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Daily Life at Sailors’ Snug Harbor is an exhibition that focuses on the life of an average mariner, or “Snug” as Sailors’ Snug Harbor residents were called, from the time of his admission to the retirement home until his death. Exploration of health care, dormitory life, work activities, and recreation at the home will illustrate how the site, which encompassed five dormitories, two hospitals, a cathedral and chapel, a dock house and bathhouse on the Kill van Kull, and a farm, as well as its own morgue and cemetery, provided exceptional, free, and democratic eleemosynary care for 150 years.

Funding for the exhibition was provided, in part, by the Trustees and members of the Noble Maritime Collection, the Achelis Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.