Staten Island Museum Plans to Move to Snug Harbor

January 31st, 2014
By: Bree Driscoll/ NY1

In a move that is nearly 50 years in the making, the Staten Island Museum will soon occupy one of the buildings at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center. The former dormitory is being transformed into Staten Island's first "green" historic location and will be using the earths natural resources to regulate temperature throughout the museum. The city allocated almost $27 million dollars to renovate the building but now the fundraising kicks into gear to outfit its exhibitions and galleries.

"We are a smaller museum in New York City but we have been around just as long as almost anybody has been. So we are an old time museum that we are a general interest collection. So we do art, science and history. There is no other museum that does that," said Staten Island Museum Director of Exhibitions and Programs Diane Matyas. With this new and expanded space, the museum will be able to show much more of its collection that has mostly been in storage. The current Staten Island Museum site will remain in operation. Construction is expected to be completed by summer and the museum is expected to open to the public this Fall.

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