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Long Island Museum unveils new carriage galleries

April 26, 2013 | 10:15 AM
After a six-month renovation, The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages unveiled two new carriage galleries on Thursday night.

The new galleries — entitled "The Streets of New York" and "Driving for Sport and Pleasure" — feature some new sights for visitors. According to the museum Curator Joshua Ruff, the new galleries display a few pieces that were recently taken out of storage or acquired. One of the pieces, the Tally-Ho road coach, which the museum acquired from the Museum of the City of New York, has historical significance because of the popularity of the coach's style during the late 19th century.

"It's a really important American road coach from the 1870s and it helped to start the whole phenomenon of road coaching," Ruff said. "It was very popular in the press. It was covered in all the newspapers and magazines of the time."

The renovation was made possible by a $286,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency that provides funding for humanities programs. The new galleries were part of the latest phase of renovations that the museum has gone through over the last 10 years.

The museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

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