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, 2-5 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, 2-4 PM

Cooking the Books

Writer and educator Robin Lampman will again teach a six-week course on the reading and writing of food literature. As Alice B. Toklas said in her now famous cookbook, we will engage in "the passionate reading of elaborate recipes in very large cookbooks."  The objective of the class is to compile a collection of essays and poems about food, including recipes and the delicious stories behind them.

Wednesdays, October 4 to November 8, 2017,
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Six-week session $125; museum members $90

To register call (718) 447-6490 or email Dawn Daniels at




The Noble Maritime Collection's public programs are funded, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.