New Jersey Museums and Culture

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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.
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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.
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Battleship New Jersey, Camden County
  62 Battleship Place - Camden, NJ              
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Ocean County Historical Society Museum, Ocean County
  26 Hadley Ave - Toms River, NJ              
The Ocean County Historical Society Museum and Research Center was built in several stages, beginning in 1820. The final phase of construction was the Research Center, completed in 1990. The museum is dedicated to the mission of the Society founders: Telling The Stories of Ocean County.
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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.
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Old Barracks Museum, Mercer County
  101 Barrack Street - Trenton, NJ              
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Old Barracks serves as an educational center for Colonial and American history, and stands as the last remaining structure of its kind. The Old Barracks staff provides daily tours and interpretations of American colonial life. The building offers a museum of artifacts and weapons, as well as a gift shop.
Nearly 20,000 school children and thousands more people from all over the world visit the Old Barracks every year, making it one of the most visited sites in New Jersey and one of the most important historic sites in the United States.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Proprietary House, Middlesex County
  149 Kearny Avenue - Perth Amboy, NJ              
Located in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the Proprietary House was commissioned by the Proprietors of East Jersey to be the official residence of the Royal Governor William Franklin. The Proprietary House Association is committed to the restoration, maintainance, and raising awareness for this historical building and supporting it's historical pride
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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.
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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.
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Morven Museum & Garden, Mercer County
  55 Stockton Street - Princeton, NJ              
The mission of Historic Morven, Inc. is to “preserve and operate the National Historic Landmark known as Morven as a museum and public garden showcasing the cultural heritage of New Jersey.” Morven’s historic garden includes a formal, grand lawn dotted with majestic trees, beds of heirloom annuals from the 18th and 19th centuries, and a re-creation of the Colonial Revival style garden that was planted at Morven in the early 20th century. Spring bulbs appear in April, followed by peonies and iris in May. The phlox burst forth in June and continue through August, concluding with a late summer display of dahlias and other annual flowers.
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Liberty Science Center, Union County
  Liberty State Park - 251 Phillip Street - Jersey City, NJ              
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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.
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Aviation Museum, Cape May County
  500 Forrestal Rd. - Cape May Airport, NJ              
Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to restore Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport, Cape May County, New Jersey, into an aircraft museum honoring the Navy airmen who died while training during World War II.
NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum now boasts over 26 aircraft displays as well as exhibits of military memorabilia, engines, photographs and more. Additionally, the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia has provided NAS Wildwood with a wealth of interactive exhibits that allow visitors to discover the science of flight. The museum also features a library, food vending area as well as a recently expanded gift shop.
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Metz Bicycle Museum, Monmouth County
  54 W Main St # 2 - Freehold, NJ              
A step into the Metz Bicycle Museum in Freehold is truly a stroll through history. The Museum houses one of the world's finest collections of antique bicycles, dating from the 1850's to the 1950's. Hundreds of bicycles are artfully displayed. Boneshakers, highwheelers, quadricycles, tricycles, ordinaries, safeties, children's bikes, trick bikes, and many more unusual and one-of-a kind cycles make up this fascinating collection.
The Metz Bicycle Museum houses much more than bicycles. The sign over the entrance to the museum reads "Treasures of Years Gone By," and treasures you will see! On display at the Metz Museum are extensive collections of children's riding toys, kitchen and household gadgets, antique mousetraps, cast iron bottle cap openers, pencil sharpeners, antique cars, and lots more. Bicycle accessories, such as horns, seats, oil lanterns, bicycle tools and posters complete the display.
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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!
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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.
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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.