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Arts & Culture

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is Staten Island’s cultural hub!

In one day at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, you can visit art galleries, stroll beautiful gardens, sample the cultures of both Italy and China, and learn local maritime history. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate organization.

Attractions:

Staten Island Museum: (11a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Wednesday – Sunday

Noble Maritime Collection: (12p.m. – 5p.m.) Open Thursday – Sunday

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art: Open Thursday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and
Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

New York Chinese Scholars Garden: (12p.m. – 5p.m.) Open Tuesday –Sunday from April – November. This garden is open year-round but has limited hours in winter. See hours here

Botanical Gardens: Open dawn to dusk all year round

Heritage Farm: View on your way to the RCSF Tuscan Garden

Staten Island Children’s Museum: (10a.m.-5p.m.) Tuesday – Sunday
This museum includes programs and events for kids (great for ages 1-12).

Weekend add-ons:

Art on the Terrace (12p.m.-6p.m.) Open Saturday & Sunday

Creative Photographers’ Guild Gallery (1p.m.-5p.m.) Open Saturday & Sunday

Both galleries are located within walking distance of Snug Harbor. Art on the Terrace features artists of works from all mediums. The Creative Photographers’ Guild gallery is the only one on Staten Island dedicated solely to photography.

 

Full Day Option

Get an early ferry ride (the 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. boat recommended) from Manhattan and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. Take the S40 to the bus stop after Tysen Street. Cross Richmond Terrace and go through the North Gate, where you’ll see the Randall Memorial and five beautiful historic buildings, where two museums and an art gallery are located. Visit any one of these museums for hours of entertainment. If you’re an art fan, then visit the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art located in Buildings C & G, featuring rotating exhibitions in all media. If you have a little one, then the Staten Island Children’s Museum is perfect for you! The interactive museum is located in Building M and allows children to be anything for a day, including a firefighter and veterinarian. The Staten Island Museum in Building A has something for everyone, with exhibits relating to science, art, and history. Interested in historical art or all things maritime? The Noble Maritime Collection in Building D depicts the people and traditions of the working waterfront of New York Harbor, while also preserving and interpreting the history of the Sailors of Snug Harbor. After visiting a couple of these museums, stop by the Harbor Eats Café on Cottage Row for a nice lunch! After lunch, enjoy Snug Harbor’s fourteen botanical gardens – including the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, White Garden, and RCSF Tuscan Garden. If you stroll through the Tuscan Garden, you can easily walk to and observe Snug Harbor’s 2.5-acre better-than-organic Heritage Farm! This farm hosts tours and sells produce at the St George Greenmarket—as well as to over a dozen upscale restaurants citywide. After these tours, finish off the trip by stopping off at Blue for dinner, which is a short walk from Snug Harbor and in close proximity to the bus to take you back to the Staten Island Ferry.

Half Day Option

Get an early ferry ride (the 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. boat recommended) from Manhattan and arrive at the St. George Ferry Terminal. Take the S40 to the bus stop after Tysen Street. Cross Richmond Terrace and go through the North Gate, where you’ll see the Randall Memorial and five beautiful historic buildings. Two of these buildings host a few the site’s museums, the Noble Maritime Collection (Building D) and the Staten Island Museum (Building A), with exhibitions ranging from history, art, and science. Staten Island’s oldest art gallery is the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. This museum is located in both buildings (C & G) and hosts many art exhibits. If it’s a nice day feel free to visit any of the botanical gardens that Snug Harbor has to offer. One of the most popular gardens is the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, which has numerous architectural and natural elements that make one feel as if they were actually in Ming Dynasty-era China. Explore the thirteen other gardens for great pictures and scenery. A great spot for pictures is the ‘Allee,’ a tunnel made of arched hornbeam trees. Finish off the trip by stopping at Harbor Eats Cafe on Cottage Row for a nice lunch before catching the next bus back to the ferry terminal.