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

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read more »
  • We visited with my 3 and 6 years old children on the family fun day. There was an instrument petting zoo, where after a short introduction they could touch and help to operate real instruments. The cr...  read more »
  • The music exhibit featuring 60s, 70s, and 80s music - videos, clothing, pictures - was great. Also like the Art Museum across the street which looked at a similar time period. 
  • What an impressive museum here on long Island. With the carriage house incredible collection. The old school house and the art museum. If only for the carriages take the time and visit this place.
  • Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time when you come here. I seem to always come within an hour or two of closing, and I don't like being asked to leave "early". It must be because it is so close to home?
  • 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 coincidently 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 beautiful yet heart-wrenching scene.
  • A wonderful venue for artists
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