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The early history of the former retirement home for mariners, Sailors' Snug Harbor, is depicted in The Writing Room through photographs, etchings, paintings, and furnishings. Unusual ship models are displayed. Part of the gallery recreates a writing room, a likely function of this gallery space at the end of the 19th century.
Be sure to look up to see the restored ceiling mural based on Oriental botanical images. Many of the sailors would have seen similar designs in their travels to ports in the Orient.