The Noble Maritime Collection is an amazing collection of ship models, paintings, sculptures, and other art created by distinguished marine artist John A. Noble, that were dedicated to sailing and maritime living. John Noble is defined on their website as “the maritime artist who chronicled the last chapter in the Age of Sail.” Tours are self-guided for the most part, and the museum contains several floors of exhibits. It was formerly a retirement home for sailors, known as Sailors Snug Harbor, and the building was lovingly restored in the late 1990s, and turned into a museum. It features galleries, classrooms, a printmaking studio, rehearsal and performance spaces, a library, a state-of-the-art archive, a gift shop, and offices.
From their website: “The mission of the Noble Maritime Collection is to preserve and interpret the art, writings, and historical maritime artifacts of the distinguished marine artist, John A. Noble (1913-83) and to continue his legacy of celebrating the people and traditions of the working waterfront of New York Harbor in its collections, exhibitions, and programs; to preserve and interpret the history of Sailors’ Snug Harbor; to preserve and celebrate Robbins Reef Lighthouse; and to operate a museum and maritime study center inspired by these themes.”
Visit their website to learn more and to plan your trip to the Noble Maritime Collection.