July 3, 2011

The Hicksville Gregory Museum

To begin my Independence Day weekend, I paid a visit to the Gregory Museum of Hicksville. Dating back to the 1880's, this building was formerly the Heitz Place Courthouse; it was converted to a Long Island earth science museum and a national historic place in 1974. While the museum only makes up the ground floor of the 2-story structure, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with content. 

The Gregory Museum houses a diverse assortment of butterflies and moths from North America, Central and South America, Africa, and the Australasian region, featuring examples of the four stages of lepidoptera metamorphosis--egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult. It is a beautiful display.

The remainder of the museum showcases minerals, fossils, and sea shells. As I entered the main exhibit room, I found a wide array of fossils featuring some of the most amazing samples that I've ever seen.

The museum is home to over 10,000 specimens of minerals, many of them very beautiful in color and shape. The absolute highlight of a visit to the Gregory is the display case of fluorescent minerals. When the curtains are drawn and the lights turned down, these samples cast a brilliance that is just spectacular! I love this!

"Light shines on the godly,
and joy on those whose hearts
are right."

~Psalm 97:11