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October 2011

SI Museum Breaks Ground on New Home with Great Neighbors

One of two Greek-revival buildings in Snug Harbor that will house the relocated Staten Island Museum. Photo by Bill Higgins

 
More school groups will be able to learn about the captivating contents of the Staten Island Museum when it moves to a bigger and better home, open to the public in 2013. Photo by Michael Falco, courtesy of the Staten Island Borough President
In March 2011, the Staten Island Museum began a long-awaited renovation of its new home in the heart of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center campus.

Three buildings, including two landmarked 1879 Greek-revival structures, will house the Museum’s archives and its natural science, fine art, and library collections—a big improvement from its cramped 3,000 sq. ft. space near the Staten Island Ferry terminal. The Museum will join a children’s museum, botanical garden, and music hall in this burgeoning cultural destination. Its former home will house an exhibit on New York ferries and an auditorium.

“As a National Historic Landmark District that houses a number of Trust grantees, we knew that Snug Harbor was a great fit for the museum,” says Kerry McCarthy, program officer for arts and culture at The Trust. “Since 2001, we’ve made grants totaling $110,000 to help raise money for the renovation, pay architect’s fees, and organize the art collection in preparation for the move. We’re happy the collection moved into a worthy space, equipped with an impressive conservation studio, and are even more excited to know that more families and school groups will be able to visit the galleries.”

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