Museums are a great way to spend an afternoon, whether you’re there for educational purposes, or because you enjoy the exhibits on display. The museums on Long Island do a great job of preserving history and showing residents and visitors what life was like here so many years ago. If museums are your thing, or you’re looking to try something new, pay a visit to this year’s Best Museum on Long Island!
2018: Long Islanders Voted Long Island Children’s Museum Best Museum!
Long Island Children’s Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, N.Y. 11530
Ready, set, learn at Long Island Children’s Museum! A fun-filled learning space dedicated to the importance of creativity and play, their exhibits, programs and performances fuel creativity and collaboration to inspire all who see them. Through play, children master skills and uncover passions that will last a lifetime. Whether its dinosaurs or the beauty of bubbles, LICM has something to inspire every child. Try one of their messy afternoon’s where your child, will be up to their elbows in a variety of artistic activities that every kid loves, but this time, you won’t have to do the clean up!
2017: Long Islanders Voted Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium Best Museum on Long Island
Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org Find us a Long Islander who hasn’t had the pleasure of visiting the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, and we’ll make sure to tell them that they’re missing out on a educational experience unlike any other! The museum features several educational exhibits that visitors can’t seem to get enough of, including a marine, natural history and ethnographic collections. The museum also offers a guided tour through the living quarters of the mansion. That’s one tour that you’re not going to want to miss!
2016: Long Islanders Voted Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium Best Museum on Long Island
Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 631-854-5579. vanderbiltmuseum.org For more than 60 years the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium has been a must-see destination for every Long Islander. With countless exhibits and tours, visitors are easily immersed in the fascinating wonders of its marine, natural history, and ethnographic collections. Also the perfect venue for weddings, birthdays, and other special events, Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium is quite simply out of this world!
2015: Long Islanders Voted Cradle of Aviation Best Museum on Long Island!
Cradle of Aviation Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. 516-572-4111. cradleofaviation.org This local gem is dedicated to preserving Long Island’s rich aerospace heritage of discovery and inspiring future generations through science and technology. Curated by a team of volunteers comprised of WWII veterans to former Grumman employees, aviation enthusiasts and many more, a trip to the Cradle of Aviation museum is an unforgettable journey through time learning about our rich, vibrant past and the inextricably linked present and future.
2014: Long Islanders voted Long Island Aquarium Exhibition Center in Riverhead Best Museum on Long Island!
1. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-208-9200. longislandaquarium.com 2. Cradle of Aviation Museum Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. 516-572-4111. cradleofaviation.org 3. Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport. 631-854-5555. vanderbiltmuseum.org
2013: Long Islanders Voted Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport Best Museum on Long Island!
2012: Long Islanders Voted Long Island Children’s Museum Best Museum of Long Island!
1 Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-224-5800. www.licm.com 2 Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. 631-208-9200. www.longislandaquarium.com 3 Cradle of Aviation Museum 1 Davis Ave., Garden City. 516-572-4111. www.cradleofaviation.org