When it comes to art museums in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Modern Museum of Art in Manhattan are usually the first two that come to mind. Of course, they are among the most famous in the world, but Long Island is actually home to a few incredible galleries and museums with plenty of pieces on par with their big city competitors. So, without further ado, here are some of the absolute best Long Island art galleries.
Marvel at these Amazing Long Island Art Galleries
Nassau County Museum of Art
Nassau County Museum of Art, which is one of the biggest and most important suburban art museums and galleries in the country, is situated on the former Frick estate in Roslyn Harbor, right in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast.
Besides the 3-story Gregorian mansion that serves as the main building and home of most collections, there is also a sculpture park, formal garden, marked walking trails, rare specimen trees and an architecturally significant trellis.
The museum’s permanent collection, however, includes over 500 European and the American pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Works from popular artists like Vuillard, Rodin and Lichenstein are some of their most recognizable pieces. Just remember, the museum is only open from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and is closed on Mondays.
Hofstra University Museum
The Hofstra University Museum is the only college museum on Long Island that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The goal of this Long Island art gallery is to present students and visitors with a deeper understanding and appreciation of works from diverse cultures throughout the world.
Since it first opened in 1963, it has amassed over 5000 unique works from 35 centuries and regions like Asia, Africa and the Oceanic. Hofstra’s pieces include sculptures, photography, prints and, of course, paintings.
Through December, an exhibit titled “Converging Voices: Gender & Identity” will be on display. Then, through March 11, 2018, an Andy Warhol exhibit will be running. They also offer educational and public programs like lectures, performances, workshops and tours.
In particular, its Emily Lowe Gallery can be found in Emily Lowe Hall on Uniondale’s South Campus. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday and opens at noon on the weekends.
The Heckscher Museum of Art
Located in Huntington’s historic Heckscher Park, The Heckscher Museum of Art has provided Long Islanders with exquisite art collections since 1920. Here, you can find over 500 years of western art with an emphasis on works from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The museum’s over 2500 pieces contain amazing works from local Long Island artists and plenty of stunning landscapes, but there are also many from European masters like William Beechey, François Girardon and Frans Verveeck. You will also find modernist works from artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, too!
Through mid-November, the museum’s exhibitions “Seascape and Shoreline Views” and “Comic Cartoons” will be on display. However, they’re always hosting interesting events, so make sure to stay updated with their online schedule.
If you’re a fan of art and history or you’re just looking for an interesting, informative experience, be sure to visit these great Long Island art galleries!