It may be smaller in population than other New York City boroughs, but it doesn’t mean Staten Island doesn’t have plenty to offer the cultural and art-minded. World-renowned artists have their works in galleries for viewing, alongside local artists. Thanks to the Council on Arts and Humanities Curious Project on the island, tourists and New York natives can see a different month-long exhibit. Depending on theme, the monthly exhibits change. Open 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, this is a good weekend activity on a sunny or rainy day. Weekday exhibits may vary.

There are many other cultural and art events to take advantage of in this borough that is cut off from the New York subway system. If you like history, visiting the Alice Austen house is one way to combine two loves, history and photographic exhibits. Did you know Alice Austen was one of the most prolific female photographers of her time? She took more than 8,000 photos during her lifetime. Some of her photos are on display at the 1680s farmhouse that Austen moved to in the 1860s and lived until 1945.

Fine Artwork on Display

If you would rather see many artists work, the Staten Island Museum has photographs and artwork from artists whose work dates back to 1905. Exhibits are frequently held at the museum. There are also a number of independent art galleries in the area, including: Art on the Bay, Galerie St. George, Gallery 60 on the Bay, Deep Tanks, and the Cape House Gallery.

Enjoy fine music, Too

Staten Island has a thriving fine arts community and tourists and residents can treat themselves to choral pieces, commissioned musical pieces, traditional and marching band-style of music, classical music and an ensemble which also includes commentary on the music being heard.

Groups (the Musical Chairs Ensemble) may provide five to 10 concerts a year and features classical and commissioned pieces. The Richmond Choral Society performs numerous times a year. In its 10th year, the Richmond County Orchestra features solos and performances by world-class musicians. The concerts are also free, so tourists and residents can take advantage of these concerts without lightening their pocketbook much. There are several other groups that offer concerts and if you would like more information, please click here.

Go to the Theater

If you like watching plays and musicals, Staten Island has plenty of opportunity to see several shows. There may be a Shakespearean Theater Company on Staten Island, but it doesn’t mean this is all you will see on the stage. It is also an opportunity to watch modern theater performances, contemporary dramas and classic pieces. If you like to original works, both the Sundog Theatre and the Harbor Lights Theater Company are excellent and provide these opportunities. If you are in the mood for more contemporary works and classic dramas, the Seaview’s Playwrights Theatre offers both. It also is comprised of a community based company.

Supporting Staten Island’s arts is one way to keep theater companies in business and some companies offer low-cost or free performances. However, not every company will offer lower cost or free showings. To see all the theater companies in Staten Island and gather information on how to order tickets, please visit or click here.