The World Renowned Carriage Museum
Introductory gallery telling the story of transportation on Long Island in the 19th century. Featuring a giant fiber-optic map, illustrating how Long Island’s changing transportation routes through the century.
A 19th Century Carriage Exposition
You’re standing inside the Transportation Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the most successful World’s Fair of the 19th century and the one by which all future World’s Fairs will be measured.
Making Carriages: From Hometown Shop to Factory
Witness the dramatically contrasting displays that demonstrate a wide range of American carriage-making concerns, including a collection of carriages made by the Studebaker Brothers, and a real carriage-making shop originally located in Williamsburg, Mass.
The Gentleman’s Coach House: A Fashionable Home for Carriages
Explore a recreation of the interior of a typical 19th century Gold Coast Coach House, featuring stately carriages, a tack room and the groom’s quarters.
European Style and Luxury
Illustrating ornate interiors and elaborate paint schemes seen on the panels of European coaches and adopted by Americans, in order to associate their vehicles with old money, blue blood and good taste.
A Trip to Yesteryear: Long Island in the Carriage Era
Recreation of the old Stony Brook Train Station where visitors can board a depot wagon in which guests were transported from the station to Stony Brook Village. Includes replicas of the Stony Brook Post Office, the E.E. Topping Store and the Samuel West Blacksmith Shop.
Funding for the carriage galleries is provided in part by the Empire State Development Corp., Sponsoring Member, New York State Senator John J. Flanagan; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Early American Industries Association; and other foundations and private contributors.