Fodor's Expert Review Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

Staten Island Museum/Gallery
Free Fodor's Choice
Tuscan Garden, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, New York City, New York, USA

Once part of a retirement center for sailors, this 83-acre cultural center is now a popular spot to engage with contemporary art and historical collections. Enjoy the Staten Island Children's Museum ($8 www.sichildrensmuseum.org), or take a stroll through lush gardens. All on-site attractions here can be visited—and, if applicable, ticketed—independently of each other.

Made up of 26 landmarked buildings, nine botanic gardens, 10 acres of wetlands, and a 2-acre farm, Snug Harbor is also home to an outpost of the Staten Island Museum ($8 suggested donation www.statenislandmuseum.org), with exhibits spanning art, history, and science; the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden ($5); and dance and music studios, art galleries, and residency programs. Main Hall—the oldest building on the property, dating to 1833—is home to the Eleanor Proske Visitors Center (free) and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art ($5), which... READ MORE

Once part of a retirement center for sailors, this 83-acre cultural center is now a popular spot to engage with contemporary art and historical collections. Enjoy the Staten Island Children's Museum ($8 www.sichildrensmuseum.org), or take a stroll through lush gardens. All on-site attractions here can be visited—and, if applicable, ticketed—independently of each other.

Made up of 26 landmarked buildings, nine botanic gardens, 10 acres of wetlands, and a 2-acre farm, Snug Harbor is also home to an outpost of the Staten Island Museum ($8 suggested donation www.statenislandmuseum.org), with exhibits spanning art, history, and science; the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden ($5); and dance and music studios, art galleries, and residency programs. Main Hall—the oldest building on the property, dating to 1833—is home to the Eleanor Proske Visitors Center (free) and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art ($5), which exhibits artworks connected to Snug Harbor's history. Next door, the Noble Maritime Collection (suggested donation www.noblemaritime.org) maintains historic collections specific to Staten Island and Snug Harbor's maritime past. Harbor Eats, Snug Harbor’s on-site outdoor café, is open May through October. Packing a picnic is also recommended.

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Quick Facts

1000 Richmond Terr.
Staten Island, New York  10301, USA

718-448–2500

www.snug-harbor.org

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Grounds and Botanical Gardens free; Chinese Scholar\'s Garden and Newhouse Center combo ticket $8; free parking, Children\'s Museum closed Mon. Staten Island Museum closed Mon., Tues. New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden closed Mon. (summer–fall); Mon., Thurs. (winter–spring). Newhouse Center closed Jan.–Mar.; Mon., Tues. (Apr.–Nov.); Mon.–Wed. (Dec.). Noble Maritime Collection closed Mon.–Wed.

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