History Museums Address / Phone Description / Hours
African American Museum of Nassau County 110 N. Franklin St.
(516) 572-0730
The museum interprets the heritage and contributions of African Americans and is the center for their history, culture and creative expression on Long Island.
Open year round, Tues. - Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM; Closed Sunday and Monday.
Baldwin Historical Society & Museum 1980 Grand Ave.
(516) 223-8080
The museum maintains a collection of Baldwin artifacts & history.
Open: Sun. 1 - 4 PM and by appointment. For appointments email Jan. & Feb.
East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum Woods Ave. & Atlantic Ave.
East Rockaway
(516) 887-6320;
Village Hall - 887-6300
Now 327 years old, the Grist Mill has two floors filled with historical artifacts, an old fire pump engine, Indian exhibits & period costumes. A Town of Hempstead landmark.
Open: June - Labor Day, Sat. & Sun. 1 PM - 5 PM. Closed July 4 and Labor Day.
Freeport Historical Museum 350 S. Main St.
(516) 623-9632
Est. 1961, this historical building (portion circa 1863) houses artifacts special to Freeport's uniqueness, including Vaudeville era artifacts, waterfront memorabilia, and period fashions. Also includes genealogical room on Freeport homes, families and Freeport Fire Department exhibit.
Open: Sun. 2 PM - 5 PM, April 26 - Nov. Call for group tours.
Historic Nunley's Carousel 1 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City
(516) 572-4111
Built in 1912, the fully restored 40-horse carousel is a historic object of outstanding design, workmanship, and artistry.
Open: Tuesday - Friday, 12 Noon - 4 PM; Sat., Sun. & Holidays, 12 Noon- 5 PM. July thru Labor Day open Monday - Sunday, 12 Noon - 5 PM.
Levittown Historical Museum Levittown Memorial Education Center, 150 Abbey Lane
(516) 434-7140
The museum houses a collection of memorabilia from the 40s and 50s. Photographs, furnishings, and appliances from original Levitt homes. A walk through this simulated Levitt residence offers an engaging glimpse of Levittown's history.
Open: Wed. 2:30 - 4:30 PM; Fri. 7 - 9 PM or by appointment.
Joseph L. Landers Memorial Restoration and Preservation 369 Ocean Ave.
(516) 792-1910
The museum contains local memorabilia with each room having its own theme. An outstanding feature is the chimney with its dedicated bricks honoring former and present Malverne families. Look for the photo display of the stores and their proprietors circa 1954.
Open: Sun. 12 PM - 3 PM. Also tours by appointment.
The Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center 1 Davis Ave. off Charles Lindbergh Blvd.
Garden City
(516) 572-4177
The museum displays the proud history of volunteer firefighting in Nassau County with a collection of historic and contemporary firematic memorabilia and equipment. The center is used to educate the public about fire safety and prevention.September 11th Memorial dedicated to Nassau County Volunteer Firefighters.
Open: Tue.- Sun. 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed Mondays except in July and August.
Nassau County Police Historical Museum 1490 Franklin Ave.
(516) 573-7620
Group tours of Police Museum for 4th graders & above. Displays of over 80 years of old station houses, weapons, uniforms, and vehicles. Located inside Police Headquarters in Mineola.
Please call for an appointment.
Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre (Phillips House Museum) 28 Hempstead Ave.
Rockville Centre
(516) 764-7459
An authentic Victorian home, circa 1880. Houses a collection of kitchen & carpentry tools, examples of period furniture and original Victorian clothing worn in the 19th century. Extensive archives.
Hours: Sept. - June, Sat. & Sun. 1 - 4 PM; July & Aug., Sun. 1 - 4 PM.
Seaford Historical Museum 3890 Waverly Ave.
(516) 783-8629
Contains unique and educational exhibits that portray life on the South Shore during the 19th to 20th centuries. The building, circa 1893, was originally a schoolhouse, then a firehouse and then a community center for celebrations.
Open: 2nd Sunday of the month 12 Noon to 3 PM; Sundays July and Aug. 12 Noon to 3 PM; and by appointment.
Pagan-Fletcher Restoration 143 Hendrickson Ave.
Valley Stream
(516) 872-4159
A splendid example of a restored Victorian home owned by Robert Pagan, a farmer from Scotland. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places and operated by the Valley Stream Historical Society. Oldest gas station in Nassau County on property and country store.
Open: Sundays 1 - 4 PM; also by special group appt.; closed on major holidays.
Rock Hall Museum- A Town of Hempstead Museum 199 Broadway
(516) 239-1157
Rising majestically from the modern landscape in Lawrence is Hempstead Town's tribute to our colonial heritage. This 1767 landmark was once the home of the Martin and Hewlett families. The museum is a fine example of Georgian architecture with period furnishings. Permanent cold storage and archaeology exhibit. An educational program is available to school groups.
Open: Year round (except major holidays). Wed - Sat. 10 AM - 4 PM; Sun. 12 - 4 PM. Closed Mon. - Tue.
Toll Lodge Photographic Museum 230 Seventh St.
Garden City
(516) 746-7724
Housed in Toll Lodge with the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, the mini museum has memorabilia and pictorial accounts of the era when William K. Vanderbilt staged auto races and built the world's first parkway, a 48-mile toll road linking Queens and Ronkonkoma.
Open: By appointment only.
Wantagh Museum & Preservation Society 1700 Wantagh Ave.
(516) 826-8767
Collection of historical photographs and memorabilia from Wantagh's past housed in the 1885 Wantagh Victorian Railroad Station.
Open April - mid November, Sun. 2 PM - 4 PM; Closed mid November - April. Call for appointment.


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