Living History


  • $5
  • $3.50
  • $4
  • Free

Children under 5 free

There are 27 buildings within the museum village, many of which are restored and open for touring. Visitors can see furnished interiors, formal exhibitions and demonstrations of daily activities of early Staten Islanders on a seasonal, scheduled basis. The journey through time includes a visit to the home of Hendrick Kroesen, the Dutch Voorlezer (de facto pastor and school master) in the 1690s. Rural Staten Island of the 1820s is represented by the farmhouse where Elizabeth Lake Tysen was born and later raised 10 children of her own. Closer to the courthouse are the buildings of the town center including the home and general store owned by Stephen D. Stephens in the 1860s.

On site exhibits include TOYS!, a display of more than 200 toys that demonstrate how objects shape the way children see the world, and Made on Staten Island: Agriculture, Industry and Suburban Living in the City, which presents a wide variety of objects crafted and produced on the island from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society

441 Clarke Avenue

(at Arthur Kill Road)

Staten Island, NY 10306

(718) 351-1611

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From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S74 bus to Richmond Road and St. Patrick's Place.


Mon9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thu1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

July & Aug: Wed-Sun 11 am-5 pmTours Wed-Fri at 2 pm; Sat & Sun at 2 & 3:30 pm