Staten Island

CommunityWalk Map - Museums of Staten Island
Museums Visited on Staten Island:
Art Museums:
Large collection of maritime paintings from artist John A. Noble (1913-1983) in restored Seaman's hospital, includes the artist's entire houseboat and many personal effects.  Located in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a large museum and botanical gardens complex.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 7, Paul: 7 (out of 10).
Hillside retreat, meditation rooms and Tibetan art collection of Jacques Marchais (1887-1948), an American actress, collector of Tibetan art and proponent of Buddhism in America.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 5, Paul: 5 (out of 10).

Botanical Gardens:
A number of differently themed gardens scattered throughout the grounds of a former retirement home for sailors, occupying 83 acres on the Kill van Kull (the waterway that separates Staten Island from New Jersey).  The gardens are new and some are still in the early planting stages, but several are complete enough to make pleasant walks, including the Tuscan garden, the elaborate Chinese scholar's garden, an English boxwood maze and the recently planted “Garden of Healing” with fountains and a sculpted stream.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 6, Paul: 4 (out of 10). 

Ethnic Museums:
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum:
Small historic house in residential neighborhood, with collection of personal effects from the famous Italians who lived there: the revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882), and the inventor Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), considered by some to be the first inventor of the telephone.  Museum hosted an Italian themed summer festival while we were visiting, with excellent food and live band.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 3, Paul: 6 (out of 10).
General Museum:
Exhibits on the history, natural history and culture of Staten Island.  Includes large collection of preserved insects (esp. beetles), pickled amphibians, and mineral samples.  Top floor has rotating exhibits on Staten Island artists and famous residents.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 6, Paul: 6 (out of 10). 
History and Historic Buildings:
Fort Wadsworth:
Abandoned historic fort, once part of a gauntlet of forts protecting New York harbor.  Site has nice views of the Verranzano bridge, but access is extremely limited, one tour per day.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 1, Paul: 2 (out of 10). 
Historic house in small park overlooking the New York harbor.  Home of Alice Austin (1886-1952), prolific turn of the century photographer and notable woman.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 5, Paul: 4 (out of 10). 
Restored pre-revolutionary war manor in a coastal park with a beach and walking trails.  The house is famous for hosting a conference between Lord Richard Howe, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge in 1776 to (unsuccessfully) attempt to end the Revolutionary War.  The event is re-enacted yearly on Sept. 11.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 5, Paul: 4 (out of 10). 
Historic Richmond Town:
Large collection of 30 historic buildings in a living history museum.  Includes the oldest one-room school house in America, Staten Island's third courthouse and a small museum dedicated to the history and industry of Staten Island.
     Museum Rating: Pauline: 2, Paul: 3 (out of 10)

Museum List of
Staten Island
Blog Type Cost       Pauline's
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art - Art- Contemporary $6 - -
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art             Link Art- Cultural $5 5 5
Noble Maritime Collection* Link Art- Maritime $6 7* 7*
Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens Link Botanical Free 6 4
Staten Island Children's Museum - Children's $6 - -
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum NYB Ethnic - Italian $5 3 6
Staten Island Museum Link General $2 6 6
Fort Wadsworth NYB Historic Fort Free 1 2
Alice Austen House Link Historic house $2 5 4
Conference House Link Historic house $3 5 4
Historic Richmond Town Link History $5 2 3
Sandy Ground Historical Museum - History ? - -

NYB: Not Yet Blogged
*Best of Borough Award for Staten Island: Noble Maritime Collection