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 is to preserve and interpret the art, writings, and historical maritime artifacts of the distinguished marine artist, John A. Noble; to continue Noble's legacy of celebrating the people and traditions of the working waterfront of New York Harbor; to preserve and interpret the history of Sailors' Snug Harbor in its collections, exhibitions and programs; and to operate a maritime study center inspired by John A. Noble and the mariners of Sailors' Snug Harbor.

Our This is a Print exhibition will close this Sunday, March 1 after a successful year-long run.  If you haven't seen it...
02/26/2020

Our This is a Print exhibition will close this Sunday, March 1 after a successful year-long run. If you haven't seen it, don't miss your chance to see a survey of all printmaking techniques, with examples dating back to 1750. We are open this week from Thursday through Sunday, from 12 to 5 PM, and admission is always by donation. Fore more information, visit noblemaritime.org/this-is-a-print. #NYCulture Visit Staten Island

Thank you to NYC: The Official Guide for featuring us in your list of five things to do at Snug Harbor Cultural Center a...
02/25/2020
The Best Things to Do at Snug Harbor

Thank you to NYC: The Official Guide for featuring us in your list of five things to do at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden! We're happy to be listed along our friends at Staten Island Museum and Staten Island Children's Museum! If you follow us from afar and have never been here, or have been to this museum but never explored the rest of the site, use this list as your starting point and plan to spend the day here this spring!

Noble loved the wrecks of wooden-masted schooners at Port Johnston in Bayonne, NJ, and they inspired many of his composi...
02/18/2020
'Ghost ship' washes up on Irish coast after storm

Noble loved the wrecks of wooden-masted schooners at Port Johnston in Bayonne, NJ, and they inspired many of his compositions. A "ghost ship" is a specific type of wreck. It is not an apparition, but rather a ship adrift without a crew. Later this year we will explore the most famous ghost ship of them all—the Mary Celeste, which has a Staten Island connection—in one of our public programs, but for now, take a look at this interesting news article about a modern ghost ship...

The mysterious cargo ship was drifting without crew on the high seas for more than a year.

At last month's Sea Shanty Session, photographer Michael McWeeney captured these fantastic new images of the musicians a...
02/13/2020

At last month's Sea Shanty Session, photographer Michael McWeeney captured these fantastic new images of the musicians and singers who gather at the museum on the third Sunday of every month to keep this maritime tradition alive. Led by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., all are welcome at this free, family-friendly program. The next session is this Sunday, February 16, from 2 to 5 PM. For more information, visit Sea Shanty Sessions. Visit Staten Island #NYCulture

Well this is just too cool for words—a model of The Noble Maritime Collection will be part of LEGOLAND New York!  Fodor'...
01/31/2020
Behind the Scenes of Legoland New York

Well this is just too cool for words—a model of The Noble Maritime Collection will be part of LEGOLAND New York! Fodor's Travel got a sneak peak of the models of New York City landmarks that will be featured at the amusement park when it opens in Goshen, NY in July. We are happy to be featured along with our friends Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and Staten Island Museum. According to Fodor's, it took more than 450 hours and 80,000 blocks to build the Front Five model, and it will be accompanied by a miniature Staten Island Ferry! Visit Staten Island

Starting in less than a month, on February 26, local author Rob Hart will be teaching a writing workshop here at the mus...
01/28/2020
Stephen King tweets about ‘The Warehouse’ by Staten Island author, calls it an ‘engrossing novel’

Starting in less than a month, on February 26, local author Rob Hart will be teaching a writing workshop here at the museum called So You Want to Write a Novel. Did you hear that Stephen King recently praised Hart's latest novel, The Warehouse? Check out this article from the Staten Island Advance to learn more about all of the exciting worldwide attention and acclaim that Hart and The Warehouse are receiving. You will be sure to learn a lot about the writing process and the publishing industry in the Six-session Writing Workshop with author Rob Hart, but sign up soon, as the class size is limited to only 12 students! For more information visit noblemaritime.org/rob-hart-writing-class.

The acclaimed horror writer praised West Brighton resident Rob Hart on Twitter on Friday.

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the run of our This is a Print exhibition until Sunday, March 1, 2020. ...
01/27/2020

We are pleased to announce that we have extended the run of our This is a Print exhibition until Sunday, March 1, 2020. You now have an extra month to see this exhibition of fine art prints of all techniques, spanning centuries, from the collection of local historian and author, Barnett Shepherd. Inspired by John A. Noble's love of the printmaking medium, his work is also featured, including a rarely seen etching, and the lithograph and stone for Dressing the Diver, seen here (from The Pipe Lithographs, edition 30, 1952; gift of the Noble Family). For more information about this exhibition, visit www.noblemaritime.org/this-is-a-print.

01/24/2020

We've been hosting writing workshops here at the museum for nearly two decades. They are inspired by John A. Noble's penchant for writing copiously about the subjects he depicted in his art, as well as the Writing Room, an original Sailors' Snug Harbor amenity restored to its 19th century appearance here in Building D. Staten Island author Rob Hart is receiving worldwide acclaim for his latest novel The Warehouse, and we are very excited to announce that he will lead our next writing workshop, So You Want to Write a Novel. This six-session class will be held every other Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM starting on February 26 and running through May 6. It will cover everything from developing a story to pursuing publication. For more information, visit Six-session Writing Workshop with author Rob Hart or www.noblemaritime.org/rob-hart-writing-class, where you can register online. #NYCulture

Check out this article to learn how the historic retirement home for sailors where the museum is located inspired some m...
01/17/2020
Seafarers International House

Check out this article to learn how the historic retirement home for sailors where the museum is located inspired some maritime slang...

You can still "meet in Snug Harbor," which today is transformed into a flourishing cultural center with Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Noble Maritime Collection; Staten Island Children's Museum, and Staten Island Museum.

Thank you to Borough President James Oddo and Staten Island USA for spotlighting the Noble Maritime Collection!  We're p...
01/08/2020

Thank you to Borough President James Oddo and Staten Island USA for spotlighting the Noble Maritime Collection! We're passionate about our work preserving history and presenting educational and entertaining exhibitions for all Staten Islanders, as well as tourists to our beautiful borough. If you haven't been the museum before, or haven't visited in a while, plan to do so in this new year. We have a lot exciting programs and exhibitions lined up, and we can't wait to share them with you! Visit Staten Island

Spotlight on the The Noble Maritime Collection

Staten Island is overflowing with maritime history and one of the best ways to learn about it is at the Noble Maritime Collection.

This museum gives visitors an exclusive look into Snug Harbor’s foundation - a retirement home established for Sailors in 1831.

See the old-time treasures from the daily life of these retired sailors or learn about Robbins Reef Lighthouse, famously kept by Katherine Walker from 1890 till 1919. The museum acquired the deed of the lighthouse in 2011 and plans to restore for visitors to explore and preserve the history so important to New York Harbor.

The museum is also dedicated to celebrating the life and work of John A. Noble (1913-83), one of the country’s premier maritime artists. His houseboat studio, which he docked in the waters off Staten Island, is a permanent installation. From this floating studio he created hundreds of paintings, lithographs, and drawings, now on display at the museum.

The Noble Maritime Collection is open from Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.noblemaritime.org or call 718-447-6490.

Happy New Year from the Noble Maritime Collection! We wish you the best for 2020, and in the words of John A. Noble, "Ma...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from the Noble Maritime Collection! We wish you the best for 2020, and in the words of John A. Noble, "May you occasionally float above your geography during the coming year."

This image is of a holiday card from John and Sue Noble featuring a charcoal version of Dying in the English Kills. You'll notice that the ship's mast has no rigging; a version of this as an oil painting hangs in our conference room on the museum's first floor. Noble did not include the rigging at the request of the person who commissioned the painting so that he could better see both the industrial activity of Brooklyn and Queens, and the Manhattan skyline in the background.

The new 20s will begin on Wednesday!  We hope that the new decade will be as roaring and stylish as the last 20s!  The 1...
12/30/2019

The new 20s will begin on Wednesday! We hope that the new decade will be as roaring and stylish as the last 20s! The 1920s saw a teenage John A. Noble embark on his career as a sailor aboard coastal schooners, against his parents' wishes out of fear for his safety. His rebellion shaped his life, and subsequently his art, which we celebrate at the museum. His beautiful bohemian mother, Amelia Peische Noble, was rebellious in her own way, and embraced the fashion revolution of the 1920s, as evident in this photograph from around 1925. May she inspire your New Year's Eve party outfits!

Have you noticed increased whale activity in New York Harbor? Do you love the work of Herman Melville? Please join us on...
12/27/2019

Have you noticed increased whale activity in New York Harbor? Do you love the work of Herman Melville? Please join us on Sunday, January 5 at 2 PM for Gotham Whale!, a special presentation by Paul Sieswerda of Gotham Whale about whale conservation and a reading from In the Heart of the Sea by Staten Island OutLOUD. We hope to see you there!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from your friends at the Noble Maritime Collection! We thank you all for your support...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from your friends at the Noble Maritime Collection! We thank you all for your support throughout the year. Here is a rare pencil and charcoal drawing of an angel by John A. Noble, N.A. (1913-1983). Dating from around 1935, it is from a collection of his sketches and plein air compositions called the Rowboat Drawings, which were a gift to the museum from the Noble Family.

Our offices will be closed this week on 12/24 and 12/25, and next week on 12/31 and 1/1 for the holidays.  Our regular g...
12/23/2019

Our offices will be closed this week on 12/24 and 12/25, and next week on 12/31 and 1/1 for the holidays. Our regular gallery hours will not be impacted by the holidays, and we will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5 PM this week and next. And in addition, we will be open late this Friday, 12/27 until 8 PM for Lantern Fest Fridays. We hope to welcome you!

Tradition has it that some Sailors' Snug Harbor residents were highly skilled shop model makers.  Model-making was a doc...
12/23/2019
FDR’s Ship Models – Part 3: Other Interesting Models

Tradition has it that some Sailors' Snug Harbor residents were highly skilled shop model makers. Model-making was a documented pastime at the retirement home, and the resulting models were known to be extremely accurate, owning to the fact the sailors actually lived and worked on and repaired these vessels, and therefore knew them better than anyone else. Frank Hanavan, our artist friend and a maritime enthusiast, just uncovered a record of President Franklin D. Roosevelt owning a ship model built by Snugs. What's more, he was longtime friends with these men! Check out this link from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and scroll down to read about the model of the USS Wabash. To see more models built by Snugs, visit our Ship Model Gallery, which includes pieces from the Collection of The Trustees of the Sailors' Snug Harbor in the City of New York

By Paul M. Sparrow, Director, FDR Library. Many of the ships in FDR’s collection are historically significant vessels. Others fall more into the unique and unusual category. Originally a United Sta…

Happy Culture Shop Day!! Less than one hour to go before we open, and the museum is brimming with unique gifts for every...
12/07/2019

Happy Culture Shop Day!! Less than one hour to go before we open, and the museum is brimming with unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and treasures for you to treat yourself with too! Here are just a few examples: fine art by JSVitek Art and Sarah Yuster, jewelry by Sage Reynolds, and a children’s book called “Rupert the Earthworm” by local author Allan Avidano. Culture Shop hours are 11 AM through 4 PM, with a performance by Viva Voce Chorus at 2 PM. Sage Reynolds is offering an early bird 50% off discount to shoppers who arrive before 12:30 PM. So grab your friends and stroll on over to the museum’s most festive day of the year!

The festive day is here!  Join us and 32 local artists and craftspeople at Culture Shop from 11 AM to 4 PM.  Be sure to ...
12/07/2019

The festive day is here! Join us and 32 local artists and craftspeople at Culture Shop from 11 AM to 4 PM. Be sure to stick around for a performance at 2 PM by Viva Voce Chorus, led by our friend Carolyn Clark, and check out the other Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden markets, including The Edible Island Market at Staten Island Museum and Art Lab's Annual Handmade Holiday Art & Craft Fair at Art Lab! Visit Staten Island

12/06/2019
Visit Staten Island

Thank you Visit Staten Island for going live about all the great holiday events happening tomorrow, Saturday 12/7 from 11 AM to 4 PM, here at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, including our Culture Shop, Staten Island Museum's The Edible Island Market, and Art Lab's Annual Handmade Holiday Art & Craft Fair. Check out this video for all the info on tomorrow's festive markets!

There’s a BUNCH going on at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden tomorrow to get your holiday shopping done when you VISIT Staten Island ❄️

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Thank you to Councilwoman Debi Rose for sharing our Culture Shop flyer, as well as the flyers for the holiday fairs also...
12/06/2019

Thank you to Councilwoman Debi Rose for sharing our Culture Shop flyer, as well as the flyers for the holiday fairs also happening tomorrow, Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Staten Island Museum and the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. There are also events at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Art Lab, Christ Church New Brighton, and Makerspace NYC, so come to the North Shore with your friends and family, and shop and be festive with us! Visit Staten Island

Check out these holiday events tomorrow!

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John A. Noble's houseboat studio is all dressed for the season, and for Culture Shop this Saturday, December 7 from 11 A...
12/05/2019

John A. Noble's houseboat studio is all dressed for the season, and for Culture Shop this Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM. This year our annual holiday market features more local artists and craftspeople than ever before—32 to be exact—and we've expanded to two floors! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to this festive event where you'll be sure to find something unique for everyone on your holiday shopping list. And, if you're here around 2 PM, you'll here the joyous sounds of the Viva Voce Chorus, led by our friend Carolyn Clark. Visit Staten Island

Do you have an espresso lover or fan of cafe culture on your shopping list? Well look no further than this boxed set of ...
12/05/2019

Do you have an espresso lover or fan of cafe culture on your shopping list? Well look no further than this boxed set of six greeting cards with envelopes by photographer Michael McWeeney. His travels inspired a photo series of his empty espresso cups captured in the cafes of Milan and Venice in Italy, and Duzer's Local Cafe + Market in Stapleton. @#myemptyespresso The cards offer a place to write your notes for all occasions, say “hello,” “thank you,” and “I love you” while sipping the perfect cortado. Michael will be selling the card sets this Saturday, December 7 at Culture Shop between 11 AM and 4 PM, along with his line of matted fine art prints. @#havana1933

Thank you to Staten Island NYC Living for including our Culture Shop in your list of holiday craft fairs to explore in o...
12/04/2019
Holiday Craft Fairs and Expos 2019 Staten Island NYC - Staten Island NYC Living

Thank you to Staten Island NYC Living for including our Culture Shop in your list of holiday craft fairs to explore in our festive borough! We hope all of you join us this Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM to find unique gifts from over two dozen local artists and craftspeople. We also encourage you to attend similar events being hosted that day by our good neighbors Art Lab, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island Museum, Christ Church New Brighton, Unitarian Church of Staten Island, and Makerspace NYC. Read the article for more information on more events across Staten Island. Visit Staten Island

Holiday Craft Fairs and Expos 2019 Staten Island NYC

Thank you to Rachel Lees Writer and The Straits Times in Singapore for writing that The Noble Maritime Collection was "t...
12/04/2019
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Thank you to Rachel Lees Writer and The Straits Times in Singapore for writing that The Noble Maritime Collection was "the unexpected highlight" of your visit to Staten Island! We are thrilled that you said that "this fascinating and well-curated museum is a treat, regardless of whether you have an interest in maritime history." We hope to welcome tourists from Singapore not only to our museum, but to our beautiful borough. Visit Staten Island

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We are getting the museum ready to host Culture Shop this Saturday, December 7, and couldn’t be more excited about the a...
12/03/2019

We are getting the museum ready to host Culture Shop this Saturday, December 7, and couldn’t be more excited about the artists and craftspeople who will be selling their wares! Everyday between now and then we will post pictures of some of the items, so you can get as excited as we are! These designs are by Elle Finn, who will be featuring her art prints and note cards. Come by between 11 AM and 4 PM to see Elle’s work along with 31 other artists.

Don't do all of your shopping in the big box stores today!  Be sure to plan to come to Culture Shop next week at the mus...
11/29/2019

Don't do all of your shopping in the big box stores today! Be sure to plan to come to Culture Shop next week at the museum on Saturday, December 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM. Our annual holiday gift fair includes unique handmade items of a wide variety from Allan Avidano, August Moon Handcrafted Jewelry, Omar K Aviles, Bee Baa Art Jewelry, Nancy and Christopher Benbow, Chapman Grafik, Laura Del Prete, Elle Finn, Fundaroma Candle, Alana Gilkeson, Hey, Dollface!, Ellen Hudson, Meghan Joseph-Avidano, Juniper Moon Designs, JSVitek Art, The King's Crafter, Linda Klein, Verna Lauria, Michael McWeeney, Bill Murphy, Megan Padovano Design, Robert Padovano, Janice Patrignani, Andrea Phillips, PJC Guitar Pick Jewelry and Cigar box Guitars, Sage Reynolds, Linda Rossi, Patricia Salmon, Ava Quinn, Tin and Tick, and Sarah Yuster. And, at 2 PM, there will be a special performance by the Viva Voce Chorus led by Carolyn Clark!

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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)

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(718) 447-6490

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