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

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





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 welcomes three exciting and eclectic new exhibitions exploring the work of Egyptian painter, Reda Abdelrahman; installation artist, DB Lampman; and photo-typography by Alyssa Rapp & Raul Barquet.

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