Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Terrace, Buildings C & G, Staten Island, NY 10301 - United States

Museum Day Hours: 11:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. (EST)





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. One of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in the United States, Snug Harbor consists of 28 buildings, fourteen distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, wetlands and park land on a unique, historic campus.

Six of Snug Harbor’s original structures were the first designated landmarks for New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965, including the majestic Main Hall (built in 1833) and Music Hall (built in 1892), one of the oldest concert halls in New York City. Fourteen distinctive gardens spread across the campus and include the celebrated New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden.

Snug Harbor offers programs and attractions to benefit the residents of Staten Island and of New York. It is home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Noble Maritime Collection, Art Lab, Children’s Harbor Montessori School, and Staten Island Conservatory of Music. Snug Harbor is proud to be a distinguished Smithsonian affiliate.

The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor is committed to engaging the community with dynamic art experiences, promoting inquiry and advancing scholarship. Founded in 1977, the Newhouse Center offers visitors a variety of exhibitions that feature contemporary art subjects, emerging artists, and community-based shows. The Newhouse Center is committed to presenting a wide range of voices and artistic practices.


For Museum Day, visitors will enjoy access to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, housed in an historic interior and exterior landmarked building which dates back to 1833. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor features contemporary art ranging from paintings and sculpture installations to digital media. Located in Buildings C & G, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art has three exhibitions on display:

"Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land" (on display through December 29, 2019) explores how spirituality manifests itself out of the connections between internal experience and the material world. How can we connect with nature in a society that continues to give primacy to disposability and mass-consumption? How do we move away from a mindset of scarcity to one of collaboration? How can we be transformed from the egocentric “i” to the love supreme “I AM”? In this work, artist Tattfoo Tan uses participatory prompts, games and affirmations to engage you in the play of the universe. Let the process begin.

The Summer Show: Snug Harbor Studio Artists is a group exhibition which highlights the diverse talent and artistry of our studio artists. Housed in the heart of Snug Harbor’s historic campus, participating artists have long-term studio space where they have developed and housed their process. Some of our studio artists have been here over 25-40 years. Featuring the work of Ann Marie McDonnell, Craig Manister, Elizabeth Sollazzo, Erin Butler, Gayle Tanaka, Griselda Healy, Joyce Goldstein, Julius Wasserstein, Linda Butti, Lisa Dahl, Mary Campbell, Robert Giunta, and Sharon Wasserstein.

Healing Garden: an exhibition explores living-memory of a botanical garden located within isolated megacity proximity. It features (non)linguistic remedial artist contributions examining communal nature and underlying (non)human geographical entities. This exhibition features the work of Sasha Huber, Petri Saarikko, and Eveliina Hämäläinen, international artists based in Helsinki, Finland.


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