New Jersey Museums and Culture

    1719 William Trent House Museum, Mercer County
  15 Market St. - Trenton, NJ           
William Trent House, built between 1716 - 1719, is a National Historic Landmark and was the country seat of William Trent, a Philadelphia merchant and his family. It is the oldest building in New Jersey's capital city and once home to the man for whom the city is named.
When you visit the William Trent House, you are literally stepping back in time. You will gain amazing insight into the many layers of colonial life during the early 18th century.
    Red Mill Museum, Hunterdon County
  56 Main Street - Clinton, NJ           
The Red Mill Museum Village is the setting for over 200 years of history. Within the walls of a dozen buildings, contained in the wood and cloth of 40,000 objects are the stories of the growth of a community. The museum offers changing exhibits, lectures, concerts and special events that provide visitors with an ongoing conversation with the past. The museum welcomes visitors during its open season, April to October, Tuesday through Sunday.
    Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial, Camden County
  62 Battleship Place - Camden, NJ            
America's most decorated Battleship is now the area's most exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded.
From the moment you step across the ship’s brow you will understand that this is a museum where visitors take an active role. From strolling across forecastle to climbing the original ladders up to the bridge, and beyond, each step in your journey brings you closer to understanding what life was like for a sailor on the Battleship New Jersey.
    New Jersey State Museum, Mercer County
  205 West State Street - Trenton, NJ            
In 1895, the New Jersey State Legislature formally established the New Jersey State Museum in the capital city of Trenton with a mission to collect and exhibit specimens in natural history, archaeology, and industrial history. The State Museum was initially accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1974. Since 1983 it has been a division of the New Jersey Department of State.
    Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, Atlantic County
  New York Ave and The Boardwalk - Atlantic City, NJ             
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Housed in a bizarre building that looks as if it's about to be destroyed by a wrecking ball, this eclectic museum has amongst its oddball treasures a lock of George Washinton's hair, a 27-room miniature carved wood castle and a host of the most amazing artifacts ever housed under one roof!
    Garden State Discovery Museum, Camden County
  2040 Springdale Museum - Cherry Hill, NJ           
Sure you’ve seen museums, but have you seen one like this? Every exhibit is an invitation to touch, explore and create. With 15 large interactive areas… including Bubble Trouble, the Silver Diner, Down the Shore and Action Newsroom, the Garden State Discovery Museum has lots of room for groups to spend an adventure-filled day together. Visit today and discover why it's recognized as one of the top 20 children’s museums in the country!
    Shippen Manor Museum, Warren County
  8 Belvidere Avenue - Oxford, NJ           
Shippen Manor Museum and it programs are sponsored by the Warren County Board of Chosen Freeholders, The Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, The New Jersey Historical Commission and The New Jersey Historic Trust. There is no admission fee.
    Northlandz, Hunterdon County
  495 U.S. 202 - Flemington, NJ           
Northlandz is a 16 acre world class attraction developed by Bruce and his wife Jean. Included in this complex is a doll museum, La Peep Doll House, a 2,000 pipe theater pipe organ (which Bruce plays) and art galleries throughout. The building is reflective of the couples lifelong commitment to art, expression, and creativity.
    Newark Museum, Essex County
  49 Washington Street - Newark, NJ           
The Museum complex, the largest in New Jersey, weaves together 80 galleries of art and science, a mini zoo, planetarium, gift shops, cafe, auditorium, sculpture garden, schoolhouse and the Ballantine House, the restored 1885 mansion that is a National Historic Landmark.
    The New Jersey Historical Society, Essex County
  52 Park Place - Newark, NJ           
The New Jersey Historical Society is a state-wide, private, non profit historical museum, library, and archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the rich and intricate political, social, cultural and economic history of New Jersey to the broadest possible audiences. Founded in 1845, it is the oldest cultural institution in the state. Through exhibitions, publications, and programming, it examine what it means to live and work in New Jersey, what contributes to New Jersey's distinct identity, and the unique contributions New Jerseyans make to the region and the country.
    Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May County
  720 Rt. 9 South - Cape May, NJ           
Historic Cold Spring Village is an Early American open-air living history museum. The Village brings to life the day-to-day activities of villagers living in South Jersey during the “age of homespun.” (1790-1840). Visitors can make a personal connection between the past and present through the interactive, educational, and hands-on family activities. Take a stroll along our 22 acres of shaded lanes, enjoy the gardens and observe the farm where heritage crops are grown; visit twenty-six restored antique buildings housing historically-clothed interpreters, who educate and entertain visitors about the lifestyles, issues, trades and crafts of yesteryear. Children enjoy playing at the activity area where they take part in a variety of projects such as trying on costumes, participating in hands-on crafts and playing games.
    Cranbury Museum, Middlesex County
  4 Park Place East - Cranbury, NJ           
The Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society was organized in 1967 and incorporated on November 17, 1970. It is governed by an Executive Board, composed of officers, trustees and committee chairpersons.
Its museum was originally built in 1834 by Dr. Garret P. Voorhees, with additional rooms added added from 1850 to 1862 by the Isaac Snedeker Family. The Historical Society acquired the house in May, 1972 and volunteers transformed it in six months from a simple house into a museum.
The many original architectural elements, (including window sashes with early glass, wide pine floor boards, original paint), its collections of 18th and 19th century furnishings, Indian artifacts, and local memorabilia, radiate a sense of Cranbury past. Follow on Twitter: @cranburyhistory
    New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, Monmouth County
   - Holmdel, NJ           
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation is looking for all Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans in New Jersey for its Veterans Recognition Project. The Foundation has created an honor role of all those who served, and we want you to be a part of this project.
    Greater Cape May Historical Society, Cape May County
  653 ½ Washington Street - Cape May, NJ           
The mission of the Greater Cape May Historical Society is to collect, preserve, document , interpret and share the history of the greater Cape May area. The headquarters of this 26year old organization is the Colonial House Museum c 1775, located behind Alexander’s Restaurant and next to Cape May City Hall at 653 ½ Washington St, Cape May. This museum was originally a tavern and the family house of Revolutionary War Patriot Memucan Hughes. The front room features an annually changing exhibit. Other rooms open to the public in this unsung survivor from Cape Island’s very beginning depict a colonial era cooking/eating room and bedroom.
    Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey, Ocean County
  141 Highway 539 - Beachwood, NJ           
Plans for this future museum include programs to enrich the lives of students of all grade levels. The automobile is an extraordinarily rich object, embracing science, mathematics, history, foreign languages, aesthetics, and civil and social issues. Students, scouts, community groups, and special audiences will benefit from educational programs. Hands on exhibits will be developed for all age groups.
For the adult population there will be lecture series, such as some on the history of the automobile, car collecting, racing, and the impact of the automobile in New Jersey, the country, and our society. Also, the museum will sponsor workshops that will provide fundamental knowledge about the parts of a car, how it works, and basic maintenance techniques.
    Insectropolis Bug Museum, Ocean County
  1761 Route 9 - Toms River, NJ           
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures.
    The New Jersey Naval Museum, Bergen County
  78 River Street - Hackensack, NJ           
The New Jersey Naval Museum is located at 78 River Street, Hackensack, New Jersey. The entrance to the parking lot is next to the Heritage Restaurant. The museum is operated by The Submarine Memorial Association, a not-for-profit corporation.
    Liberty Science Center, Hudson County
  251 Phillip Street - Liberty State Park - Jersey City, NJ            
Liberty Science Center is the most visited museum in New Jersey and one of the most intensively used in the country. Since opening in 1993, we have introduced nearly nine million people to the wonder and awe of hands-on science discovery. Our distinctive experiences engage, educate and inspire and we support economic growth in the region by connecting with businesses, working with planning authorities, and helping to prepare the workforce that industry needs
    Nova Jersey Children's Museum, Bergen County
  599 Valley Health Plaza - Paramus, NJ           
A great place to celebrate your child's birthday party! Toddlers and preschoolers love the interactive, hands-on exhibits, including a real fire truck, a real helicopter, cool fossil/dinosaur cave, play ballet studio, kids' medieval castle, and much, much more. Ask about special party activities, special birthday favors, and fun birthday party themes!
    Lambert Castle Museum, Passaic County
  3 Valley Road - Paterson, NJ           
The Lambert Castle Museum is open most afternoons. The Castle grounds, the Garret Mountain Reservation and Rifle Camp Park are open Everyday from dawn to dusk!
    Whippany Railway Museum, Morris County
  1 Railroad Plaza Route 10 West & Whippany Road  - Whippany, NJ            
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At the Whippany Railway Museum, you can enjoy an operating O-gauge model railroad layout, railroad artifacts, a gift shop, and outdoor railroad equipment. The Museum is open once a week on Sundays ONLY, from April through October, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Admission is $0.50 for children and $1.00 for adults.
    Jewish Heritage Museum, Monmouth County
  310 Mounts Corner Drive - Freehold, NJ           
Dedicated to celebrating, preserving, exploring, and illustrating the rich and unique history of the Jewish residents of Monmouth County.
Located in the early 19th century Levi Solomon Barn.
    New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, Middlesex County
  103 College Farm Road - North Brunswick, NJ            
The New Jersey Museum of Agriculture's mission is to tell the story of the Garden State's agriculture - past, present, and future. Centrally located off U.S. 1 and College Farm Road in North Brunswick, the Museum contains permanent and changing exhibits about the evolution of agriculture in New Jersey. The 30,000 square foot facility is active throughout the year with programming that showcases the people, products, and ingenuity that established, and will continue to position, New Jersey as a leader in agriculture. Established as an independent, not-for-profit educational organization in 1984, the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture opened to the public in 1990.
    Air Victory Museum, Burlington County
  68 Stacy Haines Road - Lumberton, NJ           
The Air Victory Museum is an educational organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through the technology and achievements in aviation history.
The Air Victory Museum is a 501(c)-3 Non-Profit Educational Museum dedicated to preserving the history, science and technology of flight. From 1903 to the present day, aviation has seen so many new advancements and overcame many barriers to be the force that it is today. From airliners that many of us take for granted each day to front line cutting edge combat aircraft making the world a safer place, aviation has touched all of our lives whether we realize it or not.
    Noyes Museum of Art, Atlantic County
  733 Lily Lake Road - Oceanville, NJ           
Building upon the vision of founders Fred W. and Ethel Noyes, it is the mission of The Noyes Museum of Art to provide enriching exhibitions, educational programs and care for the collection for all its beneficiaries. The Museum fulfills this mission by providing exceptional arts education activities and through the collecting, preserving and exhibiting of fine art, crafts and folk art with an emphasis on New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic Region.
    Liberty Hall Museum, Union County
   - Union, NJ           
National historic site, home of New Jersey's first governor, William Livingston and continuous family home 1772-1995. 23-acres of grounds and large Italiante mansion, completely furnished. Special programs, afternoon teas.
    Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Sussex County
  30 Plant Street - Ogdensburg, NJ            
The industrial complex that was once the Sterling Hill zinc mine is now open to the public as the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. Come and see underground mine tours, fantastic displays of "glow-in-the-dark" fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls packed with things you've probably never seen before!
    Liberty Science Center, Union County
  Liberty State Park - 251 Phillip Street - Jersey City, NJ            
    Burlington County Prison Museum, Burlington County
  128 High Street - Hight Street & Grant Street - Mount Holly, NJ           
A National Historic Landmark located in the heart of historic Mount Holly, New Jersey.
    Hoboken Historical Museum & Cultural Center, Hudson County
  1301 Hudson St. - Hoboken, NJ           
The Museum's mission is to educate the public about Hoboken's history, diverse culture, architecture and historic landmark. It offers special exhibits, tours, events and lectures, as well as educational programs for adults and children on a weekly basis. An updated schedule of events and an online catalog of many items in its collections are available on the site. The Museum is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt entity.