65th Annual Fence Show

GRAND OPENING: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

GRAND OPENING: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

Private Preview Opening: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

Midweek Bird Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Bumper Crop of Pop-Up Art

An Evening With Things That Flutter, Delight

Museum Quality

SI Museum’s “Fence Show” Turns 64

Have a Nocturnal Moth Ball in the Greenbelt

Going Global

NYers Not Leaving Home

Midweek Bird Walk: Conference House

Summer is the Perfect Time to Explore Some of Staten Island’s Best Kept Secrets


Elizabeth Egbert Dies at 69

Hues the Boss? Actually, There Are Two

Celebrating the Life of an Arts Legend

Ingrid Michaelson Helping SI Museum

Typewriters and Poetry Featured at Staten Island Museum’s “Love Fest”

S.I. Museum at Snug Sets Opening Date

Obstacles Ahead for Island Cultural Institutions with Wheel on Horizon

Arts & Entertainment

St. George

Betty Bressi Retrospective

On the Job

New Municipal ID Inspires Brisk Trot, If Not a Stampede

A Big Bird Count

More Than 10,000 Islanders Apply For City ID Card

Grand Opening of Revamped Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum to Open Its New Home

Jr. Science Club: Rubber band Racecars

Lunch & Learn: War on the Doorstep

Midweek Bird Walk: Great Kills Park

Art Talk TEASER: The Expanding Staten Island Museum

Moth Night: Return to the Woods!

SI Museum at Snug Harbor Press Kit

WPA Murals of St. George

Jr. Science Club: Bugs!

Midweek Bird Walk: Great Kills Park


Private Preview Party

Private Preview Party

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
By Invitation Only

The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is opening with a private preview party (by invitation only) for Founding Members and Major Supporters.

Join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in our brand new Museum facility on the grounds of Snug Harbor. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor boasts three floors of exhibits ranging from land and seascape art to biodiversity, a life sized mastodon replica and world art in this state-of-the-art LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified structure within historic walls. 

To receive an invitation to this exclusive preview party, become a founding member here, or call Amanda Straniere at 718.483.7119 for membership and donor opportunities. 

Rental Information

Rental Information

Conference Services - Cultural Settings

Whether it's a meeting, workshop, staff retreat or celebration, the Staten Island Museum has everything you need to host a successful event. Our unique locations offer comfortable, flexible, and competitively priced spaces to accommodate a variety of needs. Conveniently located near a major transportation hub, the Staten Island Museum’s St. George location is easily accessible via the Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island Rapid Transit, and local MTA bus service. Our History Center Gallery space is located on the grounds of scenic Snug Harbor Cultural Center, an historic location dating back to the late 1800s.

Let our conference service staff show you the possibilities.  Rent one room or the entire building (St. George). Visitor Services brings fresh thinking and seamless efficiency to your event.  Rentals include a Floor Manager and basic personnel and facilities support. Call Visitor Services today to speak to a representative and schedule a site visit.



Museum Membership Benefits

Museum member rewards extend beyond our public programs to include exclusive access to rental service benefits. Engage and Excel level members enjoy 15% off of total basic space rental fees, including in-house support services like audio visual add-ons. 

Catering services and other outside vendor services are exempt.

Become a member today.


Catering Services

Let Visitor Services source Food & Beverage services for your event. Local Staten Island vendors offer variety and quality selections at competitive pricing. We know the very best.


Coming Fall 2015: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

The Staten Island Museum expands to Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Book your event at our new staten of the art Museum facility on this charming campus – one of New York City’s prized destinations Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Accented by majestic buildings and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is the perfect location to host meetings, conferences and signature receptions.

For More Information Contact: Renée Bushelle at 718-727-1135  x134.


Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Grand Opening Weekend

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Grand Opening Weekend

Grand Opening Festival and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Saturday, September 19, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A

Join us for the GRAND OPENING! Opening day festivities will include FREE admission, the ribbon cutting ceremony (at 10AM), lawn games for the whole family, food, live music, crafts for kids, and some special surprises. The day (10:00am – 5:00pm) will be a full festival of art, science, and history celebrating all things Staten Island!

10:00 AM Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

11:00 AM Red Storm Drummers

12:15 PM The Swagaphones

1:30 PM The Original Mixed Company

2:45 PM Captain Ahab & the Sea Crackens

4:00 PM The Wahoo Skiffle Crazies

Explore the inaugural exhibits: Remember the Mastodon: A Richmond County Savings Foundation Exhibition (Lobby, 1st Floor, Opening the Treasure Box: Bringing the World Home (South Gallery, 2nd Floor), Staten Island SEEN (The Staten Island Foundation Gallery, 1st Floor & North Gallery, 2nd Floor), and From Farm to City: A Richmond County Savings Foundation Legacy Exhibition (Auditorium – Ground Floor).

While you're here, don't forget to visit the Autumn Moon Festival (Sept. 19 from 12pm - 4pm), presented by our friends at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. Featuring tours, traditional music and dance performances, Martial Arts and Tai Chi demos, as well as lessons in Chinese calligraphy around and in the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden. For more information, visit Snug-Harbor.org.

Grand Opening Weekend – Part 2

Sunday, September 20, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
*Museum Members ONLY hours: 10:00am – 12:00pm (must bring Membership Card)
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A

Join us for part 2 of the Grand Opening Festivities! Classical Concert with the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, Gallery Tours, Art Talks, Nature Walks, refreshments (presented by the Staten Island Museum Guild), and more!



With renovations designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects and primary exhibitions designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the expanded Museum will provide over 18,000 square feet in usable space, including 4 climate controlled galleries, an auditorium/performance venue, and classroom space for school field trips. The Museum will be the first historical landmark building on Staten Island to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council and meet the stringent environmental standards of the American Museum Association. The new facility will utilize a closed loop geothermal system which uses the earth and a series of circulating pumps to heat and cool the building which will boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of the building’s heating and cooling systems. 

To achieve the necessary climate control a "building within a building" was designed by the team at Gluckman Mayner Architects. The dilapidated interior was completely removed, save one historic staircase, leaving only the original exterior walls. A steel structure was put in place inside of the original “envelope,” thereby creating new walls at the perimeter that gave the building proper thermal and moisture protection. The landmarked windows were kept and an innovative inner glass wall was built at each creating a climate controlled transparent cavity to allow for natural light to flow through the space and the viewing of the original windows from inside the galleries.
The design is modern, edging on minimal with detailing that is respectful and reminiscent of the building’s history.


About the Building | History

Originally built in 1879, Building A was one of over 50 structures that comprised Sailors’ Snug Harbor; an 83-acre site founded by Robert Richard Randall as a “haven for aged, decrepit and worn out sailors.” In its day, Sailors’ Snug Harbor was the richest charitable institution in the United States and a self-sustaining community composed of a working farm, dairy, bakery, chapel, sanatorium, hospital, music hall and cemetery. In the mid-20th century, however, the institution experienced serious financial difficulties and declining number of residents which led to many of the once magnificent buildings falling into disrepair and later being demolished. In the 1960s, the Staten Island Museum led the fight to preserve Sailors’ Snug Harbor and ultimately gave up its city allocated funding to help purchase the site and to designate it a New York City landmark.  In the original master plan for the “saved” Snug Harbor site, Buildings A and B were designated as the future home of the Staten Island Museum. The historic Greek Revival building (Building A) will become the nexus of the Museum’s activities and will exemplify the goals of preservation, history and respect for the natural environment that are the core of the Museum’s mission.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is Staten Island's premier destination for culture and entertainment. Set within an 83-acre park-like setting, Snug Harbor presents a blend of gardens, museums, theaters, educational opportunities, and seasonal festivals.


  • Remember the Mastodon

    Remember the Mastodon: Diversity & Preservation
    A Richmond County Savings Foundation Exhibition
    with additional funding f
    rom the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

    Remember the Mastodon is about the hard facts of extinction, the wonder of enduring species, the importance of bio-diversity and the challenge of preservation. Includes fossils, lost bird species, and a full-size replica of a Mastodon emerging through the wall!


  • Staten Island SEEN 

    Staten Island SEEN and Staten Island SEEN: Witnessing Change

    The exhibition traces this borough’s unique history and landscape from the 17th century to the present. These works are made by amateur and professional artists, working in a broad range of styles and materials from ink drawing to anaglyph 3-D video. Artists include the masters of the Hudson River School such as Edward Moran and Jasper Cropsey, a native Staten Islander, Cecil C. Bell, who lived on Staten Island and current talents like Sara Yuster and Bill Murphy.


  • Opening the Treasure Box 

    Opening the Treasure Box: Bringing the World Home

    Presenting art objects spanning 5,000 years of artistic endeavor gathered from five continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America. Countries represented include Germany, Greece, India, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, and the United States.  The oldest piece is an Egyptian funerary statuette of a striding man, dating from 2,000 BCE.


  • From Farm to City

    From Farm to City
    A Richmond County Savings Foundation Legacy Exhibition

    A glimpse into Staten Island’s unique history, its people, and the themes that resonate as collective truths on this unusual island using images and historic documents, audio interviews, and digital collections. This exhibition strives to reunite Islanders with their past and share the evolving story of New York City’s Borough of Parks with visitors. From Farm to City: Staten Island 1661-2012 was created by the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition focused on land-use on Staten Island. This legacy exhibition focuses on the people and themes that define the Island throughout history.


Main Exhibition Sponsors:


St. George Walking Tour

Jr. Science Club: Build a Dome Home

65th Annual Fence Show and Musical Chairs Open Air Music Festival

65th Annual Fence Show and Musical Chairs Open Air Music Festival

Saturday, October 3, 11:00am - 5:00pm

*Rain date: Sunday, October 4th

Join us for a stroll along the magnificent front five Greek revival buildings and visit the new home of the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor  while exploring the art on the fence at the the longest running outdoor art show in New York.  Some of the art will be for viewing and some will be for sale, but it will all be original and not to be missed. The entire day is FREE for the audience and fun for the whole family. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, NY 10301 and is accessible by bus or car. Take the S40 or S44 from the Staten Island Ferry. Parking is available onsite. Bike racks are also available.

Joining the Fence Show for the fourth year running will be the Open Air Music Festival hosted by Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble.


Artists and craftsmen may sign-up to exhibit their original work. Click HERE for an application.

For more information contact Donna Pagano at 718.483.7106


Midweek Bird Walk: Mt. Loretto Unique Area

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Set to Open September 19, 2015

Teens Take the Met!

Midweek Bird Walk: Bucks Hallow



Join the Museum Team

  • William T. Davis and friends

    Our First Volunteers

    Volunteering is an enduring tradition at the Staten Island Museum. In 1881, founder William T. Davis and his colleagues began the work of studying, preserving and advocating for the protection of Staten Island’s natural environment. Their efforts would shape the foundation and mission of this institution. Today, many community members continue to donate their time to support the Museum’s mission. We are proud to continue this tradition.


  • High School Interns at a Museum Staff Meeting

    Why Volunteer?

    Our volunteers are an important part of Museum’s family. They are our friends and neighbors who as museum ambassadors, engage and educate our visitors, conduct field work studies, support essential fundraising efforts, assist with building operations and provide professional guidance. Their contributions strengthen organizational capacity, which allows our team to provide more services to the public.
    Volunteers may bring many years of professional experience or are looking to acquire new skills. Our objective is to provide fulfilling volunteer opportunities that result in tangible accomplishments. Volunteering also nurtures interpersonal connections and, ultimately has a positive impact on the community.

    Staten Island Museum volunteers:

    - Learn about the inner workings of a museum.

    - Promote the Museum’s programs and services.

    - Assist with special events including pre-event support.

    - Provide guided gallery tours Contribute to field work studies.

    - Meet new people and make new friends.

    The Staten Island Museum’s Volunteer Program is open to:

    - High school juniors and seniors seeking community service hours or long-term assignments.

    - University level students.

    - Adults and Seniors.

    Long term volunteer assignments require minimum commitments of six months to one year, depending on the position. All volunteers receive orientation, position specific training and, are supervised and supported by Museum personnel.

    Note: Volunteer postings will indicate special requirements (extensive standing, walking, lifting, etc.). Applicants are asked to consider special requirements when applying for volunteer positions.


  • Apply to be a volunteer

    Apply the Volunteer Program

    All applicants must apply to the volunteer program. Click here for the volunteer application and schedule an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. Three references are required with the application submission. Additional screening may be needed depending on the requirements of the volunteer position.
    Completed applications can be returned to:

    Renée Bushelle
    Manager of Visitor Services
    Staten Island Museum
    75 Stuyvesant Place
    Staten Island, NY 10301

    Email: rbushelle@statenislandmuseum.org

    Note that volunteer openings may not always be available because they can be seasonal or project based.


  • Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor Tour

    Volunteers and the Staten Island Museum
    at Snug Harbor (new location)

    Our new building will open in Fall 2015 on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center campus. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor will bring an exciting state of the art museum experience to Staten Island – adding to the vibrant cultural landscape. Museum volunteers will be part of the daily operations team – working closely with the Visitor Services Department to provide a welcoming, enriching and memorable experience for patrons.

    A new Museum Docent* Program is under development to bring regularly scheduled docent led tours to the visiting public. Recruitment begins in Spring 2015 in preparation for the scheduled opening on September 19, 2015. The training schedule will be released when recruitment is launched. More information to come.

    *Museum docents are highly skilled, trained volunteers who provide interpretive educational experiences to the public in cultural settings. The ideal docent shows initiative, is comfortable with public speaking, possesses the ability to deliver accurate information to a variety of audiences; is flexible with scheduling, has a flair for the theatrical and is courteous and patient when interacting with the public. Staten Island Museum docents must be knowledgeable about the Museum’s collections and have a keen interest in sharing this knowledge with others. Prospective docents undergo an interview process and upon acceptance to the program, receive orientation and extensive training facilitated by our curatorial and education staff.

    Training includes the observation of two professional tours and the successful delivery of two (evaluated) solo tours to earn a certificate of completion and receive public tour assignments.
    Museum docents must make a one-year commitment to the docent program and agree to volunteer for a minimum of 6 hours per month. Bilingual applicants are welcome.

    This position requires a significant amount of time standing, walking and speaking.


    We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who would like to be a part of the Staten Island Museum team for our Grand Opening Weekend at Snug Harbor Cultural Center! Click here to view the specifics of the event and the assignments available. For more information or to apply, contact Renée Bushelle


NatureFest 2015

Midweek Bird Walk: West Shore

Midweek Bird Walk: Great Kills Park

Jr. Science Club: Bridging the Gap

Midweek Bird Walk: Mt. Loretto Unique Area

Artist’s Talk: Michael Falco’s Pinhole to the Civil War

Big Day Bird Count

Taking Flight: 2015 Spring Gala

Midweek Bird Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Midweek Bird Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park and Lemon Creek

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day

The Civil War Pinhole Project: Photographs by Michael Falco

Soarin’ Over Staten Island

Digging for Gold: Poetry from the Archives

Make Your Own Pinhole Camera Workshop

Jr. Science Club: Make the Connection

Spring Bird and Wildflower Walk

Midweek Bird Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Outdoor Adventures: Conference House Park

Outdoor Adventures: Snug Harbor

Group Rates

Group Rates

Booking A Self-Guided Experience for your Camp Group? 

Group Rates are available. Group Rates apply throughout the year during all of the Museum’s operating hours including Sneak Peek Tuesdays.

Group Chaperones:  $4.00 each          Campers:  $1.00 each

Reservations are required for all group visits of 10 or more people and should be made at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Contact Visitor Services at 718.727.1135 to book your reservation today!

Groups arriving without reservations may not be accommodated due to scheduling conflicts. 
Confirmed reservations ensure that visiting groups can be safely and comfortably accommodated.

The Civil War Pinhole Project: Photographs by Michael Falco




Limited-Time Offer

Become a Founding Member to enjoy special  benefits related to the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. This two-year membership program is a great way to invest in the new Museum. A portion of your dues will be directed towards our capital campaign. There has never been a better time to become a Staten Island Museum member. Join now and help us preserve and present the best of Staten Island for generations to come.

All FOUNDING members receive the following benefits:

  Valid membership for 2 years

  Limited edition FOUNDING member card

  $50 of your membership will be directed to support our capital campaign 

  Free admission to select events related to the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

They also include all of the perks associated with your selected membership level:

  Free Museum admission, year-round!

  10% Discount in the Museum Store

  Reduced Rates for Museum Programs

*New Benefit: Reciprocal membership to 20 New York State Museums (click here for full list).

To find out how you can sustain your membership with monthly payments, contact Amanda Straniere at 718.483.7119.

  • FOUNDING Individual ($175)


    Members receive the above benefits for the individual membership holder and a one time use family pass for Museum admission.

  • FOUNDING Family & Friends ($225)


    Members receive the individual benefits extended for 2 adults and up to 4 children (under 18) who reside in the same household and 2 one time use family passes for Museum admission.

  • FOUNDING Explore ($375) 


    Members receive Family & Friend benefits plus 3 complimentary research visits to the History Archives and 4 one time use family passes for Museum admission.

  • FOUNDING Experience ($675) 


    Members receive Explore Membership benefits plus a choice of Museum literature, 6 complimentary research visits to the History Archives, and 4 one time use family passes for Museum admission.

  • FOUNDING Engage ($1,300) 


    Members receive Experience Membership benefits plus a gift basket from the Museum store, a 15% discount on Museum rental space, 6 complimentary research visits to the History Archives, and 10 one time use family passes for Museum admission.

  • FOUNDING Excel ($2,500) 


    Members receive Engage Membership benefits plus a guest lecture by a Museum curator at the venue of your choice and a behind the scenes tour of the Museum's new home on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center.


Midweek Bird Walk: Conference House Park

Raffle and Auction Donations

Raffle and Auction Donations

The Staten Island Museum is proud to have the support of the Staten Island community and the following businesses who generously donated fabulous items for the Gala's raffle and/or silent auction. 




Jr. Science Club: Beat Gravity

Lunch and Learn: Betty Bressi & Edith Susskind

Midweek Bird Walk: Clove Lakes Park

Header Social Nav

Curator’s Talk: Betty Bressi & Edith Susskind

Midweek Bird Walk: South Beach/Fort Wadsworth

Midweek Bird Walk: Mount Loretto Unique Area

Jr. Science Club: The Art of Science

Outdoor Adventures: Conference House Park

The Kwanza Lady’s Return

Outdoor Adventures: Clove Lakes Park


Hours & Admission

Hours & Admission

Museum Hours

Monday - Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

The Museum is closed on National Holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Galleries are cleared fifteen minutes before the Museum closes.


Recommended Admission

Adults: $5.00
Students: $3.00 (Current I.D. required. International student I.D. accepted.)
Seniors: $3.00 (65 and above I.D. Required)
Children 12 And Under: FREE

Free admission to all military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Museum accepts: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
The Museum does not accept bills over $20.00. Please use smaller denominations.

The Staten Island Museum does not have a café.


History Center Hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 1pm - 4pm
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Admission: FREE


History Archive & Library Research Hours

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10am to 4pm by appointment.
Call 718.727.1135 x122 or email to schedule an appointment.

Betty’s Typewriter Love: A Second Saturday Event

Home (dev)

Midweek Bird Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park and Lemon Creek

Opening Reception for Betty Bressi Retrospective and Kaleidoscopic Porcelain

People’s State of the Union Story Circle Day

Midweek Bird Walk: Conference House Park

Behind the Scenes: Developing an Exhibition at the Staten Island Museum

Intolerance: The Civil War Draft Riots on Staten Island

Jr. Science Club: Automata Toy Workshop

Spring Gala 2015

Spring Gala 2015

Staten Island Museum Spring Gala

Saturday, May 9, 2015
6:00pm - 10:00pm

The Hilton's Above Ballroom
1100 South Avenue, Staten Island

View the photo gallery from Taking Flight! 

$225/$200 for Founding Members
Tables (of 12): $2,375/$2,115 Founding Members

Celebrate the Staten Island Museum and honor Elizabeth Egbert's legacy at this year's Spring Gala. Be a part of the final celebration before the Museum takes flight onto its next endeavor, the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor. Save the date for dinner, dancing, and cocktails.

For sponsorship information, contact Samantha Floyd at 718.483.7119.

This year's gala is supported in part by: Wolf-Collins Wealth Management, BCB Community Bank, Ironstate DevelopmentNew York Wheel LLC, Ingrid Michaelson, Victory State Bank, and Mannix Family ShopRites.

Beer generously donated by Flagship Brewery. Wine generously donated by Savorian Wines

There will be a raffle and a silent auction at the Gala, click here for a list of businesses who generously donated fantastic prizes! 

Detail: Hummingbird and Fuchsia
Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Woodblock print, 1971
Gift of the Museum Guild, INV-210
Image by Amesse Photography