Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, Stony Brook

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, informally known as the Long Island Museum, is an open-air museum located in Stony Brook, New York. Founded in 1939 as the Museums at Stony Brook, it changed its name in 2000. It is known for its collection of over 200 carriages and its extensive collection of work by the Hudson River School painter William Sidney Mount and over 4000 other paintings, sculptures and prints. In 2006, it became a Smithsonian affiliate.DescriptionThe nine acre complex has seven buildings and multiple barns including a historic blacksmith shop and schoolhouse. There is also a carriage house that displays 100 horse-drawn carriages and an art museum. There are several gardens, fountains, outhouses, and a burial ground.HistoryThe museum received early support from local philanthropist Ward Melville.
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  • This carriage Museum is a must see-these horse driven carriages come in all sizes and shapes-Some from the fire department -the police department some look like they came out of a vampire movie  more »
  • We came to see the art museum display (which was more limited than we would have preferred), but were treated to a most excellent carriage museum. Very comprehensive and informative. A bonus was the d...  more »
  • Spent the morning at the Long Island museum. The art ehibiteds were interesting. Though the exhibit "In Harms Way" was less art than history/anthropology. The collection of carriages was interesting. ...  more »
  • Had a great time. Staff was friendly and helpful not only about the museum but about local events and establishments of interest. The carriage displays were very interesting and well displayed. The bootleg display was informative as wer e the restored buildings and content. Would recommend to anyone looking for a pleasant, at your own pace experience.
  • I have not been to this museum in over 20 years. It has changed and expanded. The exhibition of carriages is extensive. I think it would enhance the experience to have docent tours once or twice a day. As there is so much to see in the carriage exhibit halls that it becomes overwhelming reading all the placards.There also is an a separate art museum and art installations on the property. The mobile sculptures and the crocheted tree cover art installation were impressive.
  • This is heaven for people who love carriages. The exhibit on bootlegging and the prohibition was really interesting and well structured.
  • The carriage connection is a must see! Overall very clean and organized. I would definitely want to take visitors to LI here.
  • Thought i would spend an hour visiting, stayed for three and I'm planning my return visit. Great if you love local Long Island history or history in general. The Art House was being renovated but I was able to walk in to the entry and peek at some neat stuff. Military discount available.

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