Arts & Entertainment
Must-See Arts & Culture
by Alyson Penn, 05/12/2015
Noble Maritime Collection. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
While the nine botanical gardens at Snug Harbor are certainly a sight to see, there are plenty of other things to do at Staten Island’s cultural hub (which is a Smithsonian affiliate), especially in the warmer months. Other attractions include 23 historical buildings, 10 acres of wetlands and cultural spaces for anyone interested in history, architecture, visual art, theater and environmental science. The Noble Maritime Collection hosts exhibitions about sailors’ lives on Snug Harbor—which was once a home for elder seamen—and features the art and artifacts of artist John A. Noble, who was known for his depictions of life on the harbor. In addition to his collection of ship models is his restored "houseboat studio," fashioned from the remnants of larger ships and where he did most of his work. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art features emerging artists and community-based shows. Finally, the Staten Island Children’s Museum holds hands-on attractions like a miniature theater playhouse and an outdoor maritime play-space.