Museums & History

Long Island’s history is as vast and deep as the Atlantic. From the titans of the Roaring 20’s to the spies that shaped the Revolutionary War, history lovers can relish in topics from moon landings to maritime. 

Presidential enthusiasts can follow the Spy Trail to see relics from George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring, made famous by the AMC series “Turn."

Tour stunning grand estates across Long Island’s “Gold Coast” built by industry tycoons including the Vanderbilts and Guggenheims, which served as the inspiration behind The Great Gatsby. Travel back to the horse-and-carriage era at Old Bethpage Village Restoration or The Southampton History Museum. Both venues are said to be haunted by the ghosts of the bygone eras. 

The Cradle of Aviation Museum sheds light on the region’s immense contributions to aviation advancement with exhibits ranging from a Hubble Space Telescope to a sister ship of Charles Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis. Long Island celebrates its unique historical attractions as well including our signature windmills, lighthouses, and local favorite The Big Duck.