Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
718-727-1135

Vision & Mission:

Founded in 1881, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections. The Museum is dedicated to making its current and future collections broadly accessible for educators, students, researchers and the general public by providing authentic experiences in the field and at the Museum.

History:

The Staten Island Museum traces its beginnings to 1881, when a group of 14 young naturalists on Staten Island had the foresight to pool their collections and research efforts out of a concern that “the rapid growth of the community [has already] obliterated many of our most interesting natural objects.” Their goal was to keep a record for future generations against the anticipated loss of plant and animal species and to advocate for environmental preservation long before it was fashionable to do so.

Today, the Staten Island Museum maintains and continues to build, in authentic specimens, photographs and field notes, an unbroken record of the changing biodiversity of the region, spanning more than 150 years.

Founded as a private society of local naturalists who pooled their personal collections to create the public museum in 1908, the Museum continues to focus on environmental protection and has participated in the preservation of High Rock Park and the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge, named after our co-founder. Since 1908 staff and members have conducted annual bird counts together with the Audubon Society. In 1909, the Section of Arts was organized, and in 1918 the Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences was incorporated to reflect the broader mission which also includes local history. The Staten Island Museum has been called a “Mini Smithsonian” because of the breadth of its collections and because it is based on a 19th century model of creating the complete resources for a cultural education within one’s own community.

As the Staten Island Museum grew throughout the 20th century, it became a center for intellectual and scientific discourse, reaching well beyond its walls to be instrumental in the founding of a number of important institutions such as the Staten Island Zoo, the S.I. Historical Society, the S.I. Greenbelt and the New York Botanical Garden.

The Museum is currently operating out of three locations. The original building, the Staten Island Museum in St. George (1918) is conveniently located just two blocks from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Less than 2 miles down the road on the historic ground of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden is the Staten Island Museum History Center & Archives (Building H, 2009), and directly adjacent is our flagship location, the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor (Building A, 2015). Snug Harbor is 83-acre campus situated on parkland that is home to several cultural agencies in a unique cluster of 19th century Greek Revival buildings. Since the completion of the $24.4 million New York City funded renovation of an 1879 dormitory for retired sailors into a state-of-the-art museum, we present engaging exhibitions such as Remember the Mastodon (biodiversity), Opening the Treasure Box (World Art), From Farm to City (history), and changing exhibitions.

To properly exhibit and care for its Natural Science and History Collections, the Museum is embarking on the renovation and restoration of Building B with about $7 M toward the $15 M construction project raised from the City of New York. Seen in the light of the current renaissance of Staten Island’s North Shore, this will further advance Snug Harbor as a cultural destination.


Upcoming Events at Staten Island Museum

Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Oct 25, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Nov 1, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Nov 2, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Nov 8, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Nov 9, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Nov 15, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Nov 22, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Nov 23, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Nov 29, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Dec 5, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Dec 6, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Dec 8, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Dec 12, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Dec 13, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Dec 14, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Dec 15, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Dec 20, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Dec 21, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Dec 22, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Dec 25, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Dec 26, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Dec 27, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Dec 28, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Dec 29, 2019 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Jan 1, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Jan 3, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Jan 4, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Jan 5, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Jan 10, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Jan 16, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Jan 17, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Jan 18, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Jan 30, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Jan 31, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Feb 1, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Feb 2, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Feb 7, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Feb 8, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Feb 9, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Feb 14, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Feb 15, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Feb 16, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Friday, Feb 21, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Exhibition - Field Notes: Seed Stories And The Power Of Plants

Sunday, Feb 23, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Staten Island, NY
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Recent News

Exhibition - Impractical Jokers: Homecoming at Staten Island Museum

Impractical Jokers: Homecoming explores the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that…

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Exhibition - Home Games 2016

A sports history exhibition in collaboration with the Staten Island Sports Hall of FameHOME GAMES follows the changing role of sports as reflected in the lives of Islanders like Gloria Elliott of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League;…

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