Few museums embrace a collection as eclectic as this: an assortment of hats, paintings by Marc Chagall and 500,000 insects. One can find these plus 2 million more artifacts and specimens at the Staten Island Museum of the Institute of Arts and Sciences. The museum was founded in 1881, making it one of the oldest cultural organizations in New York City.
Dedicated to the heritage of Staten Island, its exhibitions and programs focus on the interrelationship between art, science and history. The art collection, begun in 1905, boasts fine examples from ancient to contemporary periods, including works by local and internationally acclaimed artists; an excellent collection of decorative arts; American and European silver; furniture and clothing; and African, Asian and Native American works. The natural science collection contains a vast array of entomological, plant, geological, shell and archaeological specimens. The archives and library hold extensive material on Staten Island history and science.
Programs for Seniors
A vast, varied and lively schedule of events at the museum offers something for everyone. In the Family Gallery there are fun, changing exhibits where artifacts are displayed and exciting hands-on projects presented. There are also lectures, walking tours, field trips, openings, concerts and meetings of study groups and clubs.
Among the many special events are holiday festivals, an outdoor art exhibit, the Anniversary Ball and the Christmas Bird Count. Programs for kids range from Science for Young People for children ages 3 and 4 to Science Club with Mr. Discovery, an in-depth science program for youngsters ages 8 to 13.
Summer day camps include Earth Camp for kids 8 - 13. Other regularly scheduled events include the monthly Junior Science every third Saturday, looking closely and drawing, and more! Birthday parties can also be arranged.
The Ferry Tour, Days of Dinosaurs, Lenape: Staten Island's Native Americans and the Immigrant Experience: the Italians and Freedom's Road are a few of the many programs offered at the museum and, for Staten Island schools, in the classroom.
The Staten Island Museum provides a diverse offering of Education Lessons for school groups from kindergarten through college. All of our programs meet the NYC Scope and Sequence, NY State, and Common Core ELA and Math standards. The Museum's Education Department is a NYC DOE Certified Vendor. Please download the Education Brochure or request a printed copy by calling Loretta Lonecke at 718.483.7103.
Designed to both inform and entertain, the selection of programs is as diverse as the museum itself, helping children to understand our complex world through classes on dinosaurs and reptiles, African-Americans and Native Americans, government, weather, women in history, recycling and much more. The Museum-on-the-Go program brings a mini-museum right into the classroom and includes a wide array of artifacts, specimens, projects and more, which the class may borrow for 15 days. Also offered for groups are gallery tours, a guided ride on the Staten Island Ferry, neighborhood walking tours and slide-illustrated discussions.
School Admission: Varies, please inquire.
School Season: In-school: school year; on-site: year-round