The Noble Maritime Collection is really two museums in one. Part of the museum is dedicated to showcasing the works and legacy of John A. Noble, who depicted the life and culture of New York waterfront workers in the twentieth century. The museum is also tasked with preserving the history of Sailor's Snug Harbor, a retirement home for former sailors and seamen. Between 1833 and the 1950s, the site was home to hundreds of residents with a unique neighborhood culture. Galleries in the museum explore both the history of the site and Nobles artwork.
What You Will See
John A. Noble was a prolific painter, draftsman, and lithographer who chose the maritime activity of New York Harbor as his subject of choice. From 1941 until his death in 1983 Noble worked out of a houseboat studio on the water, which is part of the museum and preserved for visitors. A vast collection of his lithographs is on display, supplemented by the works of other artists who depicted life and industry on the sea.
In nearby galleries, documents, photographs, and artifacts explore the unique history of the Sailor's Snug Harbor.
Why You Should Go
The lifestyle of New York City harbormen has almost completely disappeared from the cityscape. But for most of New York's history, the harbor was the driving industry of the age and supported the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers. This unique museum looks at that bygone culture through both a historical and an artistic lens and is perfectly paired with nearby cultural institutions housed on the Snug Harbor campus.