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Niche museums on Long Island

The Telephone Pioneer Museum in Commack presents the

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

Quirky telephones, whale bones, police gear -- you wouldn't necessarily expect to see them in a Long Island museum. But there they are, on display along with other niche historical relics at lesser-known museums around Long Island. Admission is cheap (or even free), giving you one more reason to brave the cold to pay a visit.