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Our education department hosts interesting and informative lectures, musical programs and workshops throughout the year to tie in with our exhibitions. Most programs are free with regular museum admission. Check the calendar for a schedule of upcoming programs.

Conserving Beauty

March 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Senior Conservator from the Smithsonian, Sunae Park Evans will explain the process of conserving and preserving textiles and costume pieces, including the purses and gowns in the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.  Afterward, view the exhibition Brilliant Partners:  Judith Leibers Handbags & the Art of Gerson Leiber […]

Port Jefferson Documentary Series – Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, directed by Steve James and produced by Julie Goldman and Mark Mitten, tells the fascinating story of the government’s decision to prosecute a small, immigrant-owned financial institution, while overlooking far more egregious behavior at much larger institutions. The Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York, were […]

Arts & Alzheimer’s Conference

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Join us for our second annual Arts and Alzheimer’s Conference to discover the vast and enriching opportunities available for individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of memory loss.  This daylong conference will feature highly recognized speakers in the field who will discuss the social connections and engaging collaborative art programs available on Long […]

Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro

April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Built around James Baldwin’s unfinished 1979 book about the lives and successive assassinations of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Director Raoul Peck’s I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO delves into the complex legacy of those three lives and deaths that permanently marked the American social and political landscape. Peck assembles archival […]

Food and American Culture

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Susan Evans, Director of Food History Programs at the Smithsonian will discuss how and why food can be used as a tool for connecting people with the complexities of American History.  Come early and visit Edible Eden:  The Art of Long Island’s Forests, Fields and Waters in the Art Museum.  Discover how different artists have […]

Chasing Gatsby

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This special evening will feature a talk by Maureen Corrigan, NPR book critic and author of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures, followed by a comparison between F. Scott Fitzgerald’s original text The Great Gatsby (1925) and three famous film adaptations. The portions of text chosen […]

Museum After Hours

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Visit the Midnight Rum:  Long Island and Prohibition exhibition for free after hours. For a small fee enjoy a beer tasting and snacks on museum grounds.

Decoy Day

June 11 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Explore the museum’s duck decoy gallery and learn all about the art of decoy carving from local carvers. Day includes demonstrations and facilitated discussion. Free with regular museum admission. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State […]