Founded in 1881, the Institute is one of the oldest cultural organizations in the city, and the most important repository of historical and cultural artifacts on Staten Island.
The Institute possesses a huge collection of insect and beetle specimens (500,000 insects and 300,000 beetles), as well as an impressive selection of geological and archaeological objects. The art collection focuses primarily on the talents of such Staten Island artists as Jasper Cropsey, Guy Pene du Bois and Cecil Bell, but it also has works by international masters like Chagall, Reginal March and Robert Henri. There is a full calendar of lectures, educational programs for children and adults and tours and buffets.
Volunteers assist teachers with children's classes, research in the library and archives and help with clerical and administrative work. An interview is required.