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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