists, as well as featuring American and European modernism, and photography. The most famous painting in the collection is George Grosz’s “Eclipse of the Sun” (1926).HistoryFounded by August Heckscher in 1920, the museum was based on his initial donation of 185 works of art. Originally run by a private foundation, it was taken over by the town of Huntington as its finances failed during the Great Depression. In 1957 the town passed responsibility for running the museum to an independent board of trustees, after which the museum began once again to expand its collection. The collection was greatly enlarged in 2001 with the donation of a large collection of American paintings and drawings by Ronald G. Pisano and D. Frederick Baker, one of the largest gifts to the museum since August Heckscher's original donation. The museum ran into controversy in 2005 when it tried to finance a long planned expansion by selling its most valuable work, "Eclipse of the Sun", for $19 million. The museum was forced to back away from the sale after public outcry and the latest expansion plan was canceled. In 2008, the museum completed a less ambitious nine-month restoration.
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  • The Hecksher Museum of Art is more of a gallery than a full-blown museum. However, the artwork is of high quality and major museum worthy. Many of the selected artists are native Long Islanders, while...  more »
  • It's a small local museum, but the collection is varied and interesting and the rotating exhibits worth repeated visits. Set in a park with sculpture and a pond, it's more than it's small package woul...  more »
  • We drop by occasionally as they always have something new to see. Nice setting. Easy to park. Not crowded. You're in and out in an hour.  more »
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  • It is a great museum. Currently admission is $2! Who can beat that. Art from American artists currently on display like Norman Rockwell. The park is a nice afternoon walk. Close to shops and great restaurants. Staff are all very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Oh and if you have little ones, don't forget to try the digital painter. Fun!
  • Great art museum for family. The art is always changing. So it can be hit or miss. Activities for the kids.
  • My first visit. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to visit again with my friends. They have some "explore the exhibition" papers help me to understand the story behind the art more. The reception (Hellen), the docent (Thomas) and the staffs there are all very friendly. Very enjoyable trip. Recommended!
  • Nice local museum. Will be checking out the art festival and hope to walk thru again.
  • Small museum with excellent rotating shows. Have made a habit of visiting once a month. (For the youngest art lovers, interactive exhibits have been available.)

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