Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town
441 Clarke Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10306
Historic Richmond Town Description
Travel back through time at Historic Richmond Town, a living history museum and village in the heart of Staten Island that was originally populated by colonists in the 1690s. During December, visitors are surrounded by the sights and sounds of Christmases past -- decorations from colonial to Victorian times adorn the village from top to bottom, carolers fill the air with music, multiple Christmas trees sparkle, holiday-themed demonstrations abound, and special events both entertain and provide historical context for the traditions we hold dear today.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Visit the museum on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for Story Museum, where kids up to age 5 enjoy stories, crafts, music, dancing, and singing (kids $3/adults free -- reservations required).
School-Age Kids: Young kids will be mesmerized by the "Bringing Up Baby" exhibit, which teaches kids about the way childrearing has changed over time through displays of children's furniture.
- Candlelight tours. Learn about Christmas traditions through the ages on this guided tour of the village when it's illuminated primarily by candles and oil lamps. Tours are offered December 13 and 20; groups are limited to 20 participants for one-hour tours beginning at sunset and continuing through the evening. Best for kids 8 and up. Reservations must be made in advance: 718-351-1611 ext. 280.
- Doll and Teddy Bear Party. Visit the town on December 26, bring along your child's favorite doll or teddy bear (similar toys are acceptable, too), and participate in storytelling, music-making, and singing during this one-hour event that begins at 1:30. Advance reservations required: 718-351-1611 ext. 280.
- Always engaging. The historic town is open year-round, hosting special events, demonstrations, classes, and tours, including one focused on African-American history in the area.
Just the Facts
Hours: September through June: Wed.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. (guided tours at 2:30 on weekdays, and at 2 and 3:30 on weekends). July and August: Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. (costumed docents throughout recreate trades and activities of the times).
Fees: Under $10
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours