2695 Route 112
Medford, NY 11763
Phone: (631) 654-3000
Fax: (631) 654-1281
2695 Route 112, Medford, NY, US, 11763
- Phone: (631) 654-3000
- Fax: (631) 654-1281
Arts & Museums
A historical 19th century sea captain's house that includes a milk house, a working blacksmith's shop, and a barn museum that houses local history exhibits.
This museum is very much kid-centric - the displays are colorful and interactive and their sole purpose is to educate children about science in a way that isn't dry, or disinteresting. The lessons all adhere to the New York State Math and Technology Standard. There are free tours daily, for children between first and eighth grade - call ahead for tour details.
This charming museum is in honor of local volunteer firefighters, both present and past. They have a beautiful collection of antique fire trucks, as well as a host of other relics. Admission is free but all donations are gladly accepted. Call the museum or check the website for more details.
There are many maritime-themed museums on Long Island, due to its rich nautical history, but this is one of the biggest and most comprehensive. It covers many different areas including shipwrecks, the sea-life of Long Island, recreational fishing, small boats - and so much more. You can get up close and personal with the 1888 Oyster Sloop Priscilla, learn about oyster catchers, and check out the maritime library. School tours are also available. Check the website for more details.
Most kids love a hands-on approach to education and at the Children's Maritime Museum in Port Jefferson, they have the perfect opportunity to do just that, whilst also learning about Long Island's rich maritime history. You can wander through a lovingly recreated ship's store, Pirate's Cove (a great storytelling area) or hop aboard the Big Ship, and learn about how to load cargo, or steer the ship. The excellent displays and the hands-on approach mean that the Maritime Museum is a great destination for kids of all ages. Call ahead for admission prices and opening hours.
Rebuilt in 1751, after the original mill was washed away in a powerful flood, The Stony Brook Grist Mill continues to operate and shed light on the way life used to be in the sleepy Long Island town. Since it's construction, the mill has been owned by over two dozen people but now is in the hands of The Ward Melville Heritage Organization. It is free to visit and easy to walk around.
Boasting a permanent collection which contains over 40,000 artifacts from the 18th century through the present day (including almost 200 carriages), the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages is an inspiring location to visit and explore the regional heritage. The impressive collections are used for school and after-school educational programming, as a basis for special events, and to foster appreciation of local history. Gardens and historic structures dot the grounds, welcoming visitors on summer days. Guided tours or maps are available.
This historic inn and tavern belong to the 1690s era, through the time, more additions to the original structure were made. It was incorporated in the National Register of Historic Places in 1993.
The Islip Art Museum is one of Long Island's premier contemporary art facilities - it showcases the best of Long Island's contemporary artists, new and emerging artists and artists that have close ties with the island. The museum also features the Carriage House, an established project space for new and experimental work. The building itself, constructed in 1910, is also worthy of notice, as it's one of the only examples of Edwardian shingle architecture remaining. The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays; suggested donation for entry is USD3.
This national museum is dedicated to outstanding Jewish athletes and sports stars that have distinguished themselves, both on and off the field, throughout the years. It is also a sober reminder that prejudice and stereotypes still remain, although a great deal of progress in eradicating these injustices has been made. The museum often holds special events, such as film showings and art exhibitions; keep an eye out also for the annual induction ceremony, for the latest group of athletes to be honored. Call ahead for opening hours.
The Suffolk County Historical Society Museum was built and is maintained to preserve the memory and history of this vibrant community. The museum houses over 20,000 objects that signify the history of Suffolk County and of Long Island. Some of the exhibits within the museum are Sylvia Downs Staas Gallery, the Early Suffolk Farm Life and the Rise of Crafts Exhibit, the Transport Exhibit, the Arms and Armament Exhibit and the Indians of Suffolk County Exhibit which all showcase the eclectic history of the community. The museum holds events throughout the year, like the bike fundraiser, that help to bring fresh exhibits and artwork to the organization. Also located on the premise is the Suffolk County Historical Library that has a vast amount of historical works and past newspaper and articles about Suffolk County.
Long Island and its rich communities have a lot of thanks to give to the railroads, especially since they helped bring many of its people and goods to the island in its early days of settlement. The Museum is charted by the New York State Department of Education and was organized in 1990 to preserve and restore the history and artifacts associated with the Long Island Railroad system.