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Here are 10 Long Island art museums to visit — virtually or in person

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To help find something to do amid the pandemic, locally or at home, we’ve compiled a list of Long Island art museums.

Some you can only visit virtually.

Either way, go feed your soul.


The Heckscher Museum of Art

2 Prime Ave. in Huntington

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The Heckscher Museum of Art is open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and admission is by timed-tickets only. 

Visits are limited to one hour and only 12 people are allowed in the museum at a time.

Members and children under the age of 13 get in free, and admission for others is a suggested donation of $5. Payment is suggested, but not required.

Current exhibitions on view are “Connie Fox: The Sammy’s Beach Series” and “Wood Gaylor and American Modernism” running through April 4.

“Connie Fox: The Sammy’s Beach Series” will be on view again April 8 through April 11.

Book your visit online or by calling (631) 380-3230.

But there’s more.

The Heckscher Museum of Art is also implementing “Virtual Family Hour Sundays” where children ages 5 to 10 are invited for a family-friendly art experience with Museum Educator Tami Wood. 

The programs take place via Zoom 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $5 per child for members and $10 per child for non-members.

Registration is required and can be done on the museum’s website


Art League of Long Island

107 East Deer Park Road in Dix Hills

Art League of Long Island hosts about a dozen exhibits per year in their Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery. But, for the time being, the organization is showcasing work by local artists virtually.

The Art League of Long Island is currently showing their 14th annual “Go APE” Advanced Placement Student Exhibition featuring 2-D and 3-D works by 124 AP and IB art students from 37 high schools on Long Island.

The virtual exhibit allows viewers to click through the gallery as though they’re strolling through it. 

The exhibit runs from March 15 to April 2, and can be viewed on their website


African American Museum of Nassau County

110 North Franklin Street in Hempstead

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People can visit the African American Museum of Nassau County to experience African American art, culture, and tradition through educational programs and exhibitions.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by reservation only. 

Admission is $5 for a self guided tour and $10 for a guided tour and video. Admission for children under the age of 4 is free.

The museum offers a variety of exhibits on influential African Americans throughout history, including the Black women of NASA, Black royals Queen Charlotte and Queen Philippa, and art by Afro-Brazilian artist Ernani Silva.

Call (516) 572-0730 to book your reservation.


Parrish Art Museum

279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill

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Parrish Art Museum reopened their galleries on March 12 and they’re gearing up to reopen their outdoor exhibits for the warmer weather.

The museum is open Friday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the museum grounds are open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Online registration is required and timed ticket periods are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is $12 for adults and $9 for seniors and free for members, students with ID, and children under 18.

Click here to reserve your visit.

Parrish Art Museum also hosts “Friday Nights Live!” which offers live-stream talks, hybrid programs, and outdoor tours every Friday. 

This Friday, Alicia G. Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator and Parrish docents will lead socially distanced walking tours through the museum’s outdoor exhibit “Field of Dreams.”

Registration for this event can be done through the museum’s website


Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

830 Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton

Art lovers can see the work of abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center.

The property, which was once home to the couple and has since turned into a public museum under the wishes of Krasner, is open from May to October by advance reservation only.

The museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday for schools, camps, and coach tours. Thursday through Saturday the museum offers one hour guided tours at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. and on Sunday offers one hour guided tours at noon and 2 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. 

Click here to reserve your visit in advance.


The Long Island Museum

1200 North Country Road in Stony Brook

The Long Island Museum reopened on March 19 and has returned with two new exhibitions:  “Twin Peeks: Scenes Seen Twice, Paintings & Photographs” and “Artists Abroad” running from March 19  to Aug. 1.

The Long Island Museum is open Friday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

Along with the Art Museum, The LIM’s Carriage Museum will be open as well. However, their History Museum will remain closed.

Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, $3.50 for people with a disability, and free for children under 6. 

Reservations are not required.


Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Avenue in Garden City

For parents searching for a fun activity to plan with their kids, the Long Island Children’s Museum has officially reopened.

The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tickets are timed. 

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. is reserved for members only.

Admission is free for members, $14 for general admission, $13 for seniors, and free for infants.

The museum also offers a group rate for $10.

Click here to plan your visit and purchase your ticket.


Longhouse Reserve

133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton

Celebrate spring by taking a stroll through Longhouse Reserve’s sculpture gardens once the grounds reopen in April.

Visiting hours are 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. by appointment only.

Tickets are timed and cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Admission is free for veterans, students, and children under 12.

Check out Longhouse Reserve’s calendar to view their open days and further plan your visit.


Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane in Islip

For those who don’t want to leave the comfort of their own homes, the Islip Art Museum is offering virtual exhibitions on their website

The museum’s most recent virtual exhibition was their “Art at 50 Plus” exhibit which features works from 115 artists.

The events are all presented live on Zoom, then archived on the museum’s website to be viewed at any time.

The Islip Art Museum’s upcoming virtual exhibit “Seeing for Ourselves” is a participatory photography exhibit, and the date is to be announced.


Museum of Contemporary Art Long Island

20 Terry Street, Suite 116 in Patchogue

The Patchogue Arts Council’s Museum of Contemporary Art is open to the public by appointment only.

The gallery is open on Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free and people can email the museum at info@patchoguearts.org to schedule their visit. 

Editor’s note: All open museums are following CDC guidelines, which includes social distancing, mask requirements, limited capacities and other measures.