Museum Day 2021: Museum Resources at Home

Museum Day 2021: Museum Resources at Home

Check out what local museums, nature centers, and historical societies are currently offering, both virtually and in-person!

Please note that all hours listed are current as of April 2021. Verify hours and events with the museum prior to your visit.

The AKC Museum of the Dog: Public Programs, online resources, children’s programming and virtual tours make this a great resource for dog lovers! Open Wednesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm. Visit to watch videos and clips of dog heroes, training, lifestyle, popular breeds and inspiring stories.

Avalon Park and Nature Preserve: This interactive website, Our Roots – History of the Preserve, has a labyrinth of fireflies to click on and see photos of events. Our Habitat has an interactive map of the park with birds and other items to click on and see nature photos and descriptions. Open 7am – 6pm, Closed Mondays. Check out the Youth Programs page to see current offerings for in-person children’s programs.

Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts: View and participate in many virtual programs including Art At Home, Virtual Rotating Artists, exhibitions, Time Well Spent, Cafe D’Art Tour and art classes.

Brookhaven National Laboratory: Specially created “science at home” activities and videos for all ages. Visit the Brookhaven Lab YouTube channel to watch Science Thursdays, Innovation XLab, research, tours and much more.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Specially created BCM+you videos, activities, and printable worksheets for home. Open Thursdays from 2pm – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm. Visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum YouTube channel for Museum on the Go videos and other fun activities.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan: Visit the CMOM webpage for current hours, and Children’s Museum of Manhattan at home: bringing the museum home with different activities for each day of the week. Check out the CMOM YouTube channel to enjoy storytime, crafts, parenting advice, and more.

Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society: Enjoy in-person events and virtual presentations: Celebrating our Suffragists; Port in Pictures: Video Recordings. View a 360 degree virtual panoramic tour of Port Washington sites through photos with music/sound effects.

Cradle of Aviation Museum: Open to the public, and also offers a virtual tour, online activities to do at home, and more. (Note, there may be some inappropriate language on videos of historic events, found on lunar landing clip from movie.) View the Cradle of Aviation YouTube channel for crafts, Q&A’s, cooking, trivia, guided tours and more.

Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council: View an interactive timeline with videos and photos of historical landmarks, as well as a video of the old schoolhouse.

East End Seaport Museum: Preparation for next season’s exhibition is continuing. The museum will be sharing the process and discoveries with you in the form of photos and short videos posted on their website and Facebook page. Museum closed at this time, but the Village Blacksmith Shop is open Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm, Lighthouse Tours July – October.

East Hampton Historical Society: View upcoming events and programs, both in-person and Zoom, and check out their Educational Resources page where you can download fun and educational activities.

Farmingville Historical Society: Here you can view a collection of photographs, the “History of Farmingville” video, and explore a timeline from 1731 through 1992 outlining the history of Farmingville.

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society: See a 360 degree view of the lighthouse and other buildings on the property. Museum is currently open daily 10am – 5pm.

Freeport Historical Society & Museum: Online collections which include late nineteenth century postcards, newspapers from 1895, early playbills and music scores that showcase the many artists and entertainers who resided in Freeport. Open Sundays 2pm – 5pm.

Gold Coast Arts Center: Watch online film premieres, find links to some of GCAC’s favorite short films, see recommendations for films to watch at home, and view the “Cultural Insider Series,” a “series of intimate conversations to bring you the best in film, art, and meaningful dialogue.”

Guild Hall: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 5pm. View the Guild Hall YouTube channel for Virtual Stirring the Pot, Art Salon, Conversation, music and more.

Heckscher Museum of Art: The current exhibitions are now online and Heckscher Museum of Art continues to develop new and exciting ways to connect, learn and create with you. Museum is open Thurs – Sun, 12pm – 5pm. Timed tickets required.

Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County: In-person garden and museum tours by appointment only. Offers virtual programs. View their YouTube channel to watch Curator’s Corner, book discussions, cooking, post-screening discussions and more.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Offers virtual programs, tours, homeschool resources, oral history project, and virtual tours via Google. Open Thursday through Sunday 10am – 5pm. Purchase tickets online in advance.

Islip Art Museum: Take a virtual stroll through the Islip Art Museum. Visit the Islip Arts Live YouTube Channel to view Art at 50 plus New Beginnings along with music and more.

Long Island Aquarium: Open Sunday-Saturday 11am-4pm. Timed tickets required – Middle Country Library cardholders can purchase discounted tickets at the Centereach customer service desk. View live tours and events on their Facebook page.

Long Island Museum: Offers an activity guide that compliments the virtual tour of one of the current art exhibits, Off the Rack: Building and Preserving LIM’s Art Treasures. Open Friday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm.

Long Island Radio and Television Historical Society: Offers a podcast and educational videos with a quick and interesting history of Long Island’s wireless communication.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame: Check out the Long Island Concert Calendar. Be the first to know when your favorite bands are coming to Long Island!

Long Island Republic Airport Historical Society: Listen to selected recordings from the oral history series of the Long Island Republic Airport Historical Society.

Long Island Science Center: Calendar of free and paid online STEM and science classes. Open Wednesday – Friday from 1pm – 5pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 5pm.

Massapequa Historical Society: View historic photographs of the Massapequas, digitized and made available online by the Massapequa Historical Society and Massapequa Public Library. Visit their website for tentative in-person events.

Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society and Museums: Take a virtual tour of the 1799 Jesse Tuthill House and the 1841 Ira Tuthill House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, New York State Register of Historic Places and Designated Southold Town Landmarks.

Museum of American Armor: View photographs and facts about each of the historic tanks, armored vehicles, artillery, and other exhibits at the museum. Open to the public Friday-Sunday 11am – 3pm.

Museum of the Moving Image: Each year the Museum screens more than 400 films in a stimulating mix of the classic and the contemporary. View the current screenings from the comfort of home (paid) or participate in free online events. Reopens to the general public on 05/01/21.

Nassau County Museum of Art: Take a virtual tour of the gallery, access resources for teaching and learning from home, view instructional art activities for kids, or participate in an art practice session for all ages. Arboretum, trails & Sculpture Garden open daily 9 am to dusk; Mansion open Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 4:45pm; Manes Center open Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 4pm. Advance timed ticket entry is required to visit the indoor exhibitions.

The North Shore Historical Museum: Current virtual exhibit is Art of the Tiffany Foundation, past exhibits also available. Participate in virtual events, such as Marjorie Merriweather Post. Please RSVP to receive an email link to the program.

Old Westbury Gardens: Explore Old Westbury Gardens through virtual tours of the Westbury House, Gardens, and current blooms. Then get outside and explore your own backyard with downloadable Backyard Learning brochures. Gardens are open for visits, please pre-reserve or pre-purchase admission tickets online.

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum: View photographs and facts about the museum’s collection of historic locomotives, train cars, and other “heavy metal objects.” Anticipated opening date of 05/15/21.

Oysterponds Historical Society: View the museum’s free “Alone Together Lecture Series” online via Zoom. Check their website’s event calendar for descriptions of the lecture events and Zoom details.

Parrish Art Museum: Engage with the Parrish online. Delve into the art and artists in the collection, take an online class or workshop, and experience inspiring podcasts, videos, and programs featuring artists and curators. Also open to the public with pre-purchased timed admission tickets.

Patchogue Arts Council: Gallery Open Thursday – Friday 2pm – 4pm & 5pm – 7pm and Saturday – Sunday 1pm – 3pm & 4pm – 5pm. View virtual past and present MoCA LI exhibits, enjoy PAConnected: PAChats, Learning to Look, Stir Crazy Sessions, Coffee with a Curator and more.

Planting Fields Arboretum: Open Daily from 9am – 5pm. Visit website or call for Coe Hall and Greenhouse visitor information. Engage with the arboretum virtually through their Panorama programs, virtual tours, Family Explorers or recharge with a selection of good reads. Check out the Family Explorers page for videos, activities, games & printable pages for families to do at home.

Pollack-Krasner House and Study Center: View photos and scans of the current exhibition and listen to an audio tour. Open from May – October by advance reservation only.

Railroad Museum of Long island: Riverhead open Saturdays from 10am -4pm. Greenport will reopen for the 2021 Season on Saturday and Sunday, May 29 and 30, 2021.Browse through photos and facts about the museum’s collection of historic LIRR train cars, locomotives, and the 1964-1965 World’s Fair train.

Raynham Hall Museum: Raynham Hall’s last exhibit, “The Home Needle: Nineteenth-Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection” is now available online. Includes photos, scans, and detailed information about 19th Century needlework.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site: Areas open to the public include park grounds, walking paths and trails, and the beach area and Eel Creek. Visit Sagamore Hill virtually from the comfort of home! Through Google Arts & Culture, you can tour the Roosevelt Home in 360 degrees, check out pieces from the museum collection, and view several different stories on various Sagamore Hill topics.

Sagtikos Manor Historical Society: Photos guide through the 300 year old Manor House where you can view furniture, accessories and architectural styles of periods from the late 1600’s to the middle 1900’s. Your tour will take you through the first and second floors where, among the many rooms, you will see the bedroom where President George Washington slept on his tour through Long Island in 1790.

Sands Point Preserve: Information and primary documents from Exhibition: The Goddard Connection, including archival photos of the space travel pioneer and his early rockets. Open to visitors Wednesdays through Sundays. Self-guided tours also available. The Sands Point YouTube channel includes Four Seasons In Music, guided nature walks and more.

South Fork Natural History Museum: Offering many in-person programs as well as Zoom programs . Open daily from 10am – 11:30am & 1pm – 2:30pm, by reservation only. Advanced reservations are required for all events.

Southampton History Museum: Open Wednesday through Saturday 11am – 4pm. Please make a reservation online or by calling for in-person tours and exhibits. Virtual exhibits include photos of artifacts and information from several past exhibits.

Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe: Virtual programs for all ages. Enrich your life from home with educational and entertaining activities and events that you can enjoy on any computer, smart device, or tv. The Tesla Science Center YouTube channel showcases Tesla’s bold spirit of invention, providing innovative learning experiences, fostering the advancement of new technologies, and preserving his legacy.

Three Village Historical Society: The 2021 Virtual Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to living rooms near and far, all lectures begin at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time and will be held on Zoom and moderated by Mari Irizarry, TVHS Creative Services Director. Additionally, download a self-guided walking tour, or book your own private Tri-Spy tour.

Vanderbilt Museum: Open weekends, includes access to the Grounds, the first floor of the Hall of Fishes marine museum, the Habitat and Stoll Wing animal dioramas, and the natural-history and cultural-artifact galleries on the first floor of the Memorial Wing. Private mansion tours available.

Vanderbilt Museum Planetarium: The Planetarium has shared a collection of videos on their website, including Astronomy learning videos, Printable worksheets, Konnie Comics, and more.

The Whaling Museum at Cold Spring Harbor: Open Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm with advance tickets. Museum from Home offers virtual programs: every month, pick up a new craft at the Whaling Museum and create at home! Purchase online for $10. Enjoy how-to craft videos by museum education staff, whaling-era parlor games, Hidden treasures from the digital collection and online exhibits.