Public Programs

Sea Shanty Sessions

Co-sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc., Sea Shanty Sessions continue monthly at the museum.  The sessions are dedicated to the memory of William Main Doerflinger (1909-2000), the noted music scholar who lived near Sailors' Snug Harbor and visited often to collect shanties and traditional sailor’s songs from the residents.  You can join in or just listen to the rollicking music that almost fills the building.  Free, donations appreciated.

Every third Sunday, 2 to 5 PM



CloseKnit is expanding its horizon. Originally dedicated to providing hats and scarves to mariners, members are also making things like baby blankets for a hospital pediatric unit and hats, scarves, and mittens for needy children. The museum provides the wool—and CloseKnitters are happy to teach knitting and crocheting, at which they excel.  
Free, donations appreciated.

Every first Thursday, 2 to 4 PM

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Memoir Writing Workshop

During the month of June at the museum, write and educator Robin Lampman will teach you how to write and publish a memoir using your personal letters, journals, diaries, photos, and memorabilia. Over the course of this four-session, fun and informative workshop, you will learn how to select an narrow your topic, how to organize your materials, how to write your narrative, and how to self-publish your book.

Wednesdays, June 5 to June 26, 2019, 6 to 8 PM
Four-week session $100; museum members $90

Email Program Director Dawn Daniels and, or call (718) 447-6490 for more information or to reserve your place in the class.


The Noble Maritime Collection's public programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and Councilwoman Debi Rose, and Investors Bank Foundation.