Sailors' Snug Harbor

New York, United States

Sailors' Snug Harbor is a collection of architecturally significant 19th-century buildings on Staten Island. The Harbor was founded as a retirement home for sailors after Captain Robert Richard Randall bequeathed funds for that purpose upon his 1801 death. Snug Harbor opened in 1833 as a sailors' retirement home located within what is now Building C, and additional structures were built on the grounds in later years. The buildings became a cultural center after the sailors' home moved away in 1976. The grounds and buildings are operated by Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, a nonprofit, Smithsonian-affiliated organization.

Sailors' Snug Harbor includes 26 Greek Revival, Beaux Arts, Italianate and Victorian style buildings. Among those are 'Temple Row', five interlocking Greek Revival buildings labeled A through E. The buildings are set in extensive, landscaped grounds, surrounded by the 19th-century cast-iron fence. The grounds also include a chapel and a sailors' cemetery. The cultural center includes the Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Children's Museum, the Staten Island Museum, the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, and the Noble Maritime Collection, as well as the Art Lab and the Music Hall.

The site is considered Staten Island's 'crown jewel' and 'an incomparable remnant of New York's 19th-century seafaring past.'


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    Founded: 1833


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    Zoe Greenberg (2 years ago)
    Beautiful historic grounds, you're likely to walk past a few blushing brides here! Wonderful place for a picnic, a stroll or even just to sit and admire the glorious atmosphere and beautiful gardens. The Heritage Farm has a produce stand every Thursday and Saturday. There's occasionally public and paid events in various sections of the park. A beautiful place full of history and always with things to do!
    Jeremiah Jurkiewicz (2 years ago)
    Truly one of the cultural gems of NYC! Snug Harbor is filled with lush grounds, museums, theaters, and plenty to see. There is always something going on at this fantastic site so you can visit it multiple times a year and always get a new experience. Whether you experience the Chinese Scholars Garden, enjoy one of the many festivals on its grounds, or spectate a show you can't go wrong. There's something for everyone, family outings, romantic dates, or just a slow pleasant stroll. One of the best places to visit in Staten Island and NYC!
    Sharon Girgenti (2 years ago)
    We had the most beautiful wedding at Snug Harbor. From the moment we booked Snug until even after our wedding we have had a wonderful experience. We can’t thank Erin, Emily, and the Celebrate team enough for making our day so special. Erin was the most amazing wedding coordinator to work with from day one. Even through the craziness of planning during the pandemic, Erin was so flexible, understanding, and compassionate. On the day of our wedding, Erin and Emily crushed it! Erin truly made sure every detail of our vision was in place and made everything perfect. Emily was the greatest bridal attendant, she truly went above and beyond to help make our day feel so seamless. THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE CELEBRATE TEAM!
    Chand (2 years ago)
    Used to love this place the few times I've visited. Really loved the beautiful chinese garden but unfortunately online openings were not accurate. Took my visiting auntie there as I thought it was opened and they said it's only opened Wed - Friday. All the attractions were closed off and was not much to see besides the two small, circular gardens. At least I got to see my homeland flowers (the hibiscus). ?
    Elliot Porter (2 years ago)
    There are so many things to do on a nice day. Go to the scholar garden, have lunch at the cafe, go to the children's museum with the kids, look at the botanical garden. Just roam around. Enjoy a picnic on the grass. Look at all the different gardens and ponds. Or there's so much wildlife and nature, it's a relaxing getaway. And there's so much else to do beside that... There's the natural history museum, the gardens, the kids activities... So wonderful for the family. But I have to say the highlight for me is the Chinese scholar garden. I could go there and just relax every week for a couple hours with a book. Be sure to take the camera and your curiosity
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