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The Exhibits of The Museum




The museum's exhibits offer Long Island and New York State geology and Long Island  Native American culture and archaeology. Geology exhibits illustrate Long Island's glacial history and explain the formation of today's land features. Dramatic post-glacial changes in climate and sea level are detailed in dioramas to show the evolution of our landscape during the past 20,000 years. Local leaf fossils and concretions ("Indian paint pots") are also on display.

There are several more recent exhibits, including a major addition to the permanent exhibits, "The Seasonal Round", an attractive new diorama exploring Long Island Native American lifeways throughout the seasons of the year. Some of the latest archaeological theories are also detailed in a nearby audio exhibit. Our most recent exhibit is an Interactive Woodland Village, where children and adults are welcome to "plant" corns, beans, and squash or "fish" from the Dugout Canoe.

The archaeological exhibits begin with the migration of peoples from Asia to the New World, and his subsequent cultural evolution. A series of exquisite dioramas illustrates Indian life scenes from Long Island. Numerous prehistoric Indian artifacts are displayed. Other exhibits deal with the first European contact, in the ultimate demise of the Native American culture. The science of archaeology is the subject of several exhibits, including a model of the archaeological excavation.




This is a bird's eye view of the main floor

FOYER

Admissions / The Garvie Family Tree / Announcements


GIFT SHOP

Giftware & book Sales / Front Desk Information


THEATER

Films / Presentations / Programs / Talks


GALLERY:

GEOLOGY AND FOSSILS OF NEW YORK STATE
Geologic Timeline... Precambrian-Present-50 million years from now
How Fossils are Formed
Late Cretaceous Plant Fossils of Garvies Point
ROCK PORTRAITS... The Abstract Art of Minerals Through the Microscope
HOW CRYSTALS FORM: Crystals... Flowers of the Lithosphere
A Study in Nature, Philosophy, Art, Science and the Cycles of Nature
Zodiac Birthstones
Gemstone of the Month


MAIN EXHIBIT HALL

Center Aisle:

The Present is the Key to the Past
SEASHELLS... NATURE'S INSPIRED DESIGN

Window I: Geology of Garvies Point, Ventifacts & Loess


Alcove I:

Rock Cycles
The Rattle Stone Story & Concretions of Garvies Point
GELOGY & THE ORIGIN OF LONG ISLAND
Geomorphology - study of landforms
Climate Change


Window II: Peoples of the North, Artifacts of Arctic Peoples

Alcove II:

PEOPLES OF NORTH AMERICA
Prehistoric Native American Cultures
Native American Life Ways in Early Historical Times


Windows III - V: Archaeology of Long Island, Wolver Hollow House

Alcove III:

PALEO-INDIANS OF THE NORTHEAST
PREHISTORIC INDIANS OF LONG ISLAND
Woodland Stage Artifacts
Pottery of the Northeast


Alcove IV:

East Coast Algonkian Indian Tribes in the 17th Century
Native Long Island Life Ways Through the Seasons
Prehistoric Settlements: Practice of Seasonal Round

Freestanding - Archaeological Excavation Diorama


Alcove V:

Animal Pelts
Native American Tool Technology
LONG ISLAND INDIAN VILLAGE - at European contact
Native Americans and the Environment


Alcove VI:

Replica of an Archaeological Excavation or "Dig"
Life Scene at an Indian Campsite, 1300 AD, Glen Cove Creek


Alcove VII:

Projectile Point Types of the Northeast
Animal Bones & Shell... What They Tell Us
The Study of Human Bones
Wigwam - original construction by the late Cree Elder Don Cardinal, later restored by Teepee Ted

Window VI: Geology of Long Island, Glacial Drift of Long Island


Alcove VIII:

Long Island's Changing Post-Glacial Landscape
The Past 20,000 Years & The Environment's Impact on Culture
Palynology - age determination by pollen and spore studies
Ironstones & Puddingstones of Garvies Point


Window VII: Geology of Garvies Point, Cretaceous Clays


OUTER EXHIBIT HALL:

Interactive Woodland Village
The First People of Long Island...
Eastern Woodland Period (1000 BCE - 1600s)
Dugout Canoe and Wigwam
Massapequa Lake Blade Cache


INNER DECK & OUTSIDE COVERED DECK

Activities / Lunch Area / Preserve viewpoint

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