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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  • Enjoyed the carriage museum. Some of the speaking things did not work but it was still a good experience. Hard to believe that is how people travelled in the past. Would have been nice to be able to s...  more »
  • A valuable and interesting collection which provides a unique historical perceptive. In addition, there almost is always a thoughtful and well-curated art installation.  more »
  • This is a nice museum, I enjoyed the Prohibition exhibit. The price was certainly reasonable for admission. I would like to see this museum expanded to have more exhibits, perhaps a permanent exhibit ...  more »
  • 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.
  • Much more interesting than you'd think. We really enjoyed it.
  • Saw a wonderful exhibit of blanketed, decorated trees in yarn. Very nicely done!
  • Very good collection of carriages with history. This is must see.
  • 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.

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