LIM Galleries Closed to Visitors for the Season, New Exhibitions Open on March 3, 2022

Each year, we close the Museum to in-person visitation over the holidays and early winter while we change over our exhibitions. This year is no different. We are grateful to the many members and friends who have visited this year and look forward to welcoming you all back on March 3, 2022 when we open our new season of exhibitions.

In the meantime, our Education Department continues to conduct both in-person and virtual field trips from the site and our Curatorial Department is hard at work on the spring exhibitions. Our Facilities and Administration Departments are working tirelessly to keep the Museum running, and the Advancement Department is, among other things, excitedly preparing for the return of the LIM Golf Tournament on July 11, 2022. The entire Museum staff is available Monday through Friday, 9am- 5pm, so please reach out with any questions or just to say hello!

We at the LIM wish you continued health and encourage you to keep visiting us online and via social media where we are able to share engaging virtual content that can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your homes until we reopen to visitors in the spring. So until then, enjoy this sneak peek of what will be on view during the spring of 2022!

Spring 2022 Exhibitions

Two Centuries of Long Island Women Artists, 1800-2000.

On view March 3, 2022- September 4, 2022, this exhibition aims to provide a survey of the history of women artists on Long Island, exploring and emphasizing their significance, which has reverberated far beyond this region. By focusing an exhibition entirely on women’s contributions to art history in this region, from Brooklyn to Montauk, over 200 years, this project provides an enormous opportunity to provide a new fuller, richer accounting of women’s prolific and ever-changing impacts.

The LIM’s 23rd Annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibition returns! On view in the History Museum from March 3 – April 3, 2022, the exhibition will feature art from dozens of talented K-12 students from across Long Island. 

Atoms to Cosmos: The Story of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Originally scheduled to open in March, 2020, this ambitious exhibition will run from April 22, 2022- October 16, 2022 and will invite audiences to explore the social, scientific, and technological history of one of Long Island’s most important and internationally-influential modern institutions since 1947, Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Lab operates as a United States Department of Energy national laboratory at the forefront of crucial scientific research and development. As one of Suffolk County’s leading employers and a vital economic and cultural center with a long, complex, often misunderstood, and sometimes controversial past, BNL’s story will have enormous audience appeal. In partnership with the Lab, LIM will tell the important BNL story to our visitors through a combination of more than 150 artifacts, historic photographs, film, and interactive components.

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The Culper Spy Letter: A New Discovery at the Long Island Museum

In August 2020 the Long Island Museum discovered an uncatalogued Culper Spy Ring letter in its collections. Acquired by the museum in December 1951, the handwritten double-sided letter measures 9 3/16” x 7 5/8”, is dated November 8, 1779, and is from Benjamin Tallmadge (using his alias, John Bolton) to Robert Townsend (alias, Samuel Culper Jr.).

For more information on this exciting discovery click on the link.

The Long Island Museum is proud to offer its latest online publication: Long Road to Freedom: Surviving Slavery on Long Island.

Based on the 2019 exhibition of the same name, the publication written by LIM’s curator Jonathan M. Olly, Ph.D., focuses on the experiences of people of color from the 17th to 19th centuries. The five-chapter publication explores: how slavery operated, how African Americans resisted bondage, navigated the era of emancipation, and built communities in the decades after slavery, from Brooklyn to the Hamptons. 

To read the publication click here.

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