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

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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 delightful museum keeps growing and growing, due to the donations of many benefactors. The carriage Museum has an extensive three level exhibit of carriages from the 18th century to the early 20t...  more »
  • On Dec. 28, 2016, my husband and I enjoyed a lovely visit to the Long Island Museum with our 3 grandkids (ages 7, 5 & 2 1/2. We hadn't been there in years and were looking forward to seeing the new ad...  more »
  • I have been meaning to make a trip here but something always got in the way. I recently make it a point to visit the Carriage museum and I am glad that I did. The only negative is the parking. After t...  more »
  • Saw a wonderful exhibit of blanketed, decorated trees in yarn. Very nicely done!
  • Wow! What a fabulous Long Island experience. The museum presents a wonderful combination of history and art. We spent hours there and will go back again. We especially liked the art museum. The Mount brothers from Long Island are truly world class artists, and there is no other Mount collection on earth as comprehensive as the what the LI Museum has. The labels wonderfully explaining the context of the works. And don't miss the painting "The Wreck of the Mexico," by JF Pringle (1837). It depicts a true-life scene that Walt Whitman -- coincidentally -- wrote about in the poem "Sleepers" in "Leaves of Grass." The painting shows 100 immigrants on a shipwreck off Long Beach, all about to freeze to death. It is a tragic, heart-wrenching scene.
  • Good experience with history tree is so cool looking. ..
  • Lots of carriages. Neat rotating art exhibits. Some local lore.
  • nice museum with plenty to see , inside and outside