The Staten Island Museum’s permanent collections contain natural science specimens, archival records, and works of art and design, which represents Staten Island’s natural and cultural history across time.
The Natural Science collections represent an irreplaceable record of what animal and plant species have existed on Staten Island, both historically and currently.
The Art collections contain fine art, design, and material culture spanning antiquity through the 21st century.
The History collections contain artifacts and documents that relate to the tribes, individuals, and organizations that have shaped Staten Island.
140 Objects Anniversary Online Exhibition
During the Museum’s 140th year (2021), collections staff selected 140 Objects that provide a glimpse into the Museums’ vast collections.
Explore our collections online
- Past Perfect is the Museum’s collections database and contains records from the natural science, history and art collections.
- Internet Archive hosts full documents, publications, journals and maps from the Museum’s archival collection.
- Global Biodiversity Information Facility hosts specimen data and images from the Museum’s botany collection.
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Please use this form to contact the Museum’s Collections Team about reference questions, scheduling research appointments, or donating items to the collections.
We are happy to welcome researchers back to the museum. In compliance with the Mayor of the City of New York’s Executive Order and Museum policy, all visitors to the Staten Island Museum are required to show proof of vaccination upon entry and must wear a face-covering throughout their stay. For more information, please see the visit section of our website.