The Noble Maritime Collection

The Noble Maritime Collection Welcome friends and fans of John A. Noble and Sailors' Snug Harbor! The mission of the Noble Maritime Collection, an art and history museum in Staten Island, New York, is to present exhibitions and programs that celebrate the working waterfront of New York Harbor in the tradition of distinguished artist John A.
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Noble, and to preserve Robbins Reef Lighthouse and the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.

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We were so happy to welcome New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals and his staff to th...
08/27/2021

We were so happy to welcome New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals and his staff to the museum yesterday as part of City Hall in Your Borough. They stopped by to see Arc of Twenty Years, the new exhibition we are hosting that was independently curated by Sarah Yuster Art and Michael McWeeney. This 9/11 anniversary exhibition includes the work of eight local artists and will be open until October 3rd.

Due to the weather advisory as Hurricane Henri approaches our area, The Noble Maritime Collection will be closed on Sund...
08/21/2021

Due to the weather advisory as Hurricane Henri approaches our area, The Noble Maritime Collection will be closed on Sunday, August 22, 2021, as will the entire Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden campus. Stay safe and dry, and we look forward to welcoming you to the museum next week.

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Stormy skies ahead—so in the interest of keeping you all in safe harbor, campus will be closed due to inclement weather on Sunday, August 22. We hope to reopen on Monday if all is well!

This weekend, we invite you to visit the museum to view the special exhibition, Arc of Twenty Years, co-curated by paint...
08/20/2021

This weekend, we invite you to visit the museum to view the special exhibition, Arc of Twenty Years, co-curated by painter Sarah Yuster Art and photographer Michael McWeeney. Through the lenses of eight diverse local artists, this exhibition offers reflection, consideration, and a wider view of the passage of time since the 9/11 attacks. For more information, visit https://www.noblemaritime.org/arc-of-twenty-years

Image: Sarah Yuster, The Firefighter, oil on canvas, 2002; courtesy of Staten Island Children's Museum.

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This weekend, we invite you to visit the museum to view the special exhibition, Arc of Twenty Years, co-curated by painter Sarah Yuster Art and photographer Michael McWeeney. Through the lenses of eight diverse local artists, this exhibition offers reflection, consideration, and a wider view of the passage of time since the 9/11 attacks. For more information, visit https://www.noblemaritime.org/arc-of-twenty-years

Image: Sarah Yuster, The Firefighter, oil on canvas, 2002; courtesy of Staten Island Children's Museum.

#NYCulture Visit Staten Island

Beginning tomorrow, August 19, the Noble Maritime Collection is implementing updates to our COVID-19 safety policy in ac...
08/18/2021

Beginning tomorrow, August 19, the Noble Maritime Collection is implementing updates to our COVID-19 safety policy in accordance with New York City’s Key to NYC program. Please visit the museum’s website to learn more.

https://www.noblemaritime.org/vaccination-requirement

Beginning tomorrow, August 19, the Noble Maritime Collection is implementing updates to our COVID-19 safety policy in accordance with New York City’s Key to NYC program. Please visit the museum’s website to learn more.

https://www.noblemaritime.org/vaccination-requirement

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 8/11 from 6 to 8 PM for Arc of Twenty Years: Exhibition Opening.  This 9/11 anniversary exhi...
08/10/2021

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 8/11 from 6 to 8 PM for Arc of Twenty Years: Exhibition Opening. This 9/11 anniversary exhibiton was independently co-curated by Sarah Yuster and Michael McWeeney. It features work by them both, as well as Ghanim Khalil, Scott LoBaido, Diane Matyas, Ann Marie McDonnell, Kristi Pfister, and Marguerite Maria Rivas. John A. Noble is also represented with his Ghost of a Bygone Ferry lithograph, which features the World Trade Center being built in the background. The exhibition will be up until 10/3. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM, and admission is by donation. The museum is following currently CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety, and masks must be worn indoors while visiting. #NYCulture Visit Staten Island

Image: Sarah Yuster, Victory Boulevard at Dusk, oil on canvas, 48” x 50”, 2014; courtesy of the artist

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday 8/11 from 6 to 8 PM for Arc of Twenty Years: Exhibition Opening. This 9/11 anniversary exhibiton was independently co-curated by Sarah Yuster and Michael McWeeney. It features work by them both, as well as Ghanim Khalil, Scott LoBaido, Diane Matyas, Ann Marie McDonnell, Kristi Pfister, and Marguerite Maria Rivas. John A. Noble is also represented with his Ghost of a Bygone Ferry lithograph, which features the World Trade Center being built in the background. The exhibition will be up until 10/3. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM, and admission is by donation. The museum is following currently CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 safety, and masks must be worn indoors while visiting. #NYCulture Visit Staten Island

Image: Sarah Yuster, Victory Boulevard at Dusk, oil on canvas, 48” x 50”, 2014; courtesy of the artist

Erin Urban is leading her Noble Crew through challenging conditions to prepare Robbins Reef Lighthouse for guests--somed...
08/09/2021

Erin Urban is leading her Noble Crew through challenging conditions to prepare Robbins Reef Lighthouse for guests--someday.

Current projects: ventilation, final interior paint, and the start of much needed exterior paint.

Tony Cocurullo donated a fan to manage the extreme moisture challenges presented by a brick and cast iron building surrounded by ocean water. Nick Boyle made a filter to prevent rust from damaging the fan. They installed it together.

Meanwhile, paint donated by Armorica Sales, paint is going on the inside of the roof over the light, the exterior kitchen door, the exterior walls that we can reach from ladders (the brown section), and on the interior stairs.

Michael Parise and Annie Rech scraped and sanded two exterior panels wearing full protective gear on a blisteringly hot day. Leslie Petosa caulked, sanded, and washed the exterior kitchen door. She and Michael painted the interior stairs.

The Noble Crew keeps after more mundane tasks too, such as weeding the caisson and maintaining the work we've accomplished thus far.

As you can see in the photos, the exterior paint is a top priority and much of it literally beyond the reach of our volunteers. With your help, we are determined to solve this problem and preserve Kate's Light for future generations.

Keep up with the project on our website at noblemaritime.org/latest-news.

Thank you to Gracelyn F. Santos and the Staten Island Advance for this thorough article about the 9/11 anniversary exhib...
08/02/2021
Noble Maritime Collection presents ‘Arc of Twenty Years,’ featuring art made by Staten Islanders in the 9/11 aftermath

Thank you to Gracelyn F. Santos and the Staten Island Advance for this thorough article about the 9/11 anniversary exhibition Arc of Twenty years that the museum is hosting from August 12 through October 3. Curated by Sarah Yuster Art and Michael McWeeney, it includes the work of eight local artists, including John A. Noble, and you can read about each in the link below. To attend the opening reception on August 11, reply at this event link: Arc of Twenty Years: Exhibition Opening #NYCulture Visit Staten Island

The exhibition will be on view from Aug. 12 to Oct. 3, 2021 in the museum’s library.

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria.  We are pleased to announce that next June we wi...
07/25/2021
A Conservator's Reflections on the Andrea Doria - InDepth

Today marks the 65th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria. We are pleased to announce that next June we will be presenting a new exhibition about the Italian liner and the successful and well-documented rescue of her passengers after she was struck by the MS Stockholm on July 25, 1956 while en route to New York. It will feature artifacts recovered from the wreck, multi-media installations, and ship models.

We are working with John Moyer, the most accomplished diver to the wreck, on this exhibition. Here is a recent article by John about his many dives to the wreck of the Andrea Doria and how he teaches the public about the story.

https://gue.com/blog/reflections-on-the-andrea-doria/

This month marks the 65th anniversary of the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria, once described as the “Mt. Everest of wreck diving.” Here veteran wreck diver/collector John Moyer, who was granted an “Admiralty Arrest” over the Doria in 1993, in order to recover its famed Guido Gambone ceramic a...

07/24/2021
Ferry Boat, a virtual reading by Michael Garland

This program was originally presented for the students at PS 59 The Harbor View School in June. Mr. Garland will read from his new book Ferry Boat, a beautifully illustrated children’s story about the Staten Island Ferry. Scenes from the book include digital etchings of the Manhattan skyline, the escalator to the gangplank, New York City crowds, and landmarks such as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The book was written with early readers in mind, but its artful depiction of commuters and tourists on the iconic ferry of New York Harbor is also enjoyable for children of all ages.

This is the last weekend to see E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton Artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor...
07/23/2021

This is the last weekend to see E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton Artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection! This exhibition marks the first time these 19th-century paintings are on public display, so don't miss your chance to see them in person. If you can't make it to the museum this weekend, the exhibition will remain on view virtually on the museum's website at noblemaritime.org/neilson.

🖼 E.F. Neilson (1865-1909), Stapleton Anchorage, Staten Island, Oil on canvas, 1895, The Collection of the Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York

This is the last weekend to see E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton Artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection! This exhibition marks the first time these 19th-century paintings are on public display, so don't miss your chance to see them in person. If you can't make it to the museum this weekend, the exhibition will remain on view virtually on the museum's website at noblemaritime.org/neilson.

🖼 E.F. Neilson (1865-1909), Stapleton Anchorage, Staten Island, Oil on canvas, 1895, The Collection of the Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York

We are thrilled that our friends at the Staten Island Museum asked us to partner with them on this month's Summer Nights...
07/22/2021

We are thrilled that our friends at the Staten Island Museum asked us to partner with them on this month's Summer Nights workshop. The Noble Maritime Collection's Director of Programs Dawn Daniels will lead participants in making Sailors' Valentines on Thursday, July 29, 7 to 9 PM. The beautifully colored shells pictured here will be used to create ornate patterns in the nostalgic tradition of a bygone era. These artworks were popular in the 1800s when sailors brought them home for loved ones as souvenirs. Get hands-on with the history of this seaworthy craft, and create a unique shell mosaic of your very own. The workshop will take place in the Staten Island Museum's auditorium at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Building A. Limited capacity. Registration required. Click the link for more information.

https://www.statenislandmuseum.org/event/summernightssailorsvalentine/

We are thrilled that our friends at the Staten Island Museum asked us to partner with them on this month's Summer Nights workshop. The Noble Maritime Collection's Director of Programs Dawn Daniels will lead participants in making Sailors' Valentines on Thursday, July 29, 7 to 9 PM. The beautifully colored shells pictured here will be used to create ornate patterns in the nostalgic tradition of a bygone era. These artworks were popular in the 1800s when sailors brought them home for loved ones as souvenirs. Get hands-on with the history of this seaworthy craft, and create a unique shell mosaic of your very own. The workshop will take place in the Staten Island Museum's auditorium at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Building A. Limited capacity. Registration required. Click the link for more information.

https://www.statenislandmuseum.org/event/summernightssailorsvalentine/

07/09/2021

Please note that if you are planning to visit the museum on Saturday, 7/10, due to the Peace and Unity Festival concert being held on Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden's South Meadow, on-site parking will be limited and vehicles will only be allowed to enter the site via the East Gate at Fillmore Street. The museum is open from 12 to 5 PM and we hope to welcome you. We also invite you to visit our neighbors Staten Island Museum to see their new exhibition, Jennifer Angus: Magicicada.

Happy July 4th from the Noble Maritime Collection!  The museum is closed today for the holiday.  Here is The Jamestown P...
07/04/2021

Happy July 4th from the Noble Maritime Collection! The museum is closed today for the holiday. Here is The Jamestown Passing the Statue of Liberty, an oil painting on canvas from 1894 by E.F. Neilson (1865-1909). It is featured in the exhibition E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection, which closes on July 25. The Statue of Liberty was lit for the first time on October 28, 1886. There is considerable debate about when the oxidation process of the copper statue was complete, resulting in the current green exterior. The process was gradual, with most experts believing it took about 30 years in total. However, in this painting Neilson painted the statue green, perhaps indicating that the process was further along by 1894 than previously thought.
(Image courtesy of Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York.)

Happy July 4th from the Noble Maritime Collection! The museum is closed today for the holiday. Here is The Jamestown Passing the Statue of Liberty, an oil painting on canvas from 1894 by E.F. Neilson (1865-1909). It is featured in the exhibition E.F. Neilson (1865-1909): Paintings by a New Brighton artist in the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Collection, which closes on July 25. The Statue of Liberty was lit for the first time on October 28, 1886. There is considerable debate about when the oxidation process of the copper statue was complete, resulting in the current green exterior. The process was gradual, with most experts believing it took about 30 years in total. However, in this painting Neilson painted the statue green, perhaps indicating that the process was further along by 1894 than previously thought.
(Image courtesy of Trustees of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor in the City of New York.)

06/24/2021
Untold Stories of the Titanic: Last Port of Call

Titanic: Last Port of Call, a virtual lecture by Sonia Joyce of the Titanic Experience Cobh, Ireland. The Titanic Experience Cobh is a museum housed in the original White Star Line Ticket Office. On the morning of April 11, 1912, the RMS Titanic dropped anchor in Cork Harbor. In this lecture, Ms. Joyce will tell the history of the town and introduce the story of the Odell and May family, who took some of the last photos of the Titanic. She also notes that the Irish passengers traveling in Third Class had a party below deck that included dancing and musicians playing traditional instruments. Niall O’Leary, a World Champion Irish dancer, celebrates the lives of the passengers with a special dance and spoon performance, as the presentation's finale.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 23 at 10 AM, students of PS 373R in New Brighton will unveil an art exhibition called Waves of...
06/22/2021
Public Art Fence Show: Noble Maritime Collection and PS 373R present ‘Waves of Inspiration’ which opens June 23

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 23 at 10 AM, students of PS 373R in New Brighton will unveil an art exhibition called Waves of Inspiration on the fence of their school at 91 Henderson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. The fence show is the culmination of this year’s Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA) program with the museum, supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and District 49 Councilwoman Debi Rose.

The project is based on Staten Island’s active waterway, the Kill Van Kull, and explores life and work along the waterfront. The students studied maritime careers, and with local artist Mona Oman, painted scenes of the waterway using techniques inspired by Monet and Van Gogh. They also made portraits of themselves dressed as maritime workers in the styles of Kahlo, Picasso, and Warhol. The project interprets the industrial culture of Staten Island’s North Shore through the expressions of pop art, impressionism, and cubism. For more information, check out the great article below by Gracelyn F. Santos of the Staten Island Advance. Visit Staten Island

The fence show is the culmination of the Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA) program with the Noble Museum.

Happy Father's Day!  Did you know that John A. Noble's father was also an artist?  John "Wichita Bill" Noble (1873-1934)...
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day! Did you know that John A. Noble's father was also an artist? John "Wichita Bill" Noble (1873-1934) was a native of Kansas who studied in France in the early 1900s. Known as an American Romantic painter in the Post-Impressionism movement, his paintings are in collections of museums such as the Wichita Art Museum and The Chrysler Museum of Art. He was also the subject of Irving Stone's 1949 novel, The Passionate Journey. To learn more, read this 2010 article from the Staten Island Advance about a past exhibition about Wichita Bill that we had at the museum: https://www.silive.com/entertainment/arts/2010/03/inside_the_artists_studio.html

Happy Father's Day! Did you know that John A. Noble's father was also an artist? John "Wichita Bill" Noble (1873-1934) was a native of Kansas who studied in France in the early 1900s. Known as an American Romantic painter in the Post-Impressionism movement, his paintings are in collections of museums such as the Wichita Art Museum and The Chrysler Museum of Art. He was also the subject of Irving Stone's 1949 novel, The Passionate Journey. To learn more, read this 2010 article from the Staten Island Advance about a past exhibition about Wichita Bill that we had at the museum: https://www.silive.com/entertainment/arts/2010/03/inside_the_artists_studio.html

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1000 Richmond Ter, Bldg D
Staten Island, NY
10301

Take the subway to South Ferry. The Staten Island Ferry is a free trip and runs every 15 minutes at weekday rush hour and every 30 minutes for the majority of the day and weekends (Ferry info, click here). From the ferry terminal at Staten Island take the S40 bus, it is a very short trip. There is a bus stop located at the front gate of Snug Harbor. Once inside the gate, notice the signs for The Noble Maritime Collection which is the second building from the left. (Note: Walking time from the ferry terminal is approximately 40 minutes, a nice walk along the waterfront)

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Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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(718) 447-6490

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