Historic Sites In and Around the Downtown
Raynham Hall Museum
20 West Main Street
Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Raynham Hall Museum boasts an exceptional collection of archives and artifacts that provide an in-depth look at the lives and times of the Townsend family and their neighbors from 1740 to 1940. More than 5,000 items of furniture, works of art, household accessories, tableware, cookware, textiles, costumes, toys, and games are preserved and displayed at Raynham Hall. Many objects have a Townsend family provenance. Highlights include furniture and other decorative arts made on Long Island.
Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street
Hours: Tues - Fri, 10 a.m - 2 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Closed Monday or by appointment
The Earle-Wightman House features its 18th and 19th century period rooms, along with a newly opened shop dedicated to local arts and crafts, and a soon-to-open permanent exhibition on the history of the house itself.
The Koenig Center, built in 2011, boasts an exhibition gallery, lecture and workshop facilities, library and archives, events kitchen, and staff offices.
Oyster Bay Railroad Museum
102 Audrey Avenue
Hours: Visitors Center open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm
Currently the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum is housed in the Preview Center, located at 102 Audrey Avenue in downtown Oyster Bay. This interim facility contains selected displays from the OBRM's growing collection, exhibits outlining our ambitious plans for the Oyster Bay Railroad Museum of the future, and a gift shop containing an ever-changing selection of rail-themed merchandise for that special rail buff in your life. Prior to the completion of the Museum, the Center also offers general Oyster Bay visitor specific services at an ideally located, safe and uncongested site.
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
20 Sagamore Hill Road
The Visitor Center and Bookstore is open Wed-Sun, 9am - 5pm
The Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard is open Wed-Sun, 10am - 5pm The Park grounds are open every day from sunrise to sunset.
Guided tours of Theodore Roosevelt's Home have concluded until the rehabilitation project is complete. Areas to remain open to the public during construction include the visitor center and museum store, the Theodore Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard, and the site outbuildings and grounds.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Road
Park Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily; $8 per car until November
Coe Hall Hours: Self-Guided visits to Coe Hall, 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
March 29th through September 30th; October weekends only
$4 non-members, Free for Members and Children under 12
A former Gold Coast estate, the arboretum is comprised of 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. The original historic estate buildings remain including the 65 room Tudor Revival mansion, Coe Hall, which is open for tours spring through fall. The grounds, landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Massachusetts, are spectacularly beautiful year round. Educational programs are offered for children and adults. Planting Fields is an ideal location for wedding photography.
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center
134 Cove Road
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 am - 4 pm, Sat Noon - 4 pm
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and 4th of July
Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, located in Oyster Bay, was established in 1923 as the first Audubon Songbird Sanctuary in the nation. Twelve acres were donated by W. Emlen and Christine Roosevelt in memory of their cousin, the late Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. The Sanctuary's original purpose was to provide a protected environment for songbirds whose populations were declining due to habitat loss. Today, it is a vibrant resource offering a wide variety of activities, including environmental education, wildlife research, and conservation advocacy.