Nassau County Firefighters Museum

The Francis X. Pendl Nassau County Firefighters Museum is located inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum along Museum Row.

The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center provides a unique setting for the preservation and interpretation of our local volunteer fire services heritage via the collection, restoration, and exhibition of historic and contemporary firematic memorabilia and equipment. The visitor experience at the Center increases public appreciation and awareness of the fire services in Nassau County and stimulates volunteer recruitment in local departments.

A major goal of the Center is to educate and inform the public about fire safety and prevention and to display the proud history of volunteer firefighting in Nassau County. The Museum and Education center opened to the general public on Sunday, June 4, 2006, as the newest part of Museum Row. The Firefighters Education Center is located in the heart of Nassau County occupying a 10,000 square foot portion of the former Mitchel Field, Hangar No. 2. Now known as Museum Row, the Firefighters Museum proudly joins the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the IMAX Theater, Nunley’s Carousel and the Long Island Children’s Museum. Its public entrance is through the Reckson Visitor Center.

A café, museum store, and restrooms are conveniently located in this visitor facility.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration

Enjoy a 19th century self guided walking tour through Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Where history comes alive. We will be open Friday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for timed entry self guided tours only. The museum grounds are open to Nassau and Suffolk county residents ONLY. Proof of residency is required. Tickets are only valid for that timed entry and No tickets will be sold at the door. Mask/face coverings are required for entry and must be worn at all times during your 90 minute tour. To ensure a safe social distance tour through our village, please maintain a 6 foot distance from all interpreters and other tour members during your entry. For additional information please call (516) 572-8409. No refunds or exchanges.

THE BARN
The Barn at Old Bethpage Village was constructed in 1995 as a replica of the original 1860 Mineola Fair Building. The 8000 square foot barn with cathedral ceilings, wooden beams and 300 guest capacity is one of the most unique event and wedding venues on Long Island and is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

Natural history museum specializing in Long Island & NYS geology and archaeology with 62-acre nature preserve along Hempstead Harbor.

The Museum is a center for research on Long Island geology and a valued resource in the study of the Island’s Native American archaeology. Reference collections of original archaeological artifacts and geological phenomena are maintained. These are used in exhibits and Museum educational programs and are available for special research purposes. A giftshop provides materials and publications related to the exhibits and educational programming, with emphasis on the natural history of Long Island.

The museum’s exhibits offer Long Island and New York State geology and Long Island Native American culture and archaeology. Geology exhibits illustrate Long Island’s glacial history and explain the formation of today’s land features. Dramatic post-glacial changes in climate and sea level are detailed in dioramas to show the evolution of our landscape during the past 20,000 years. Local leaf fossils and concretions (“Indian paint pots”) are also on display.

There are several more recent exhibits, including a major addition to the permanent exhibits, “The Seasonal Round”, an attractive new diorama exploring Long Island Native American lifeways throughout the seasons of the year. Some of the latest archaeological theories are also detailed in a nearby audio exhibit. Our most recent exhibit is an Interactive Woodland Village, where children and adults are welcome to “plant” corns, beans, and squash or “fish” from the Dugout Canoe.

The archaeological exhibits begin with the migration of peoples from Asia to the New World, and his subsequent cultural evolution. A series of exquisite dioramas illustrates Indian life scenes from Long Island. Numerous prehistoric Indian artifacts are displayed. Other exhibits deal with the first European contact, in the ultimate demise of the Native American culture. The science of archaeology is the subject of several exhibits, including a model of the archaeological excavation.

Nassau County Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture through exhibition and education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. In practice, the Museum pursues the mission by enhancing its permanent collections, sculpture park, historic property and natural setting.

Science Museum of Long Island

The Science Museum of Long Island is a not-for-profit science activity center located on the Leeds Pond Preserve in Nassau County. The Science Museum offers enrichment workshops for children on weekdays and during school vacations. We invite teachers and community leaders to learn about our field trips, as well as programs we can bring to your site.

All activities at the Science Museum are scheduled, pre-registered science workshops. We do not have any exhibits at the moment.

Climb-It@LICM

The Climb-It@LICM two-story climbing sculpture evokes as much energy as the children moving inside. Visitors can keep an eye on one another as they move independently throughout the sculpture, exploring paths and levels. The ribbon-like ramp provides visitors in strollers or wheelchairs with the same winding sensation as those inside the sculpture.

Children must be 42” tall to ensure young bodies can move safely and confidently from one level to another. Grown-ups are often unaware how frequently they lend a helping hand to their children to ensure safety and security. Inside Climb-it, children can see their grown-ups but take charge of their own movement.

What You Learn:

• Gross motor skills
• Independence
• Problem Solving

Curator’s Corner: A Wall Clock that Hints at Life in Pre-War Paris

In this virtual “Curator’s Corner” on Zoom, Dr. Thorin Tritter, HMTC’s Museum and Programming Director, will talk about a wall clock that hung in the dining room of Rosette Fishman’s childhood home in pre-war Paris. It remains today a reminder of the joyous times the family knew before the Nazi invasion of 1940, the horrors that the Nazis brought with them, and the resilience of this family.

Sound Showers

Tap, clap, bounce and dance into a world of percussion instruments and everyday objects that make sound.

Hear the sound in music and the music in sound. Ambient sound is everywhere, and music is something all cultures have in common. Just like language, music is a shared, expressive, inventive, portable way for people all around the world to be together.  We may not speak the same language, but we can have conversations through music by creating and listening to rhythms, melodies and harmonies.

What You Learn:

  • Rhythm
  • Listening skills
  • Fine and gross motor control
  • Global and cultural diversity

Sound play and music are more than entertainment. They can be life-long sources of delight, expression, being together, learning and inventing. Research shows that young brains are elastic and music can stimulate that growth.  Listening is the first of our senses to develop.  Music is fundamentally about playing and growing together.

“Researchers have demonstrated that two to three day old babies can detect the beat in music. It enables such actions as clapping, making music together and dancing to a rhythm.” – Winkler et al. Newborn infants detect the beat in music. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jan 25, 2009.

What instruments surround you?

Bubbles Exhibit

Step inside an enormous bubble and use giant wands to make a room full of bubbles, blurring the boundary between play and experimentation.

Bubbles are intrinsically interesting to all ages, making them a great source for discovery. As a sensory experience, bubbles invite children to become more observant of size, shape, patterns, reflection and color. Adults can pose challenges to draw upon the natural curiosity of children.

Have a contest to see who can make the biggest bubble, keep their bubble afloat the longest, or poke your wet hand through a stretch-a-bubble.

What You Learn

  • Physical properties of liquids
  • Interaction of light
  • Molecular structures
  • Cooperation

My Father’s Place

My Father’s Place, the rock club famous for turning Long Island into a hotbed of new music during the 1970s and 80s has re-opened in June ’18. Now you can experience the magic online though our special live streaming shows.

We are here to make your musical and dining experience the best possible. Please let us know your special needs and we always welcome your suggestions.

If you are a large party, we will do our best to hold a table for you. For small groups, no reservation necessary, your ticket is your table reservation.

Please come early, so we can give you the best seats.