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Nassau County Museum of Art

A well-known poet’s estate now houses an excellent collection of art from the 1800s and 1900s within a pretty wooded preserve.

The Nassau County Museum of Art has not only an esteemed collection of American and European art objects, but also a nature preserve. Come here to refresh your spirit with the creativity of the artworks and refresh your body with a relaxing walk in the woods. 

William Cullen Bryant, the famous poet and author of Thanatopsis, once owned much of the 145 acres (59 hectares) of the property. Walk through the grounds where Bryant’s visitors came to enjoy intellectual and cultural pursuits in the 19th century. Look for the more than 30 works in the site’s Sculpture Garden. Featured artists include Fernando Botero, Masayuki Nagare and Chaim Gross. Today’s eight trails pass through diverse woodlands populated by birds of prey.

Step inside the three-story Georgian Mansion to view some of the 500 artworks in the permanent collection. Most are American and European art from the 19th and 20th centuries in all types of media. Find pieces from Rodin, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, Braque and Freer. 

The museum is also known for its rotating and temporary exhibits. Recent subjects have included New York, New York, with artists’ portrayals of the city, and Glamour Icons: Marc Rosen, revealing how cosmetics packaging has delivered iconic and artistic designs. Check to see what temporary exhibits or shows are scheduled during your visit.

The Nassau County Museum of Art is generally open Tuesdays through Sundays, with short closures several times a year for exhibit changes. Pre-schedule a docent-led tour and stop at the museum store. Look for family art activities on some Sundays as well. The museum charges a fee, offering discounts for seniors, students and children.

Find the Nassau County Museum of Art just north of central Roslyn overlooking Long Island Sound. Plan enough time to view the artworks inside and sculptures outside and walk through the William Cullen Bryant Preserve. Visit the separate site, Cedarmere Museum, with Bryant’s original house and historic gardens, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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