The Best Museums Located In Huntington NY

Huntington NY Museums

I’ll admit I don’t have a lot of time to visit museums, but if you do, Huntington has a lot of them and from what I hear, they are very interesting and worth a visit. Located in Heckscher park, there’s the Heckscher Museum of Art. There is free parking and free Admission for the Town of Huntington Employees, First Responders and Family and Active Military Personnel, Veterans, and Family. There is also free admission for Huntington township residents on Wednesdays after 2pm and Saturday before 1pm. The museum originally opened in 1920 and then was modernized in 1957. They have great exhibits and a nice kids program. Loads of information available on their website.

David Conklin Farmhouse Museum

Located on High Street. The house contains artifacts which illustrates three periods of history: Colonial, Federal and Victorian. The house has the original rooms of the Conklin family, constructed back in 1750. The house is a part of the Huntington Historical Society which hold events all year long that are great for kids and families. They have paint nights, winter weaving with wine and great exhibits and the barn is well-maintained.

The Dr. Daniel Kissam House Museum

This museum is also a part of the Huntington Historical Society. The house was built in 1795 and was first occupied by Dr. Daniel Whitehead Kissam, who was a doctor from Oyster Bay. The house is known for its fine architecture and the Kissam barn is the home to many festivals including the Sheep to Shawl Festival and the Apple Harvest Fair. I’ve been to both and they are a lot of fun for the kids. Located on Main Street is the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial which I pass all the time but have yet to visit. It was completed in 1892 as a memorial to the 40 townsmen who died during the Civil War. The building is lovely and has been recently renovated and is an exhibit gallery for the Huntington Historical Society and a visitor center for the town of Huntington.

Back in 1819 Walt Whitman was known as America’s greatest poets

He was born in Huntington and resided in the West Hills area. In the 40’s his house was purchased and turned into a historic site. The Museum has a great range of adult and children’s programming and they are open all year round, except for major holidays of course. They have really great incentives to become a member or a sponsor and offer discounts on programs and shop purchases. They also have a secondary school that goes from Pre-K to grade 12. They host a ton of family events like the Halloween Family Day, the Yultide Family Day and have year-round craft programs which I love the idea of. If you visit Huntington, have a family and are a literary fan, you should absolutely visit the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. I plan on making a trip here myself when I have some free time.