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NOMI DAYAN
Executive Director
The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

Region: Long Island

Committee(s): Program

Nomi Dayan is the Executive Director at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor, where she oversees the museum’s diverse functions, including education programs, exhibits, collections, publications, and partnerships. She joined the Whaling Museum in 2008 as Director of Education in an effort to strategically revitalize the organization's vision and transform its offerings to the community. She redeveloped the museum’s approach and implemented new offerings and events which took a creative, out-of-the-box interpretation of the museum's historic collection.


Her work is her life’s passion: bringing others closer to the wonders of the world. She received her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Originally from Brooklyn, previous experiences include teaching about nature, science, and environmental studies in the education departments of the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and running inquiry-based, interdisciplinary programs about science, botany, and culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Nomi has contributed her work and inspiration at various museum conferences and served on the board of NYCMER. She is thrilled for the opportunity to further contribute to the field through continuing board membership at MANY.


Aside from her work with museums, she enjoys exploring nature with her husband and daughter. Other interests are herpetology, entomology, archaeology, Native American cultures, and creative writing. She is committed to living compassionately and eco-consciously.


The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

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