Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Staten Island

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Founded in 1881, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections. The Museum is dedicated to making its current and future collections broadly accessible for educators, students, researchers and the general public by providing authentic experiences in the field and at the Museum.

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  • while you are touring the grounds of Snug Harbor, you should drop in the SI Museum. They have diverse exhibits that are interesting and informative.  more »
  • We went to the museum during a Sunday. At first, we weren't sure if we were entering the right building because there was scaffolding around the entrance. The staff there said that that was a common p...  more »
  • Eclectic collection in architecturally significant building on historic site. I like the gallery on the economic development of the island. It is hard to believe the primary terrestrial activity was d...  more »
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  • The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor was very nice. Snug Harbor is the perfect setting for it. The exhibits were well done and interesting. The renovations to the buildings was done in very good taste. There was plenty to see. My one knock was this. I, along with other people there, were disappointed that periods from basically 1940 on weren't there. Most exhibits were from early America. That's ok, but people want to be able to relate to their youth. There should be large section dedicated to the nineteen hundreds on. The staff was very pleasant and helpful...
  • The Staten Island Museum is one of NYC's hidden gems. The museum's collection is eclectic and contains important art and artifacts. It has a large collection of natural science objects, including a major entomology collection, an art collection which spans centuries, and a history collection/archives. The original museum is on Stuyvesant Place near the Staten Island Ferry. The "new" museum is on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. It is beautiful. There are a number of galleries, including contemporary art, painting (which includes Hudson River School painter Cropsey), and a delightful Treasure Box gallery. The Treasure Box contains varied objects and art from the museum's collection. It is so cool. There is also a history display, which includes wall panels showing the progression of Staten Island from farmland to city. It is located in the auditorium, where programming such as lectures, performances, and literary programming takes place. There is fun programming at the museum, too, for adults and children. I can't say enough about this museum. It is handicapped accessible via side entrance, a short bus ride (S40) from the Staten Island Ferry.
  • Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Interesting and informative exhibitions. The free Tai Chi class was an unexpected awesome surprise.
  • Small museum, exhibits were of poor quality, not very informative, and in the case of their Staten Island Ferry exhibit, out of date. There are only about 4 spaces for exhibits. When I visited the top floor was filled with contemporary modern art portraits that had nothing to do with Staten Island or even New York. The basement was a very basic over view of the native american times of Staten Island, without having much detail. The basement didn't appear to have been updated for quite some time as well. I did enjoy some of the rock and insect collections, however they seemed like a product of 1930s museum culture. I wouldn't recommend this museum, but it is close to the ferry, and doesn't take much time to explore.
  • We took the Staten Island Ferry, to see the Statue of Liberty, and then stopped by this museum to give us something to do before heading back. My kids love museums. They enjoyed it, and can't beat the price (free on Tuesday from 12-2). Staff was friendly and a few interesting exhibits. Small but worth the short walk from the ferry.

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