The Noble Maritime Collection

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




The Noble Maritime Collection is a museum located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden on the North Shore of Staten Island. Its mission is to preserve and interpret the art, writings, and historical maritime artifacts of the distinguished marine artist, John A. Noble (1913-83); to continue his legacy of celebrating the people and traditions of the working waterfront of New York Harbor; and to preserve and interpret the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor and Robbins Reef Lighthouse.

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 period recreations of a Sailors’ Snug Harbor dormitory room and writing room.

The exhibition Robbins Reef Lighthouse: A Home in the Harbor 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.

The special exhibition This is a Print surveys the history of prints and the differences amongst various mediums, including etchings, engravings, lithographs, mezzotints, and photogravures. The exhibition draws upon the recently acquired collection of historian and author Barnett Shepherd.


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