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Heckscher Museum, Huntington

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • We were going to visit the museum but today Sunday Oct16 was a gorgeous day. We decided to take a stroll around Heckscher Park . What a beautiful well manicured park just east of the 25a/ New York Ave...  read more »
  • My daughter and I attended a wonderful community art event today at the Heckscher. There were various opportunities to do artistic projects, listen to music by the East End Trio (who were really great...  read more »
  • I checked the website and saw no notification they were closed. When I arrived all there was was a guy inside, who did open the door to tell me they were completely closed for renovation. OK, somebody...  read more »
  • Great small museum for an afternoon visit. Cool exhibits. Overachieving staff. Awesome location. The park behind the building is a nice walk after visiting, and you're right near a ton of restaurants and quick eats on Main St.
  • Small local museum. Good place if your into the arts.
  • Great place for a first date: small enough to be concise but interesting to stimulate your conversations. Surrounded by Heckscher Park, and the pond, this is a lovely location for photographers, painters, and families.
  • good museum but small
  • It is a magical and lovely place! It's a really small, and for that it's easy to enjoy and love, nice and clean (it was a private collection) but the staff it's extremely friendly and makes your visit really enriched and fascinating. It is located in the middle of a beautiful park with a big and well maintained playground, in front of a magnificent lake. Excellent place, a Museum is tiny (really was only a private collection donated and converted into a Museum) but the staff is really friendly and strives to create an excellent and extremely enriching experience magical. Also is at the heart of a magnificent park with children's playground and a beautiful Lake.
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