New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden

The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden adds new dimension to our understanding of life in ancient China and serves as the perfect setting for a host of multi-cultural events. It features magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks and other scholars. Visitors can explore eight pavilions, a bamboo forest path, waterfalls, a Koi-filled pond, Chinese calligraphy, and a variety of Ghongshi scholar’s rocks including a 15-foot formation that towers over the central courtyard.

The Garden is a compilation of different gardens in China. It is based on Ming Dynasty Gardens (1368-1644). The New York Chinese Scholar’s garden is the one of two authentic scholar’s gardens in the United States. A team of 40 Chinese artists and craftsmen spent a year in China creating the Garden’s components and another six months in Staten Island as craftsmen-in-residence at Snug Harbor to complete the construction.

Snug Harbor partnered with the City of New York, the Landscape Architecture Company of China, the Metropolitan Chinese American Community and hundreds of volunteers to build the Garden, which opened in 1999.


The NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden is closed from Fri, 3/23/18 – Sun, 3/25/18 due to dangerous conditions caused by snow.

2017 – 2018 HOURS

AUTUMN: November 6 – November 27, 2017
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM | Closed November 23 & 24

WINTER: November 27, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Friday – Sunday, 10 AM – 4 PM  | Closed December 24 & 25

SPRING: March 12 – April 2, 2018
Friday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM | Closed April 1

SUMMER: April 3 – November 4, 2018
Tuesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM

Enter from Cottage Row.  Last admission into the garden is 30 mins before that day’s closure.


$5 Adults, $4 Seniors/Students and free for kids 5 and under.

To book a class trip or group tour, visit Snug Harbor Education for details.