One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
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, most of them, however are on the grass.
There are two paved parking lots where with accessible parking spaces. The main lot, and another much closer to the ramp leading to the mansion's 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 accessible.
The aisles are wide in the galleries and there are benches in some of them. There is a gift shop on the second floor.
- Attraction Type: museum
Number of accessible spaces: 6
Location of accessible spaces: past large parking lot, follow signs down hill to get to the accessible spaces
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: somewhat of a walk from main lot, much closer from smaller parking area
Transportation to venue offered: na
Terrain: flat, but a bit uneven
Places to rest: benches throughout the grounds, mostly on the grass
Paths and walkways: brick, paved walkways and ramp
Location of accessible 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, multi-stall restrooms on second floor
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: no
Available food services: na
Friendliness of staff: very friendly and helpful
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) It is a great place to take lunch to one of the wonderful “brown bag” lectures they have for each exhibit. The Brown Bags are led by Riva Ettus, who always presents a fascinating and informative amount of information about the exhibit. She is a wealth of knowledge. It is always followed by a 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) Just visiting the grounds is a wonderful thing to do!
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. 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 accessible parking spaces that are much closer to the ramp and main entrance.
The people at the desk are always friendly and helpful. You will find a bench in the lobby. A single-occupancy, accessible restroom is located on this floor. Multi-stall restrooms are located on the second 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, thru June is title “Eye-Mind, The Shin Collection.” Although the exhibit itself is quite interesting, having the insights from the Brown Bag presentation, made it even more interesting!
The museum offers many programs. The website is a wealth of information. Visit their website, www.nassaumuseum.org, to find out about them. 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.”