Drs. Sue & Karl Bottigheimer

photoSue and I became members soon after, as young marrieds, we joined the faculty of the fledgling State University at Stony Brook in 1964. The Museum’s quarters were in what is now The Jazz Loft, next to the Three Village Inn.  Jane de Grange was director.  The carriages were in storage in the shed of the old lumber yard.  The Museum was the creation of Ward Melville, as was the siting of the State University Center at Stony Brook.  A period of dramatic change and expansion soon followed for both Museum and University.  Altering its name, the Museum moved to, and built at, its new location, grew to its present handsome form, and broadened community involvement, support, and programs.  I was invited to be a community advisor on the Board’s Collections Committee, later served as a Board member for nine years.  It was a privilege to work with the new, energetic director, Susan Stitt, and especially two expert curators, Martha Pike and Merri Ferrell, not to mention inspiring fellow Board members Louise Hall, Janet Crawford, Ruth Melville Berlin and Vicki Costigan, long-term president.  While I was chair of the USB History Department, Museum and University found ways to cooperate, most memorably in an exhibition and three day 1980 symposium, “A Time to Mourn:  Victorian Funerary Practices”, supported and highly praised by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Some Museum members found it a bit gloomy, but it attracted participants, luminaries, and attention from around the world.  When the new Carriage Museum opened, Sue and I, along with other volunteers helped clean the still-dusty, newly installed carriages.  It was the first and last time we were inside the Vanderbilt’s magnificent, Paris-built Chariot d’Orsay.  The 70s and 80s were the period of our closest engagement with what became LIM, but we cherish its continuing radiant role as a regional museum.

Dr. Karl S. Bottigheimer.

Be part of the LIM experience!
Museum membership supports the Long Island Museum’s mission and gives you access to engaging exhibitions, compelling lectures and programs, entertaining concerts and events, and so much more! Consider becoming a museum supporter at one of our many member levels:

LIMarts ($75)

To enhance and support the artistic wealth that is prevalent on Long Island, the LIM has created a special membership opportunity, LIMarts: a collaborative arts group, designed for visual artists and artisans interested in creating a forum within our community where they can show and share their work.   As a member of the LIMarts, you will be entitled to benefits, including:

    • Free unlimited general museum membership for one year
    • Special invitations to exclusive events and receptions
    • Exclusive entrance into annual exhibition for members of LIMarts
    • Workshops and educational programs*
    • Networking opportunities
    • Two one-time guest free admission passes
    • 10% discount on Long Island Museum merchandise
    • Personalized membership card

*additional fees may apply

LIMarts Members

Individual ($40)

    • Free unlimited general admission for one year
    • Invitations to special exhibition receptions
    • 10% discount on Long Island Museum merchandise
    • Member-only discount on selected programs for adults and children
    • 2 one-time guest admission passes
    • Personalized membership card

Family ($60)

    • All Individual benefits, plus:
    • Free admission for children 18 and under
    • Complimentary admission for your immediate family to Family Fun Days
    • Additional membership card

Contributor ($100)

    • All Family benefits, plus:
    • 6 one-time guest admission passes

Sponsor ($250)

  • All Contributor benefits, plus:
  • 10 one-time guest admission passes

Patron ($500)

    • All Sponsor benefits, plus:
    • Complimentary registration for 2 classes/workshops
    • Special invitation to VIP reception
    • 15 one-time guest admission passes

President’s Council ($1,000)

Join a distinct list of President’s Council Members and enjoy all Patron benefits plus:

    • Special invitations to participate in exclusive events and tours throughout the year
    • 20 one-time guest admission passes

Senior, Age 62+ ($25)

      • Enjoy all the Individual member benefits

Family Senior ($45)

      • Enjoy all the Family Member benefits

Student, Full-Time ($25)

  • Enjoy all the Individual Member benefits

Smithsonian Affiliate

As a Long Island Museum Member, you can add extra value to your membership and become an Affiliate Member of the Smithsonian Institution. For an additional $20, you’ll receive:

    • A one-year subscription to either Smithsonian Magazine or Air & Space Magazine
    • Exclusive travel and study opportunities from Smithsonian Journeys
    • Free admission to the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
    • 10% discount on Smithsonian merchandise

To add this feature to your LIM membership, please call the Membership Department at (631) 751-0066 x246 or e-mail lwhiffen@longislandmuseum.org.

Library Partner Membership

By partnering with the Long Island Museum, libraries can provide a unique educational opportunity to their patrons.  Library Partner membership is $300 per year and benefits include:

    • A free unlimited general admission “family membership” card (in name of Library) for one year.  To be used as a circulated card by library patrons.  This includes free admission for two adults and children 18 and under.
    • 10% discount on museum merchandise to bearer of membership card
    • One courtesy guest lecture at library featuring museum curatorial or education staff
    • Special Business Member facility rental rates.

Please contact Membership Department at (631) 751-0066 x246 or lwhiffen@longislandmuseum for more information.

Corporate/Business Membership

Business membership recognizes your company’s commitment to the quality of life in our communities and gives your company increased recognition throughout Long Island.  Please contact Membership Department at (631) 751-0066 x246 or lwhiffen@longislandmuseum.org for more information.