One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
(516) 481 - 9337
DescriptionThe Nassau County Museum of Art is located off Northern Blvd. in Roslyn. The art collection and rotating exhibits are in a stately mansion. Outside is a lovely sculpture garden and walking trails. There are benches throughout the grounds.
There are two paved parking lots where cars with handicapped stickers can park. The main lot, and another much closer to the mansion. From this lot one can walk up a brick and paved ramp to the double door main entrance. The building has three floors with access by staircase or elevator. There are restrooms on the main and second floors. The one on the main floor is handicapped accessible.
The aisles are wide in the galleries and there are benches in some of them. There is a lovely gift shop and a cafe that is open on weekends.
- Location of handicapped spaces: *
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: somewhat of a walk from main lot, much closer from smaller parking area
Terrain: flat, but a bit uneven
Places to rest: benches throughout the grounds
Paths and walkways: brick, paved walkways and ramp
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrance
Number of floors: 3
Ramps: to main entrance
Steps and staircases: to all floors
Width of aisles: spacious
Places to sit: benches in some galleries and lobby
Location of restrooms: main and second floors
Type of restroom: single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restroom is located on main floor
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: no
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and helpful
Notes: * In addition to the handicapped parking spaces in the main lot, there are 3 handicapped spaces in a smaller area much closer to the main entrance. Drive through the large lot towards the museum. You will see the parking area just past and to the left of the building. From here there is a ramp to the main entrance.
The Nassau County Museum of Art is a gem that we have visited many times. “It is ranked amongst the nation’s largest, and most important, suburban art museums.” (website) We think of it as a great place to take our lunch to one of the wonderful “brown bag” lectures they have for each exhibit, followed by an always informative tour. Check the date and time and get there a bit early to insure a seat for one of these popular events. If the weather cooperates, it is also a great place to simply wander through the gardens or sit on one of their benches and enjoy the many sculptures.
The museum is located on the former Frick Estate in the heart of Long Island’s Gold Coast. “In addition to the three-story main building, the museum includes the Sculpture Park, Formal Gardens…rare specimen trees and marked walking trails.” (website)
With 145 acres, this is “one of the largest publicly accessible sculpture gardens on the East Coast. Founded in 1989, there are more than 40 sculptures (you can download a map of the sculpture park). The formal gardens have been restored to their original design.” (website)
Entering the Museum’s property from Northern Boulevard, one drives down a winding road towards the parking lot. One can only imagine the grandeur of living here. The paved parking lot is large, with the handicapped spaces closest to the walkway leading to the main building. It is somewhat of a walk on brick pathways. If you drive through the lot and continue just past the building you will find several additional handicapped parking spaces that are much closer to the ramp and main entrance.
If needed, there is a ramp that gets one to the double door main entrance. The people at the desk are always friendly and helpful. You will find a bench in the lobby. A single-occupancy, handicapped accessible restroom is located on this floor.
The galleries on the main floor of the museum are spacious. The upstairs galleries are somewhat smaller. Benches can be found in some of the galleries.
The museum has a permanent collection of more than 500 art objects. It…”presents major rotating exhibitions, many of which are original to the museum…” (website)
The exhibit that is there now, “Energy, The Power of Art,” is an exhibit in which “…the science of art meets the art of science…” (web) “Working with the Br ookhaven National Lab, this innovative project juxtaposes masterworks in many media with images produced by the most scientific instruments.” This exhibit tries to explain the supposedly “invisible” wolrd of energy. The exhibit includes two very interesting films. Try to make time to view them. It will be ending the beginning of November – get there before it closes.!
As always, we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.nassaumuseum.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”