The mission of the Staten Island Children’s Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun. The Museum is committed to achieving these goals through programming that emphasizes direct and authentic hands-on experiences conducted in a welcoming and pleasing environment. The Museum encourages participation by visitors of all abilities and endeavors to reach beyond its walls to serve as an educational resource for the members of our diverse community, especially families and schools. Founded in 1974 and located in a historical setting on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, the Staten Island Children’s Museum offers 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits as well as a 4-acre East Meadow, and a picnic and performance pavilion.
The Staten Island Children’s Museum is housed in a building owned by the City of New York and its operation is made possible, in part, with public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Council. Significant support is also provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, trustees of the Museum, corporations, foundations and Museum members
Founded by a group of parents in 1974, the museum opened in 1976 in a small rented storefront with one exhibit and program. A series of “hands-on, minds-on” exhibitions followed about history, the natural science and fine arts. By 1980, space limitations drove the museum to seek larger quarters. The City of New York invited the Children’s Museum to join the Cultural Institutions Group, which included plans for the Museum to relocate to the ground so the newly acquired 83-acre Snug Harbor. Planning, funding and renovations for the new home at Snug Harbor Cultural Center took six years to complete and in 1986, the museum opened the doors to its new home. In 2003, the facility expanded to 40,000 square feet with the addition of the historic barn and the bi-level glass passageway. In 2013, the Museum completed another capital project, with the addition of a state-of-the-art tented picnic and performance pavilion on the East Meadow, and a vertical axis wind turbine and wind scoop addition to our roof.
Board of Trustees
Lisa Risolo Laub, President
Alfredo P. Conti, Esq., Vice President
Leslie Kasegrande, Esq., Vice President
Gina Laine, Vice President
David Oldham, Vice President
Bonnie Lauder, Treasurer
Kerri L. Bringslid, Esq., Secretary
Katherine A. Connors
Alecia Giovinazzo, M.D.
Mark C. Irving*
Monica Petraglia McCabe, Esq.*
David L. Oldham
Hon. Bill DeBlasio
Hon. James Oddo
Hon. Tom Finklepearl
Hon. Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP
The Staten Island Children’s Museum offers exciting volunteer opportunities for teens, adults and groups.
Volunteers at the Museum will:
- • Receive the experience of working in a Museum environment
- • Develop life skills including leadership, responsibility, and communication
- • Assist various Museum departments in fulfilling the mission of the institution
- • Experience the self-fulfillment that comes from performing community service
- • Accumulate community service hours
Applicants must be:
- • At least 14 years of age
- • Interested in working with children, the arts, sciences or cultural institutions
- • Enrolled in the volunteer program by submitting a completed application
- • Listed on the email registry to receive notifications of volunteer opportunities
How to Apply:
- • Submit a completed application Museum Volunteer Program Interest Form
- • Include a completed Personal Reference form (completed by an adult other than a family member or friend who is familiar with the applicant)
- • The Museum has a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year
- • Volunteers are needed to engage visitors in public programs, co-facilitate outreaches, help with special events, support camp groups and assist with office tasks
- • Opportunities to volunteer are emailed to registered volunteers. Assignments are allocated to the first respondents to register for each volunteer opportunity
For more information, contact Ellen Huffman, Visitor Services Manager, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your interest in the Museum Volunteer Program!
All members of the media should contact Jennifer Dudley email@example.com or call 718-273-2060 ext. 150 (please be sure to include your media outlet, nature of your query, and daytime telephone number).
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A Brief History
All about the Children’s Museum
Founded by a group of parents in 1974, the museum opened in 1976 in a small rented storefront with one exhibit and program. A series of “hands-on, minds-on” exhibitions followed about history, the natural science and fine arts. By 1980, space limitations drove the museum to seek larger quarters. The City of New York invited the Children’s Museum to join the Cultural Institutions Group, which included plans for the Museum to relocate to the ground so the newly acquired 83-acre Snug Harbor. Planning, funding and renovations for the new home at Snug Harbor Cultural Center took six years to complete and in 1986, the museum opened the doors to its new home. In 2003, the facility expanded to 40,000 square feet with the addition of the historic barn and the bi-level glass passageway. In 2013, the Museum completed another capital project, with the addition of a state-of –the-art tented picnic and performance pavilion on the East Meadow, and a vertical axis wind turbine and wind scoop addition to our roof.
Current Press Releases
We are a Blue Star Museum! Free Admission for Active & Reserve Military Families from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day
The Big Picnic at Snug Harbor: An Afternoon of Cultural Events & Neighborly Fun! Saturday, June 16 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Come One, Come All to The Carnival & Science Spectacular! Saturday, June 2, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Check Out Our Summer Mini-Camps at Open House on Saturday, May 12
June, 2017 – Daylight Hour Campaign
April 2017 – Prince Day 2017
February 2017 – Love for Animals Weekend
December, 2016 –
November, 2016 – Circle of Friends Awards Business Luncheon
October, 2016 – Not So Scary Halloween
July, 2016 – Jennifer Dudley Named New Director of Development
June, 2016 – SICM Elects New Board President
June, 2016 – Free Summer Music & Dance
April, 2016 – SICM Exhibit Manager Named “Rising Star”
February, 2016 – Celebrate David Bowie
June, 2015 – Boogie Woogie Wednesdays are Back!
March, 2015 – Get Ready for Camp
February 10, 2015 – Announcing the New Morse Code Station Exhibit
February 4, 2015 – Staten Island Children’s Museum Announces P.S. 38 CASA Performance
November 20, 2014 – What Can You Build with a Cardboard Box?
November 8, 2014 – 23rd Annual Circle of Friends Honorees
October 1, 2014 – Now Accepting Nominations for Kid of Achievement
September 19, 2014 – Children’s Museum Recieves Prestigious IMLS Grant
August 27, 2014 – This Fall’s Fix- Up and Festival
June 20, 2014 – Staten Island Children’s Museum Announces Artist Line-Up
June 12, 2014 – SIBOR Makes Generous Donation
April 4, 2014 – Children’s Museum Appoints New Education Director
March 6, 2014 – Get Ready for Summer Camp!
February 24, 2014 – Staten Island Children’s Museum Announces New Website!
Film and Television Locations
The Staten Island Children’s Museum, located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens in lovely downtown Staten Island, offers an almost 40,000 square foot facility, with nine exhibits, several classrooms, plus a four acre Meadow with a permanent tented pavilion for your filming needs. Just a 25 minute ferry ride or quick drive from Manhattan, we offer plenty of on-site parking, and a beautiful unique and sun-filled facility — perfect for your shoot! Our experienced and professional operations team makes filming at Staten Island Children’s Museum a pleasure for you.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-273-2060 x 150
Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the Staten Island Children’s Museum.
Part-Time Cafe Assistant
Seeking part-time Cafe Assistant with open availability on weekends 11am – 5pm. Reporting to the Visitor Services Manger, the individual will be responsible for providing a high level of customer service to the museum’s visitors. Responsibilities include: being knowledgeable of all food products, availability, location, serving customers in a professional manner, conducting all sales transactions, ensure that all health and safety procedures for food service are followed, and handling cafe goods and equipment in accordance with cafe procedures and practices with food preparation as required. Applicants should have a current food handler’s licence and familiarity with general operation of a cafe/food service establishment. $11/hr. Please put “Cafe Assistant” and your last name in subject line with a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. The museum is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer. SICM is a smoke and drug free workplace.
Part-Time Exhibits Fabricator
The Exhibits Fabricator works closely with staff towards the fabrication, installation and maintenance of all exhibitions. The primary focus of this position is on the daily care and upkeep of exhibit components. The person in this position will determine the problem and perform the necessary steps to ensure proper repairs and adjustments. The Exhibits Fabricator will also help the Exhibits Manager research, design and produce new exhibit components.
To apply please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part-Time Exhibit Technician
The Exhibit Technician works closely with staff towards the maintenance and upgrading of all exhibition computers and electronics. The person in this position will determine the problem and perform the necessary steps to ensure proper repairs and adjustments. The Exhibit Technician will also help the Exhibits Manager research, design and produce new exhibit computer and electronic components.
To apply please send your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Part-Time Museum Educators
Seeking part-time Educators: with open availability Tuesdays – Sundays 9am – 5pm. Educators work in various capacities delivering school programs at the Museum and in the schools, working with families in our exhibits, leading programs and classes for young children, hosting kids birthday parties and representing the Museum at local community outreach events. Applicants should have a degree or be in the process of pursuing a degree in education, science, visual arts, theater, or related fields or have at least one year of experience in a related field of work. Successful candidates are dependable, energetic, self-motivated, like working with children, possess excellent public speaking skills. Hours include weekdays, weekends, holidays and occasional early evenings. $12/hr. Please put “Museum Educator” and your last name in subject line with a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual Arts and Theater Teaching Artists
Seeking qualified and experienced Teaching Artists for the current school year. We are looking for flexible and creative individuals for In-school and After-school residencies with our partnership schools on Staten Island and in Brooklyn. Teaching Artists must have a passion for arts education, 2 or more years of experience teaching their art form(s) and knowledge of the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning. For more information, please see the Visual Arts and Theater Teaching Artists Job Announcement
Please submit your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Subject Line: Teaching Artist
No Phone Calls. Museum is an EOE.
The Museum accepts requests for donations to support local school fundraising efforts. If you are interested in our donation request program, you must send your request in writing on your school’s letterhead. Please include the name and date of the event, and your school’s tax identification number. The Museum will make every effort to accommodate requests with four-free passes to the Museum.
Please send requests to:
SI Children’s Museum
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island NY 10301
The Cultural After School Adventures 2017
We had the great honor of working with three local schools, thanks to the generous support of New York City Council Members Debi Rose and Steve Matteo. Please click on the links below to see pictures of the work we did together.