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Must-See St. George

by Harrison Peck and Christina Parrella, 02/25/2013

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  • Staten Island Museum
    75 Stuyvesant Place, 718-727-1135
    Dubbed a "mini-Smithsonian" for its catchall, general-interest holdings, the Staten Island Museum, founded in 1881, boasts a collection of more than a million pieces—encompassing artworks (including traditional African objects and landscapes by Staten Islanders), scientific specimens and historical artifacts—that largely reflects the borough's rich cultural and environmental history. Special features include the Hall of Natural Science—home to bizarre wonders of nature, such as a four-legged chicken preserved in a jar and glow-in-the-dark rocks—a fun exhibition honoring the first 100 years of the Staten Island Ferry (which, in 1905, cost a nickel, a whopping five cents more than it does today) and a collection exploring the way of life of Staten Island's first residents, the Lenape; that particular showcase contains artifacts dating back more than 10,000 years. —HP

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