Long Island Museum – Explore exhibitions on American Art and History with a Long Island Connection.


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian affiliate, dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults and children with an understanding of Long Island’s rich history and diverse cultures.

The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from noon to 5.

Regular admission is $10 per person, $7 for seniors and $5 for students ages six to 17. Children under six and museum members are free.

For more information call 631-751-0066

Long Road to Freedom:  Surviving Slavery on Long Island

February 15 through May 27, 2019

In 1626 Dutch merchants brought the first group of enslaved Africans to New Amsterdam. When the English took control of the colony in 1664 they made New York a hub of the slave trade. Over the centuries, the institution of slavery impacted every community on Long Island. Imported as laborers by European colonists, these enslaved Africans and their descendants performed domestic, industrial, and agricultural work while fighting to maintain a complex cultural heritage. New York State formally abolished slavery in 1827 after significant opposition from enslaved and free African Americans and their white abolitionist allies. In the wake of the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement, legacies of slavery endure on Long Island in how we think about race and relate to one another on institutional and individual levels even today.

Walt Whitman’s Arcadia:  Long Island Through the Eyes of a Poet & Painters

February 15 through September 2, 2019

Walt Whitman’s writing reveled in a 19th century America that swept far past, in place and reference, the Long Island region that had once been his childhood home. Still, Whitman’s prose and poetry often reveals the Long Island that he loved: a place of farmers, fishermen, and uniquely beautiful landscapes and seascapes. This exhibition, marking the great American bard’s 200th birthday celebration, pairs Whitman’s words with contemporary artist’s painted depictions of Long Island. From “the wild unrest” and “tossing waves” of Montauk Point to the “isle of sweet brooks of drinking-water—healthy air and soil,” Whitman often returned to “fish-shaped Paumanok,” a region that also inspired growing numbers of artists throughout the 1800s. Walt Whitman’s Arcadia will present chosen passages from Whitman’s writings alongside more than 20 paintings by William Sidney Mount, John F. Kensett, Lemuel Wiles, and more. The stunning wooded landscapes, rustic scenery, and rugged shoreline that so captivated Whitman was equally fascinating to artists from across the region.