The Campaign for the Staten Island Museum

The Campaign for the Staten Island Museum


The first phase of the Campaign for the Staten Island Museum was completed in September 2015, when the Staten Island Museum realized a dream 50 years in the making: the expansion into “Building A” on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center campus. With the community, the Museum had fought for some of the nationally significant historic structures to be landmarked and thus saved from demolition.  When the New York City Landmark Commission was founded in 1965, the “front-row five” Greek Revival buildings where the first to achieve land mark status.

With the completion of the $24.4 million New York City funded renovation of an 1879 dormitory for retired sailors into a state-of-the-art museum, we have consolidated all programming and visitation to the new facility, where we present engaging exhibitions such as Remember the Mastodon (biodiversity), Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art (presented in collaboration with the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art); Staten Island SEEN (landscape paintings), Opening the Treasure Box (World Art) and From Farm to City (history).

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About the new Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor (Building A)

The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor was renovated and restored by Gluckman Tang Architects and includes primary exhibition galleries designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates. The City of New York provided capital funds that have enabled the Museum to add over 18,000 square feet of useable space, including four museum-quality galleries, an auditorium/performance venue, and classroom space for school field trips. For the exhibition galleries the Museum raised over $3.5 million in private support and funding from New York State (Assembly Member Michael Cusick) and federal agencies (IMLS, NEA, NEH). The Museum is the first historic landmark building on Staten Island to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council and meets the stringent environmental standards of the American Museum Association. The new facility utilizes a closed-loop geothermal system, which uses the earth’s constant temperature and a series of circulating pumps, to heat and cool the building, minimizing the need for fossil fuels and reducing the Museum’s carbon footprint.

Gluckman Tang’s design conceives the project as a “building within a building” to achieve the required environmental conditions appropriate for a museum. With the exception of one historic cast-iron staircase, this necessitated the removal of Building A’s neglected interiors and compromised structure, leaving only the original roof and exterior walls with their historic windows and surrounds intact. A new steel frame was erected inside the building’s shell. New perimeter interior walls create a liner that establishes proper thermal and moisture protection. The existing windows and surrounds were restored. New full-height interior windows, that maintain the environmental criteria and introduce natural light into the galleries, allow the visitor to view the historic windows and surrounds.