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Heckscher Museum, Huntington

(4.3/5 based on 55+ 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 have visited this museum twice in the past month. The exhibition featuring Long Island Artists was excellent. The current exhibition "Norman Rockwell and Friends: American Illustrations from the Mo...  more »
  • While in Huntington, take an hour to visit the Hecksher Museum of Art, located right in Hecksher Park. 
  • Love this little museum nestling in a park , my friend and I visited it in September for the first time. It was so quit that day so we spent as much time as we wanted and really enjoyed every piece of...  more »
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  • A great little museum with impressive exhibitions but it seems to be sadly underrated.
  • Surprising good collection for a small, local gallery
  • 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.