Three Museums and Cafe Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday

Three Museums and Cafe Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday

If you solemnly swear you are up to no good, three museums and a cafe in the Town of Huntington invite wizards and muggles to celebrate Harry Potter’s July 31 birthday week!

The Town of Huntington Historic Partnership created the event to connect the magic of the Harry Potter series with local history. Several local museums and a café are participating.

Huntington Town Historian Robert Hughes said, “Huntington’s museums are always looking for new ways to get people—especially young people—to visit their wonderful collections. What better way than to tap into the enthusiasm for all things Harry Potter? This will be a fun, educational way to celebrate everyone’s favorite wizard’s birthday.”

Nomi Dayan, Executive Director of The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, said, “To stay relevant today, museums need to interpret their collections through a creative lens. Highlighting connections to the world of Harry Potter gives our local community a fun entry point to connect with our diverse collections.”

Event schedule:

Walt Whitman Birthplace
July 24-30

Find Quidditch brooms, the Mirror of Erised, earn Walt Whit’s Beans, and try a sorting hat. Bring in a Potter-themed poem for display!

Children 15 and under free with adult admission

246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor
July 25-August 5

See the largest cauldron in Huntington! Search for Potter-themed haunted items and potion bottles. Decorate an owl mask.

Free with admission. Closed Mondays.

279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor NY 11724

Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum & Reichert Planetarium
August 1-4

Visit for a special scavenger hunt called “Mr. Vanderbilt’s Fantastic Creatures & How to Find Them!”

Free with admission

180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721

Sweetie Pies
July 25-August 5

Enjoy a Butter Beer Latte (decaf available) at Sweetie Pies in Cold Spring Harbor from

181 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724


Members of the THHP members include the Huntington Historical Society, Huntington Town Historian, Preservation Long Island, Walt Whitman Birthplace, Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association, and Northport Historical Society, and Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.