Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-year family membership to the Long Island Museum (a $60 value) in Stony Brook.
A Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Long Island Museum showcases traditional art, old-fashioned carriages, and special exhibits. The art collection ranges from the 1800s to the present, with more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints from Long Island–affiliated artists. A stock of William Sidney Mount paintings from the 1800s, which depict everyday life in the era of smoke-signal text messages, garners jealous art-world whispers along with a carriage collection displaying more than 100 horse-drawn cruisers from a variety of eras at any given time. A rotating number of special exhibits, such as artifacts from the World’s Fair or 8-track tapes from da Vinci’s own stash, also draw crowds.
Open to the public Friday–Sunday, the Long Island Museum invites visitors to step back in time while strolling through gardens and historic structures. Family memberships come with several perks, such as unlimited access to the museum for two adults and children 18 and younger, 10% off museum merchandise, guest-admission passes, and an extra membership card, good for flashing at security guards or breaking into long-locked broom closets at home.
The Long Island Museum
The Long Island Museum contains a permanent collection of more than 50,000 pieces from the late 1700s to the present. Visitors can explore the museum's American art, historic documents, and full-size carriages to get an idea of what life was like in the past. The museum also hosts special events designed to engage the community and invite people to the museum.
1200 Rte. 25A
Stony Brook, New York 11790Get Directions