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Museum Row featuring 3 famous Long Island Museums

Long Island Cradle of Aviation
For a valuable understanding of the power of flight, a human dream turned reality in a few short centuries, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is the destination of choice – and Long Island provides the perfect historical context. Permanent exhibits detail exciting periods of major developments in aviation, and the IMAX theatre shows educational and entertaining programming every day. Special events are frequently scheduled, particularly for children, and don’t forget to check out the Red Planet Cafe and Museum Store on-site. Also, make sure to visit Aerospace Park, packed with military aircraft, missiles, and a very-rare, original Apollo lunar module.

Hours: Open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Fees: Admissions fee applies for adults and children
Phone: (516) 572-4111
Website: www.cradleofaviation.org

Long Island Children’s Museum

Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) is a learning laboratory where hands-on exhibits invite visitors to experiment, examine and play. Through lively interdisciplinary activities, children and adults can share in the excitement of the learning process as they explore the world in which we live. The museum is designed for infants through 12 and their grownups. Be sure to check out the events schedule as there are always workshops, films and live performances available! LICM is a not-for-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.

Hours: Open every day from 10am-5pm during the summer. From September through June, open from Tuesday through Sunday 10am-5pm.
Fees: Admissions fee for children and adults
Phone: (516) 224-5800
Website: www.licm.org

Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center

This new 5,000-square-foot museum within the Cradle of Aviation Museum emphasizes fire-safety education through a series of exhibits, hand’s-on activities and live demonstrations. Children learn how 911 calls get routed, for example, and how firefighters position themselves to battle blazes. Combining history and education, the Center feahttp://www.nysparks.com/parks/10/tures interactive displays that allow the visitor to touch, feel and smell the signs of a fire. Historical exhibits trace the evolution of fire boxes and firefighting apparatus.

Hours (fall – spring): Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Mondays that fall on holidays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fees: Admissions fee for adults and children
Phone: 516-572-4177
Website: http://www.ncfiremuseum.org/

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Nassau’s County Old Bethpage Village Restoration provides visitors with a unique and wonderful opportunity to step back in time and experience life in a recreated mid-19th-century American village. The 209-acre village includes an assortment of homes, farms and businesses. Make sure to visit during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration County Fair, held every fall.

Hours: Open Wednesday through Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am- 5pm.
Fees: Admissions fee applies
Phone: (516) 572-8400
Website: http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks/wheretogo/museums/central_nass_museum/old_bethpage_rest.html

Nassau County Museum of Art

Ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums, the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) is located on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular 145-acre property in the heart of Long Island’s fabled North Shore, above Roslyn Harbor. The museum building, named in 2004 in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold and Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies the Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. In addition to the mansion, NCMA includes the Tee Ridder Miniatures Museum, the Outdoor Sculpture Garden, the Formal Garden, the pinetum and the Art Studio, where extensive classes are held for adults and children.

Hours: Tuesday- Sunday from 11am- 4:45pm.
Fees: Admission fee applies for adults and children
Phone: (516) 484-9337
Website: www.nassaumuseum.com