Nassau County Museum of Art
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Location: One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Ranked among the nation’s most important suburban art museums, Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) is located 20 miles east of New York City on the former Frick Estate, a spectacular 145-acre property in Roslyn Harbor in the heart of Long Island’s fabled Gold Coast. The main museum building, named in honor of art collectors and philanthropists Arnold & Joan Saltzman, is a three-story Georgian mansion that exemplifies Gold Coast architecture of the late 19th century. In addition to the mansion, NCMA, which receives nearly 200,000 visitors each year, includes the Art Space for Children, the Sculpture Park, the Formal Garden, rare specimen trees, marked walking trails and the Art School where an extensive array of beginning to advanced art classes are held for adults and children.
Commissioned in 1925 by Frances Frick, an avid horticulturist and garden club member, the Frick Estate¹s Formal Gardens have been restored to the original design of the famed landscape architect, Marian Cruger Coffin. Coffin considered these Formal Gardens to be among her finest creations. In recent years, the historic garden trellis and water tower have been restored to original condition. Additionally, many pathways through the 145-acre property are now marked as guided nature trails.
In 1919, Henry Clay Frick, the co-founder of U.S. Steel, purchased the property once owned by the poet and preservationist, William Cullen Bryant, for his son, Childs Frick. The architect Sir Charles Carrick Allom was commissioned to redesign the facade and much of the interior of the home which the Fricks named Clayton. The younger Frick and his wife Frances lived at Clayton for almost 50 years. Following Childs Frick¹s death in 1965, the estate was purchased by Nassau County which then converted it to a museum, now the Nassau County Museum of Art.
NCMA’s collection of more than 600 art objects spans American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries. Encompassing all types of media, the collection includes works by Rodin, Braque, Vuillard, Bonnard, Lichtenstein, Rivers, Rauschenberg, Chaim Gross, Moses Soyer, Frank Stella and Alex Katz among many others. Particularly notable are the museum’s holdings of works by Latin American artists of the 20th- and 21st-centuries. Among those represented in this collection are Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Fernando Botero, Alejandro Colunga, Arnaldo Roche-Rabell and Efrain Almeida.
The museum also features new exhibitions each season. Visit their website for details: www.nassaumuseum.org
Travel Information from Roslyn Station
Taxi: Call 516-621-4500, fare is $7 each way, $1.50 for each additional person. Less than a 10-minute ride.
For travel information, see schedules or call: 718-217-5477.
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