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Staten Island Museum Explore. Experience. Engage. Founded in 1881, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections.

The Museum is dedicated to making its current and future collections broadly accessible for educators, students, researchers and the general public by providing authentic experiences in the field and at the Museum. Proof of vaccine is now required for all visitors over the age of 12 as mandated by the City of New York. Face coverings for visitors ages 2 and up are required even if vaccinated. For

The Museum is dedicated to making its current and future collections broadly accessible for educators, students, researchers and the general public by providing authentic experiences in the field and at the Museum. Proof of vaccine is now required for all visitors over the age of 12 as mandated by the City of New York. Face coverings for visitors ages 2 and up are required even if vaccinated. For

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Happy 159th Birthday to the Staten Island Museum’s co-founder, William T. Davis. Born in #NewBrighton in this day in 186...
10/12/2021

Happy 159th Birthday to the Staten Island Museum’s co-founder, William T. Davis.

Born in #NewBrighton in this day in 1862, Davis was a lifelong resident of #StatenIsland and a leading cicada expert during his lifetime.

1: William T. Davis with his North American Cicada collection at the Staten Island Museum.
2. Cicadas found together in a box labeled 'Cicadas of New York' and were probably used for teaching or display purposes. They were rearranged into this drawer for the current exhibit, Magicicada. All of the labels were written by Davis himself.

A beautiful day for a visit! We are open Friday - Sunday, 11am-5pm. For up to date visitor information, please check the...
10/02/2021

A beautiful day for a visit! We are open Friday - Sunday, 11am-5pm.

For up to date visitor information, please check the Visit section of our website at www.statenislandmuseum.org/visit

A beautiful day for a visit! We are open Friday - Sunday, 11am-5pm.

For up to date visitor information, please check the Visit section of our website at www.statenislandmuseum.org/visit

NOW AVAILABLE! Site Unseen PodcastEpisode 1: Draft RiotsUsing William Olliffe’s diary as a point of reference, historian...
10/02/2021
Podcast: Site Unseen - Staten Island Museum

NOW AVAILABLE!
Site Unseen Podcast
Episode 1: Draft Riots

Using William Olliffe’s diary as a point of reference, historian Debbie-Ann Paige explores the contemporary tensions between Black and immigrant laborers that led to the racially charged Draft Riots and labor clashes in the mid-19th century on Staten Island.

In this episode public historian and policy analyst Debbie-Ann Paige will lead us on a harrowing journey along Staten Island’s north shore in the path of the Civil War Draft Riots which gripped New York City in July of 1863.

Off Broadway in the Boros is coming to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden this weekend! Check out the list...
10/01/2021
Off Broadway in the Boros: Pop-Ups - MOME

Off Broadway in the Boros is coming to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden this weekend! Check out the list of performances here: nyc.gov/offbwayboros

Make a day of it and grab lunch at Harbor Eats at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens stay for Placed Notes Opus outside of the museum at 2pm, and pop in to see the new exhibition, Jennifer Angus: Magicicada anytime between 11am - 5pm.

#OffBwayBoros

The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) announces the Off-Broadway in the Boros Fest, a series of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theatrical performances running from September 29 through October 3 at various locations throughout the five boroughs. Coming on the heels of Broadway’s official...

It's #InternationalPodcastDay ... a perfect chance to let you know what we've been working on. Site Unseen launches Satu...
09/30/2021
Podcast: Site Unseen - Staten Island Museum

It's #InternationalPodcastDay ... a perfect chance to let you know what we've been working on. Site Unseen launches Saturday, October 2!

In this episode public historian and policy analyst Debbie-Ann Paige will lead us on a harrowing journey along Staten Island’s north shore in the path of the Civil War Draft Riots which gripped New York City in July of 1863.

This weekend! Join artist, composer, and trumpeter Volker Goetze and 31 other performers for an interactive musical expe...
09/29/2021
Placed Notes Opus 2, 3 & 4 - Staten Island Museum

This weekend! Join artist, composer, and trumpeter Volker Goetze and 31 other performers for an interactive musical experience!

Join artist, composer, and trumpeter Volker Goetze and 31 other performers for an interactive musical experience.

The Staten Island Museum would like to welcome Dr. Janet Leslie to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Leslie earned a Bachelor o...
09/28/2021

The Staten Island Museum would like to welcome Dr. Janet Leslie to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from CUNY Brooklyn College, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from CUNY Baruch College, and a Doctorate of Management from the University of Maryland University College. Her academic and administrative interests and research focus centers on mentoring non-traditional students and students of color within a higher education environment. She served as a senior administrator for City University of New York (CUNY) for three decades before retiring from her full-time position in 2011.

In 2009 Janet began a small start-up business, the Gift of Experience LLC where she works as the executive director. The Gift of Experience is a MWBE certified entrepreneurial venture with a mission to offer mentoring services, identify higher educational opportunities, and connect graduate and doctoral candidates to funding and academic resources.

Presently, she is the 1st Vice President for Programs for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Staten Island Section where she is a legacy-life member; a member of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., Lambda Chapter; and a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Staten Island Richard B. Dickenson Chapter.

In the past, Janet had the pleasure of serving as the president of the Business and Professional Women of Staten Island from 2003 – 2004 and on the Staten Island Museum Gala Committee (2019-Member, 2020-Cochair).

Residing in West Brighton Staten Island for over two decades, she is the mother of twins, and grandmother to three well-rounded, curious young adults. Janet is an avid reader, enjoys writing, and travels frequently.

The Staten Island Museum would like to welcome Dr. Janet Leslie to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from CUNY Brooklyn College, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from CUNY Baruch College, and a Doctorate of Management from the University of Maryland University College. Her academic and administrative interests and research focus centers on mentoring non-traditional students and students of color within a higher education environment. She served as a senior administrator for City University of New York (CUNY) for three decades before retiring from her full-time position in 2011.

In 2009 Janet began a small start-up business, the Gift of Experience LLC where she works as the executive director. The Gift of Experience is a MWBE certified entrepreneurial venture with a mission to offer mentoring services, identify higher educational opportunities, and connect graduate and doctoral candidates to funding and academic resources.

Presently, she is the 1st Vice President for Programs for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Staten Island Section where she is a legacy-life member; a member of Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc., Lambda Chapter; and a member of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Staten Island Richard B. Dickenson Chapter.

In the past, Janet had the pleasure of serving as the president of the Business and Professional Women of Staten Island from 2003 – 2004 and on the Staten Island Museum Gala Committee (2019-Member, 2020-Cochair).

Residing in West Brighton Staten Island for over two decades, she is the mother of twins, and grandmother to three well-rounded, curious young adults. Janet is an avid reader, enjoys writing, and travels frequently.

Thank you to everyone who came out today to enjoy the beautiful weather and support the local artists who participated i...
09/25/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out today to enjoy the beautiful weather and support the local artists who participated in the 71st Annual Fence Show! It was a great day!

Photos from Staten Island Museum's post
09/25/2021

Photos from Staten Island Museum's post

71st Annual Fence Show in full swing!
09/25/2021

71st Annual Fence Show in full swing!

September has us thinking about this time two years ago when we laughed all night with Colin Jost, Michael Che and frien...
09/22/2021

September has us thinking about this time two years ago when we laughed all night with Colin Jost, Michael Che and friends at the comedy show at the St. George Theatre to benefit the Staten Island Museum.

Funds raised that evening helped us through the last two years and we could not be more grateful! Thank you Colin Jost, Michael Che, Steven Castillo, Melissa Villaseñor, Casey Jost, Sal Vulcano, Brian "Q" Quinn, and Michael Cruz Kayne.

Photographs by Imara Moore

Colin Jost / Michael Che comedy show to benefit the Staten Island Museum with special guests Steven Castillo, Melissa Villaseñor, Casey Jost, Sal Vulcano, Brian Quinn, and Michael Cruz Kayne.

Join us on Saturday, September 25 for the Staten Island Museum's 71st Annual Fence Show! Support local artists and enjoy...
09/20/2021
Staten Island Museum to host 71st annual Fence Show next weekend

Join us on Saturday, September 25 for the Staten Island Museum's 71st Annual Fence Show! Support local artists and enjoy one of our favorite days of the year! (via Staten Island Advance)

The event returns to the Staten Island Museum on Saturday, Sept. 25, where more than 100 local artists and artisans will show and sell a range of handmade items.

This Sunday | September 19 at 3pmVirtual Talk with Artist Jennifer AngusLast chance to register for this talk with artis...
09/17/2021
Artist Talk: Jennifer Angus - Staten Island Museum

This Sunday | September 19 at 3pm
Virtual Talk with Artist Jennifer Angus

Last chance to register for this talk with artist Jennifer Angus and explore her inspiration behind the current exhibition at the Staten Island Museum, Magicicada.

Click link to register.

Free/Donations Welcome Registration Required Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the museum’s cicada collection — one of the world’s largest. Angus has created an immersive environment full of exquisite and ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes, unexpecte...

Having some fun with Chef Joseph Yoon from @brooklynbugs today! #staytuned
09/14/2021

Having some fun with Chef Joseph Yoon from @brooklynbugs today! #staytuned

Having some fun with Chef Joseph Yoon from @brooklynbugs today! #staytuned

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Borough Hall will hold an in-person event for the annual Staten Is...
09/11/2021

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Borough Hall will hold an in-person event for the annual Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Postcards Memorial. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will also be live-streamed on the Borough Hall page for those who don't feel comfortable attending the in-person ceremony.

The observance will feature the recitation of the names of the Staten Islanders who were lost on 9/11, as well as a reading of the names of the First Responders who have perished since that day due to their work at Ground Zero. Special musical selections and a video tribute will honor those we lost.

Image: Photo by Jan Somma-Hammel, Courtesy of the Staten Island Advance.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Borough Hall will hold an in-person event for the annual Staten Island 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Postcards Memorial. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will also be live-streamed on the Borough Hall page for those who don't feel comfortable attending the in-person ceremony.

The observance will feature the recitation of the names of the Staten Islanders who were lost on 9/11, as well as a reading of the names of the First Responders who have perished since that day due to their work at Ground Zero. Special musical selections and a video tribute will honor those we lost.

Image: Photo by Jan Somma-Hammel, Courtesy of the Staten Island Advance.

Looking to safely enjoy some art this season? Come join us on September 25, 11am - 5pm for the The 71st Annual Fence Sho...
09/10/2021

Looking to safely enjoy some art this season? Come join us on September 25, 11am - 5pm for the The 71st Annual Fence Show!

Join us as we transform the front lawn into an open-air gallery filled with vibrant artwork and crafts, represented by the artists themselves! #FenceShow Powered by Con Edison #ArtsAlFrescoNY series! #PowerToTheArtsNY

Looking to safely enjoy some art this season? Come join us on September 25, 11am - 5pm for the The 71st Annual Fence Show!

Join us as we transform the front lawn into an open-air gallery filled with vibrant artwork and crafts, represented by the artists themselves! #FenceShow Powered by Con Edison #ArtsAlFrescoNY series! #PowerToTheArtsNY

On Sunday, September 19 at 3pm via zoom, join artist Jennifer Angus for a talk about the inspiration behind her current ...
09/08/2021
Artist Talk: Jennifer Angus - Staten Island Museum

On Sunday, September 19 at 3pm via zoom, join artist Jennifer Angus for a talk about the inspiration behind her current exhibit, Magicicada, on view now at the Staten Island Museum. Free/Donations welcome, registration required.

Free/Donations Welcome Registration Required Artist Jennifer Angus presents Magicicada, taking inspiration from the museum’s cicada collection — one of the world’s largest. Angus has created an immersive environment full of exquisite and ornamental patterns and imaginative vignettes, unexpecte...

The Staten Island Museum is proud to be featured as a 75 Year Member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. This is a...
09/07/2021
The Staten Island Museum: Celebrating 75 Years with the Chamber — The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

The Staten Island Museum is proud to be featured as a 75 Year Member of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. This is a long-standing partnership! The SI Chamber just celebrated its 125th Anniversary and this year marks the 140th Anniversary of the Staten Island Museum. Thank you for the recognition!

“We’re really proud that we’ve been a member of the Chamber for 75 years. It’s very meaningful to us to be a longstanding cultural organization and, the fact that we can be a member for that long, it’s incredible to know these institutions have existed for this length of time.”

We hope you're enjoying the last unofficial day of summer!Image: Night Scene at Midland Beach, Collection of the Staten ...
09/06/2021

We hope you're enjoying the last unofficial day of summer!

Image: Night Scene at Midland Beach, Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

#HappyLaborDay

We hope you're enjoying the last unofficial day of summer!

Image: Night Scene at Midland Beach, Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

#HappyLaborDay

September Sundays are for strolling through the museum and the beautiful grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Bota...
09/05/2021

September Sundays are for strolling through the museum and the beautiful grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden!

We're open today, 11am - 5pm.

September Sundays are for strolling through the museum and the beautiful grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden!

We're open today, 11am - 5pm.

We heard that today was #WorldBeardDay ... so we thought we'd leave this right here. Bird Club Cabin, Staten Island, May...
09/04/2021

We heard that today was #WorldBeardDay ... so we thought we'd leave this right here.

Bird Club Cabin, Staten Island, May 12, 1923. Photo by William T. Davis, Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

We heard that today was #WorldBeardDay ... so we thought we'd leave this right here.

Bird Club Cabin, Staten Island, May 12, 1923. Photo by William T. Davis, Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

09/02/2021

Have you seen Jennifer Angus: Magicicada yet?

This magical world is not to be missed!

Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm.

Link in bio to learn more.

#theunexpectedborough #nycculture #statenislandmuseum

Happy September! Raise your hand if you're ready to go back to school?Image: Curtis High School students exercising, ca....
09/01/2021

Happy September! Raise your hand if you're ready to go back to school?

Image: Curtis High School students exercising, ca. 1924-26. Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

Happy September! Raise your hand if you're ready to go back to school?

Image: Curtis High School students exercising, ca. 1924-26. Collection of the Staten Island Museum.

Happy Sunday! We're open today 11am - 5pm. Buzz on by! Image: Jennifer Angus: Magicicada. Photo by @christinecruzphotogr...
08/29/2021

Happy Sunday! We're open today 11am - 5pm. Buzz on by!

Image: Jennifer Angus: Magicicada. Photo by @christinecruzphotography

Happy Sunday! We're open today 11am - 5pm. Buzz on by!

Image: Jennifer Angus: Magicicada. Photo by @christinecruzphotography

Thank you to the City of New York for $11.1 Million dollars in capital investment for Snug Harbor, including the Staten ...
08/27/2021
Snug Harbor cultural institutions receive $11.1M for upgrades, expansions

Thank you to the City of New York for $11.1 Million dollars in capital investment for Snug Harbor, including the Staten Island Museum’s for a STEAM Education Center.

Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Gonzalo Casals made the announcement last evening at the Borough President’s Sunset Summer Concert.

We are grateful for this significant funding to make improvements to this amazing cultural site! #onstatenisland #cityhallinyourborough

Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum and Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden will receive major upgrades.

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day but you can celebrate any time! Monumental Women has launched a NYC Women’s Rights H...
08/27/2021
Map » Monumental Women

August 26th is Women’s Equality Day but you can celebrate any time! Monumental Women has launched a NYC Women’s Rights History Trail for all 5 Boroughs! Check it out! #WomensEqualityDay

A nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park.

Thank you so much to @nyculture Commissioner Gonzalo Casals and his staff for a wonderful visit to our new exhibition, J...
08/26/2021

Thank you so much to @nyculture Commissioner Gonzalo Casals and his staff for a wonderful visit to our new exhibition, Jennifer Angus: Magicicada while they were #onstatenisland today for City Hall in Your Borough!

We were honored to have you tour our museum! Come back anytime. #nycculture

08/24/2021
Governor Kathy Hochul, Passing the Torch: Women Who Lead

Today, 101 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, Kathy Hochul has become New York State’s first female Governor.

In marking the women’s suffrage centennial, then Lt. Governor Hochul graciously participated in the museum’s film, Passing the Torch: Women Who Lead. Take a look at what she had to say about her first voting experience and her dedication to public service.

Thank you for leading the way, Governor Kathy Hochul.

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What happens when Democrats, Republicans, liberals, conservatives, independents, democratic socialists and more from Staten Island get together to discuss their experiences that influence their vote? Come see The Staten Island Dialogue Project this Friday and Saturday. Performances are at 6:30 on both days at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden at Cottage C. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by clicking this link http://tsidp.booktix.com/ Learn more about the Staten Island Dialogue Project, the cast and documentary theatre by visiting our website https://sidialogueproject.wixsite.com/my-site Performance of The Staten Island Dialogue Project
Have you ever wondered what life experiences influence a person's vote? In The Staten Island Dialogue Project, Staten Islanders were interviewed to discover this very thing and to take the first steps toward healing and reconciliation. Learn more on our website and tickets are available for our June 25 and 26 performances.
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Today in Charles W. Leng and Staten Island History..... April 6th, 1859 - Charles W. Leng is born! One of the original co-founders of the Natural Science Association of Staten Island (now known as the Staten Island Museum) and first Borough Historian of Staten Island (appointed in 1923 by then Borough President Calvin Decker Van Name). Anything Staten Island, he was involved! Introduced by letter from Nathaniel Lord Britton (another co-founder) to William T. Davis and their friendship spanned 62 years! Happy Birthday, Charles!
Today in William T. Davis and Staten Island Museum History..... January 22nd, 1945 - This was the day that Mr. William T. Davis, "One Davis", "Uncle Billy", and co-founder of what is today The Staten Island Museum, passed away at the age of 82. He was at the old Staten Island Hospital (S. R. Smith Infirmary before 1917) on Castleton Ave after being admitted in July of 1944. Edwin Way Teale, a naturalist, photographer and author from Long Island who knew Mr. Davis later in his life, said this about him in his Introduction of Mabel Abbott's book on Davis: "Once when I visited him on Staten Island, I found him picking up cicadas from the grass of his yard and putting them in trees where they would be beyond the reach of prowling tomcats. There is something delightfully appealing in stories about how he piled brush before an exposed towhee's nest to shield it from the eyes of enemies, and raked dry leaves away from the trunk of a favorite woodland tree to lessen its danger from fire. He went about, a kind of St. Francis of Staten Island, unobtrusively doing good deeds not only to those of his own kind but also to the small and often-unconsidered creatures of the earth." We can all take comfort in knowing that Mr. Davis lived a FULL life and we are all grateful for everything he did for the nature and history of Staten Island. Thank you, Mr. Davis!
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History...from his journal... January 14, 1882 - "Our Nat. Sci. Assn. meeting was well attended again, as usual, but I wish certain of our members would let up on discussing general scientific matters. Such discussions may be interesting & even instructive but they are not conducive to the development of local interest, which is my cherished idea. There is plenty of work to be done right here on Staten Island & all matters not of strictly local interest should be left to the larger scientific societies of New York & Brooklyn. This is my aim & this is what I intend to strive for and bend all my energies to accomplish." Wishing all the staff at the Staten Island Museum a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History..... December 10, 1881 - "The third meeting of the Nat. Sci. Assn. was held this evening in the rooms of the Young Mens Catholic Union. Quite a large meeting - a number of visitors as well as members. I carted some of our Staten Island indian implements along and gave a short dissertation upon arrowheads &c. Things look very promising, but we must obtain permanent quarters and place for a museum somehow if we expect to amount to anything. Another thing that I want to gradually insist upon is to confine our efforts to local matters and not go into general science or attempt to form a mere curiosity shop. What we want is a local museum."
Today in Arthur Hollick and Staten Island Museum History..... December 3rd, 1881 - "Had the second meeting of the Nat. Sci. Assn. this evening. Secured quarters in the 3rd Dist. public school. Our attendance was eighteen in spite of bad weather and we had quite a display of specimens. Perfected our business arrangements & adjourned about 11:30 o'clock. I think we are doing well and I look forward to rapid strides, especially on the part of our younger members. What we want now is a permanent place of abode & somewhere to accumulate & display specimens."
Today in Arthur Hollick, William T. Davis and big time Staten Island History... November 12, 1881 - "This evening I assisted, with Willie Davis, Nat. Britton and eleven others to form the "Natural Science Association of Staten Island". We met at Willie Davis' house and organized by electing Sanderson Smith President. Chas. Leng Rec. & Fin. Secty., myself Corr. Secty. and Willie Davis Curator. We also adopted a Constitution and By-Laws and elected a number of members in addition to those who were present. I was astonished at the number of workers we have succeeded in gathering together and I think that everything looks very propitious of success....I think now that we ought to be able to keep things going, but it will require careful thought and handling to steer things right for a while; after that things ought to run themselves." .....and so begins what would become The Staten Island Museum! Happy 139th! Oh, and Mr. Davis stands ready if an "appearance" is wanted for the Museum's 140th in 2021! ;-)
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My wife and I made this silly video this weekend in the beautiful weather. Hope you enjoy! (We don't monetize.)
As we all look forward to tomorrow evening's Virtual Gala, I thought I would share an entry from the journal of Dr. Arthur Hollick. September 9th, 1881 - "Nat. Britton was at the house tonight and spoke of the possibility of forming a natural history society on the Island. We consulted over it and actually made out a list of such people as we thought would be interested in the matter." ...and thus began the conversation that would lead to today's Staten Island Museum!