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153-75 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11434
Phone: (718) 341-4300
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Arts & Museums
Queens National Guard Armory is a storehouse of sorts where you can find all the arms and ammunition used by the army. This place attracts a modest number of visitors because of its intriguing collection. There are also many old and antique weapons here on display. This place is also a host to many events like exhibitions, small music shows and so on.
Built around 1840, this Colonial Revival style building is the only one of its kind remaining in Valley Stream. The Pagan Fletcher House is a restored 19th-century home maintained by the Valley Stream Historical Society. Consisting of three floors with Victorian furnishings, period clothing, an antique sewing room and personal artifacts of the Pagan and Fletcher families, it is now a local history museum, giving a glimpse of an era gone by. It is open only on Sundays and the admission is free.
Located on the former site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs, Queens Museum contains exhibits from the two Fairs, as well as broader exhibits intended to reflect the cultural diversity of Queens. Perhaps the best known attractions are the Panorama of New York City, a replica of Manhattan with more than 800,000 miniature buildings; and the Unisphere, an enormous abstract sculpture of the earth from the 1964 World's Fair, located outside the museum. Souvenirs are available at the gift shop.
Located in a 300 year old historic grist mill that is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, this museum features exhibits on local history, Native Americans, and turn-of-the-century memorabilia and artifacts.
This 47-acre site, parts of which are over 200 years old, is a working farm that grows produce and houses livestock. It is hard to believe that a place like this exists in New York City, but there it is. The farm hosts a yearly children's festival and apple festival, and there is a picnic area on the premises. There are also regular tours of the farm and its history, and a variety of educational programs. Admission is free.
CSTL's Amazing Animals Exhibit is located at the Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, NY. Visitors can enjoy the preserves streams, ponds, and nature trails any time. The Center offers family science programs, field trips, camps, birthday parties and more. Amazing animals features 3,000 square feet of snakes, reptiles, mammals, birds, and amphibians. A colorful visitors guide will guide you and your child through the exhibit with thought provoking questions and facts about the animals and their environments.
Headquartered in a historic 18th Century farmhouse known as the Kingsland Homestead, The Queens Historical Society presents exhibits and tours depicting the history of this particular farm. Perhaps more importantly, it also functions as the central repository of the 300-year history of the borough. The society publishes a quarterly newsletter and offers walking tours, lectures, slide shows and exhibitions. Its library and archive of primary and secondary source material is open by appointment.
Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, this national and city landmark was the home of New Orleans jazz icon Louis Armstrong during the latter half of his life. Today, the house also operates as a museum, where much of the house and its furnishings remain just the way Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, left it. The museum is shown only through guided tours, which last 40 minutes and begin every hour. The tour takes visitors through the house, while also playing audio clips from Armstrong's life, such as him practicing his trumpet or eating a meal, among other things. After the 40-minute tour, visitors are welcome to explore the exhibit area and a Japanese garden.
Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum, is the oldest Dutch House and a landmark in the city today. Established in 1937 it is the oldest surviving wooden structure in the country. Events and programs continue throughout the year. The museum was established to promote the interests of the Wyckoffs and they continue to do so via the museum and the books and reading materials brought out by them. This farmhouse museum gives a real live experience of working and living in a Dutch farmhouse.
Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a historic museum that brings to light Weeksville’s past as a vibrant African-American community. They host an array of concerts, lectures, presentations and events throughout the year, that are a big draw among locals and visitors alike. Take a tour of the establishment or attend a program for an intriguing insight into the Brooklyn’s 19th-century heritage.
Built on the site of an older house of 1661, the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House was built by Paulus Vander Ende in 1709. One of the oldest houses in New York City, the house is located in residential neighborhood of Queens. The house is named after the Onderdonk family that came to own the place in 1821.The privately owned property was listed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and is also deemed a New York City Landmark as of 1995. The site is now manage by Greater Ridgewood Historical Society as a museum that is open to public on Saturdays from 1p to 5p.
Founded by Nyssa Frank in 2012, The Living Gallery is a zesty space that is artistic in every way. It is a stepping stone for upcoming local artists by exhibiting their works and hosting various events. It is also a concert venue with the likes of Chantilly, Crown Larks and The Yin Yangs having performed here. Improvise your sketching skills at their Illustration class or attend their fun-filled drink and draw workshop. Enrol your kids in their drama program or join their free yoga sessions.