NYC's only general interest museum
For 125 years, the Staten Island Museum (Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences) has been fostering and sustaining scientific and cultural heritage on Staten Island. Founded in 1881, New York City's only general interest museum explores the arts, natural science, and local history through permanent and changing exhibitions and welcomes over 65,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs.
Located just two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark, and experience the life of Staten Island's first inhabitants, the Lenape.
This is one of New York City's oldest cultural organizations and the City's only general interest museum, that still reflects some of the suburban charm of Staten Island.
The Staten Island Museum is much more than the relatively small building. To present its vast collections and offer increased educational programs the Museum is expanding to two Greek-Revival buildings at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
For info: www.statenislandmuseum.org.