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About the Museum

Founded in 1881 and celebrating its 140th year, the Staten Island Museum engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions, public programs, and educational activities for all ages.

It is the mission of the Staten Island Museum to spark curiosity and generate meaningful shared experiences through natural science, art, and history to deepen understanding of our environment, ourselves, and each other.

Our vision is to:

  • Make institutional decisions informed by diversity, equity and inclusion values
  • Reflect the diversity of the Staten Island community as represented by our board, staff, and volunteers
  • Provide a museum environment and program that is truly welcoming and inclusive of all people

Read about the museum’s history.

Learn about our collections.

Staff and Board of Trustees

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Building A at Snug Harbor Cultural Center

The Staten Island Museum is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a public-private partnership with the City of New York, and receives operating support from the City of New York through the Department of Cultural Affairs, from Mayor Eric Adams and the City Council, Speaker Adrienne Adams, with additional support from Staten Island delegation and the Staten Island Borough President, Vito Fossella.

Land Acknowledgement

The Staten Island Museum is located within Lenapehoking, the ancestral homeland of the Lenape people. We honor the significance of this land and wish to pay our respect to the Lenape communities, their Elders past and present, and future generations. We also wish to extend this respect to all indigenous peoples who are present here today. We at the museum hope to evolve from stewards to partners in the care of this land and to deepen our relationships with the Lenape people moving forward.