For the safety of our patrons and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Raynham Hall Museum will be closed to the public and has cancelled all programs until further notice.

For at home activities and information on distance learning programs for schools, please click here.

Our last exhibit, “The Home Needle: Nineteenth-Century Textiles from the Raynham Hall Collection” is now online!

In an effort to support Oyster Bay businesses and the community during these uncertain times, please visit this page, http://www.visitoysterbay.com/community-resources-covid19.html, for available resources.

Home of George Washington’s intelligence operative Robert Townsend, Raynham Hall is a time capsule of Long Island life in the 18th and 19th centuries. Purchased by Robert’s father Samuel around 1740 and expanded from a two-over-two farmhouse into a four-over-four town house whose land extended down to the bay and for acres all around, the Townsend family homestead was named Raynham Hall by Samuel’s grandson, Solomon, when he renovated it according to the Victorian taste of his own time, in the mid-19th century. Having shed most of its surrounding property around the turn of the twentieth century, the house’s final transformation came in the 1940s with the removal of the Victorian elements from the front part of the house, which was then restored back to its original Colonial appearance, but retaining the Victorian rear addition.

Event Information:

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    Holiday Children's Workshop

    2:00-3:30 p.m.Raynham Hall Museum, 20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

    Children's Holiday Workshop

    A Christmas CarolTo accompany our winter exhibit, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, on Sunday, December 6, from 2-3:30 p.m., the Museum will present a children's workshop, including a reading of the class Dickens poem, A Christmas Carol, by Michael Goudket, who will re-enact the character of Father in the famous poem. The event will also include an ornament workshop and refreshments of cookies and cider. Participants will be welcome to tour the museum and enjoy the holiday spirit of the past, in the present!

    The children's holiday workshop is $15 per child. Please call the museum for reservations as space is limited. 516-922-6808