Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York City, NY 10301


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Whether you’re an arts and culture enthusiast, a family looking to get away, or if you have a soft spot for beautiful botany, there’s something for everyone on this 83-acre historic campus.

he Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is the main art gallery on Snug Harbor’s campus, and current exhibits are featured here. The Staten Island Museum, the Noble Maritime Collection, and Art Lab also have extensive art collections and work on display. 

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden (NYCSG) is one of two authentic classical outdoor Chinese gardens built in the United States. It is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty gardens (1368-1644 AD). All the architectural components of the NYCSG were fabricated in Suzhou, China. No nails or glue were used in the garden’s construction; the wooden elements are joined together through a sophisticated mortise-and-tenon system characteristic of traditional Chinese construction. The garden features magnificent rocks resembling mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist monks. Eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftspeople spent a year in China creating the Garden’s components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction.

Other gardens include a Tuscan Garden, a Secret garden, a white garden, roses, an allée, and more.