The Noble Maritime Collection

1000 Richmond Terrace,Building D, Staten Island, NY 10301 - United States




The Noble Maritime Collection is an art and history museum located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on the North Shore of Staten Island. Its mission is to present exhibitions and programs that celebrate the working waterfront of New York Harbor in the tradition of distinguished artist John A. Noble (1913-1983), and to preserve Robbins Reef Lighthouse and the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.

The museum is housed in an 1844 Greek Revival building, which is a National Historic Landmark. It has galleries, classrooms, a library, archives, a printmaking studio, and a shop. The centerpiece is Noble’s houseboat studio, a 19th century yacht cabin, restored and installed within the museum.


Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor and Treasures of Sailors’ Snug Harbor are two major exhibitions which explore the history and grandeur, as well as the routine activities of the famous retirement home for mariners, which had its heyday in the 19th century.

Permanent exhibitions include John A. Noble’s houseboat studio; a ship model gallery; and a period recreations of a Sailors’ Snug Harbor dormitory room.

Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor
This exhibition features an illustrated timeline of its history since 1837; a recreation of the sitting room of its famous keeper, Kate Walker, including her original furniture; and a gallery of contemporary and antique art inspired by the subject.

Arc of Twenty Years
This special exhibition honors the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks with a retrospective of work by eight Staten Island artists made in reaction to the tragic events. It is independently curated by painter Sarah Yuster and photographer Michael McWeeney.

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