Last updated: 3/5/2011
Roslyn Harbor, New York
Street Address
One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Mailing Address
One Museum Drive
Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
phone: 516-484-9337
fax: 516-484-0710
web: www.nassaumuseum.org
Hours
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am to 4:45 pm
Admissions
$10 adults, $8 seniors 62+, $4 children 4-12. Members free $2 per car parking fee, weekends only (members free)
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Doris Meadows, Museum Contact
Karl Emil Willers, PhD, Executive Director
phone: 516-484-9337
Description

Ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art is located 20 miles east of New York City on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular 145-acre property in Roslyn Harbor in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold & Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. In addition to the mansion, Nassau County Museum of Art, which receives nearly 200,000 visitors each year, includes the Art Space for Children, the Sculpture Park, the Formal Garden, rare specimen trees, marked walking trails and the Art School where an extensive array of beginning to advanced art classes are held for adults and children. The museum annually presents major rotating exhibitions, many of which are original to the museum and are organized by the museum’s own curatorial staff. Always adventurous in scope, exhibitions have reached across a broad spectrum of artistic eras and concerns. The permanent collection of more than 600 art objects spans American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Encompassing all types of media, the collection includes works by Rodin, Braque, Vuillard, Bonnard, Lichtenstein, Rivers, Rauschenberg, Chaim Gross, Moses Soyer, Audrey Flack, Frank Stella, George Segal and Alex Katz among many others. Particularly notable are the museum’s holdings of works by Latin American artists of the 20th- and 21st-centuries. Among those represented in this collection are Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Fernando Botero, Alejandro Colunga, Luiz Cruz Azeceta, Arnaldo Roche-Rabell and Efrain Almeida.

Mission

Nassau County Museum of Art is chartered under the laws of New York State as a not-for-profit private educational institution and museum. A privately elected board of trustees is responsible for its governance. The museum is funded through income derived from admissions, parking, membership, special events and private and corporate donations as well as federal and state grants.

History

In 1919, Henry Clay Frick, the co-founder of U.S. Steel, purchased the property once owned by the poet and preservationist, William Cullen Bryant, for his son, Childs Frick. The architect Sir Charles Carrick Allow was commissioned to redesign the facade and much of the interior of the home which the Fricks named Clayton. The younger Frick and his wife Frances lived at Clayton for almost 50 years. Following Childs Frick’s death in 1965, the estate was purchased by Nassau County which then converted it to a museum, called Nassau County Museum of Art. Once administered by Nassau County’s Office of Cultural Development, the museum became a private not-for-profit institution in 1989 and since has been governed and funded by a private board of trustees which includes many of Long Island’s most prominent business, civic and social leaders.

Educational Programs

Accredited by the New York State Board of Regents as a museum and educational institution, Nassau County Museum of Art serves more than 18,000 Long Island school children and their teachers who visit the museum each year for exhibition tours and art-related activities. The Education Department additionally sponsors extensive programming for children, adults and family groups and also offers professional development to Long Island’s educators. NCMA’s professional education staff is augmented by more than 300 volunteers including 50 docents who provide informative exhibition tours for the public and who extend the museum's reach by offering programs in community-based venues such as libraries and senior citizen centers.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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