Arts & Culture
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden- the Island’s cultural hub
The Smithsonian of Staten Island! 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.
Staten Island Museum (11a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Wednesday – Sunday
Noble Maritime Museum (1p.m. – 5p.m.) Open Thursday – Sunday
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (10a.m. – 5p.m.) Open Wed. – Sunday
New York Chinese Scholars Garden (10a.m. – 5p.m.) Tuesday –Sunday
Botanical Gardens Open dawn to dusk all year round
Heritage Farm View on your way to the Tuscan Garden
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
Staten Island Children’s Museum (10a.m.-5p.m.) Tuesday – Sunday
This museum includes programs and events for kids (great for ages 1-12).
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 gate, stumbling on Randall Memorial and five beautiful historic buildings. These are where all of the museums are located. Visit any one of these museums for hours of entertainment. If you’re an art fan, then visit the Newhouse Museum of Contemporary Art located in Building(s) C & G featuring rotating exhibits in all mediums. If you have a little one, then the 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 is perfect for everyone, as it has exhibits relating to science, art, and history. Interested in historical art or everything maritime? The Noble Maritime Collection depicts 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 Café for a nice lunch! After lunch, feel free to visit any of the site’s many gardens – including the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, White Garden and Tuscan Garden. After strolling through the Tuscan Garden, you can easily walk to and observe Staten Island’s only self-sustaining farm, Heritage Farm! This farm hosts many tours and even has an occasional farmers’ market where one can buy produce grown right on Staten Island! 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 gate, stumbling on Randall Memorial and five beautiful historic buildings. These buildings host many of the site’s Museums! The museums range from historical Art exhibits in the Noble (located in building D). Another art museum located in these buildings, is the Newhouse Museum of 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 has to offer. One of the most popular gardens is the Chinese Scholar Garden! This site has numerous architectural and natural elements that make one feel as if they were actually in ancient China. After visiting this garden feel free to check out any of the sites other gardens for great pictures and scenery. A great spot for pictures is the ‘Allee’ which is a tunnel surrounded by covered in greenery. Finish off the trip by stopping at Harbor Cafe for a nice lunch before catching the next bus back to the ferry terminal.View on your way to the Tuscan Garden