Credit: Michael Falco
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.
Built in 1883 as a retirement home for sailors, the 83-acre site features five landmarked Greek Revival buildings - the largest collection of this style structure in the United States. Within their columned facades are museums, New York City's second oldest concert hall, and art galleries.
The surrounding grounds feature a network of gardens, including natural woodlands and 20 distinct gardens. Visitors can explore Victorian elegance in the White Garden or amble through the site's hedge maze in the Secret Garden. You can watch Monarchs and Painted Ladies fluttering in the Butterfly Garden or get a taste of Italy in the Tuscan Garden. The Garden of Healing, dedicated to the men and women lost in the attacks on September 11, 2001, provides a soothing retreat and a beautiful place to heal.
Also on the Grounds:
a - The Newhouse Center provides a
unique showcase for artists. Displaying a variety of mediums, the Newhouse Center introduces audiences to fresh artistic expressions.
b - The Visitor's Center is home to Snug Harbor Cultural Center's traditional exhibition programs. The Harbor's affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute has created an unprecedented opportunity for the development of fine arts shows and programs through institutional loans and curatorial consultation.
c - The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is the only authentic classical Scholar's Garden in the United States. Reflecting 18th and 19th century Ming Dynasty garden design, this one-acre retreat was hand-crafted by artisans from Suzhou City and feature plants indigenous to China. Soothing waterfalls and quiet walkways help to create an atmosphere that is serene and calming, an old-world respite from hectic modern life. The garden opened to international acclaim in 1999.
d - The Tuscan Garden and Villa is modeled after the exquisite Villa Gamberaia in Florence. Designed by an international team that included Florence's leaving preservation architect, the Garden and amphitheatre will be a showplace for plays, programs, and concerts celebrating Italian culture. The Villa will showcase changing exhibits on Italian artwork, design and horticulture. In addition, programs on Italian language, cuisine, music, and seasonal festivals are offered.
e - The Neptune Fountain is a symbol of Snug Harbor's maritime heritage. Dating from 1893, this beautiful bronze statue is on display in the Visitor's Center while a recast version watches over the site's front lawn.
Grounds are open seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.
Visitor's Center: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm
Newhouse Gallery: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Enter through Visitor's Center
Chinese Scholar's Garden: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Entrance to the grounds is free.
Newhouse Gallery: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors (65 and over), $4 Students with valid IDs, Free Children 12 and under, Members, & Active Military (Blue Star Program).
Chinese Scholar's Garden: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors (65 and over), $4 Students, Free Children 12 and under, Members, & Active Military (Blue Star Program).
Other galleries and gardens have different hours and admission rates. Please check their website for details.
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY
718.448.2500 Directions View Website