The Nassau County Museum of Art, located in the former home of Henry Clay Frick, is a big beautiful brick Georgian Colonial house. Bring a camera to capture pictures of magnificent paintings and sculptures from the 19th and 20th century found throughout the house.
In addition to viewing art, the Museum offers plenty of activities for kids. Located on 145 acres of land, kids can freely run and play on the grounds. Kids can pick up a scavenger hunt list from the main building and have a fun time finding all the cool items. They can also visit the formal garden with its brick paths, amazing boxwood designs, and beautiful spring blooms,
The museum holds Family Sundays at the Museum every week at 1 pm. Kids can participate in family friendly tours of the Museum and then work on a creative project. For example, one week kids made Gyotaku (Japanese fish prints) which involved rolling paint on real fish (dead) and then pressing them onto paper. The kids seem to love the gross out factor of the project.
Exhibits change about every 4 months. Past exhibits have included Milton Avery & The End of Modernism and Richard Avedon Photographer of Influence. Kids’ exhibits have featured Show Us Your LEGOS which displayed sculptures made exclusively out of LEGOS.
The Museum does not have a café so bring a snack. As an alternative, many restaurants reside nearby. In the Historical Village of Roslyn just west of the Museum, families can eat at Dianne’s Bakery Café, Yuzu Sushi, Citron Bistro, Hendricks, and the new Poll Brothers restaurant (soon to open at the site of the former George Washington Manor). East of the Museum parents and their kids can grab beverages at Starbucks in Wheatley Plaza and eat at Bar Fritte or Ben’s Kosher Deli.
Experiencing the Museum can be more than a one day event. The Museum offers art classes that run weekly for 3 months. Classes include drawing, painting, and sculpture for adults and children and cost about $200. Museum Members receive discounts, and the cost of materials is extra. Registration forms can be found on the Museum’s website.
Nassau County Museum of Art – One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, New York 11576
By Bettina Clermont Saad