Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
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After 4 years of construction, the $24.4 million City-funded renovation of a landmarked facility on the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Campus, a Historic District on the National Registry opened to the public on Saturday, September 19, 2015 and welcomed over 3,000 people during the opening weekend festivities. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, Staten Island Deputy Borough President Edward Burke, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Commissioner Tracey Knuckles, New York State Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Councilmember Debi Rose, and New York State Assemblyman Matthew Titone joined Staten Island Museum Interim President & CEO Cheryl Adolph, Chairman Ralph Branca, and Museum trustees on the steps of the Museum’s new home to cut the ribbon on this watershed moment in New York City history.
The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor open Wednesday - Sunday 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Remember the Mastodon: Diversity & Preservation
A Richmond County Savings Foundation Exhibition
with additional funding from 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 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: 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
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.
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Directions and Parking
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
(on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Building A)
From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S40 bus along Richmond Terrace for 1.7 miles and exit at Snug Harbor.
By Car from New Jersey:
Take the Staten Island Expressway (Route 278) eastbound. Exit at Clove Road. Stay to the left and make a left at the light onto Clove Road. At Bard Avenue, turn sharp right. Continue on Bard Avenue for approximately 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Delafield Avenue which will turn into Snug Harbor Road. Continue straight on Snug Harbor Road, turn right onto the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Campus. Parking is available on the left. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is located at Building A.
By Car from Brooklyn:
Get on the lower deck of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Bear right after tollbooth and take the first exit to Bay Street (follow School Road to light, make left onto Bay Street). Take Bay Street for approximately 2.5 miles where it becomes Richmond Terrace (at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal). Continue onto Richmond Terrace for 1.7 miles, turn left onto Snug Harbor Road and turn left onto the Snug Harbor Campus. Parking is available on the left. The Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor is located at Building A.
Parking on the Snug Harbor campus is free. There is also ample free street parking in the surrounding area.
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.