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“Lots To See, But Not Too Much!”

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
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US$99.00*
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 7 May 2014

My wife and I have been to Manhattan several times and have visited a lot of the main tourist attractions and museums there, so before our most recent trip we searched online for other inexpensive historical/cultural/educational things to do. We found the Staten Island Museum, and were excited about the "Return of the 17-year Cicadas" Exhibition as we'd seen cicadas before but didn't know much about them. The Museum building itself impressed us right away as it's an old house and was spotlessly clean, and the friendly staff members were fun to talk with and helpful. The Cicada exhibition was our favorite-the more we checked the displays and read, the more we got into it. All of the other displays were interesting too, and though some of the things weren't from Staten Island, they were connected to Staten Island. The Museum had a real charm to it because it's a manageable size for looking through without any pressure, and also because the slower pace of things on Staten Island was a nice change from Manhattan.

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Reviewed 5 March 2014

The Staten Island Museum was disappointing. The focus is on natural history and cabinets full of rocks and fossils (many not even from Staten Island). There was an interesting display of taxidermy birds of Staten Island and a semi-interesting display about 17 year cicadas but generally the museum is light on information and interesting things. The Staten Island Ferry display was also a let down; there is virtually nothing about its history, how and why it came about, memorabilia and anecdotes etc. I am glad I visited during the free admission period as I would have felt very ripped-off otherwise.

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This facility is close to transportation. Well kept and had very interesting information about Staten Island. There is a pay parking lot across the street.

1  Thank CG8102006
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

Really didn't know what to expect when we stumbled across this museum but stone me! We found the mixture of natural science and history very informative. The staff were very helpful and happy to chat and share their knowledge. There personal passion was obvious and this was delightful. I would recommend this museum highly.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

We took a trip on the Staten Island ferry mainly to see the harbour area but on our arrival at Staten Island we decided to spend some time on the island and not take the next ferry back as so many other people did. Outside the Terminal building we could see the Museum over towards the right behind the car park and we decided to give it a visit. We were not disappointed. I think that we were about the only visitors while we were there so the very knowledgeable curatorial staff had plenty of time to talk to us. While the exhibits are a bit of a hotch potch they all had a link to the island and I was particularly interested in the exhibits associated with the ferry and other maritime matters. Well worth the visit.

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