The beautiful 145 acres that the museum now calls home originally belonged to lawyer, political activist, arts patron, preservationist, conservationist, and poet William Cullen Bryant. The location has a long history as a cultural hub and some of the greatest minds and intellects in the country used to travel here in the late 19th century. Bryant was the editor of the New York Post for a long time and did his utmost to promote and champion the arts and develop the cultural climate of the surrounding area.
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Designated as one of the nation’s largest, and possibly one of the most significant, suburban art museums, the Nassau County Museum of Art is situated about 25 miles east of New York City in Roslyn Harbor, Long Island. The museum is carefully curated and has been built to help provide visitors with a varied and in-depth look and understanding of art and culture. The beautiful grounds are the perfect setting for a relaxing and refined experience that aims to educate and entertain the onlooker.
The museum is home to both temporary and permanent collections and exhibitions, and whether visiting for the first or fiftieth time, there will always be something new and fascinating to catch the eye. The permanent collection contains more than 500 pieces that span the art of both America and Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibits display many different platforms and types of media and many notable names are included in the collection, such as Rodin, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Alex Katz, and Bonnard, to name but a few.
It’s not just on the walls of the gallery that art finds a home, however, and the sculpture park is also one of the largest in the nation, with over 30 works on permanent display there. They have been carefully positioned to capture and interact with the lighting and the natural environment of the gardens and include sculptures from Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness, Chaim Gross, Masayuki Nagare, Alejandro Colunga, Manolo Valdes, Richard Serra, and many more. Founded in 1989, the sculpture park is an attraction that has to be seen to be truly appreciated and it’s literally a larger than life exhibition.
The grounds themselves are a work of art, and in this respect, nature can never truly be outdone. The garden has designated trails that can be enjoyed by visitors to the museum and act as another draw and a possible break in a day’s visit to the museum.
Not content to merely act as a gallery, the museum is an accredited educational facility in its own right and offers exhibition tours and other art activities to the local community. On Sundays, the team offers family-friendly art activities and tours free of charge with the price of admission. These start at 1:30pm and 1:00pm, respectively, and shouldn’t be missed.
Admission and Opening Hours
The museum charge $12 for entry for adults, $8 for seniors, and just $4 for children aged 4 to 12. Docent-led tours are held every day at 2:00pm from the main lobby and are free with the price of admission, no reservations necessary.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00am to 4:45pm.
One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, New York 11576, website, Phone: 516-484-9338