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.

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.

E.F. Neilson: Paintings by a New Brighton Artist
This special exhibition is a selection of Staten Island maritime oil paintings from around 1895 from the collection of the Trustees of the Sailors' Snug Harbor in the City of New York. Ernest Fielder Neilson (1865-1909) was born in Hong Kong, the son of a tea merchant. Later a resident of Staten Island's New Brighton neighborhood, he was an amateur artist, scientist, and naturalist, before becoming a Presbyterian pastor.

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