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Historical Museum Guide for New Jersey

A directory of Historical Museums in New Jersey, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to New Jersey?  A visit to these New Jersey history museums and historical societies will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your New Jersey ancestors and the way they lived.  Where available, we have added some links to virtual tours, old photographs, histories and museum exhibits, allowing you to "visit" without leaving the comfort of home.

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New Jersey History Museums

Atlantic County Museums

Absecon Light House


New Jersey's tallest lighthouse was first lit in 1857 and today is open to the public where visitors may climb to the top and view the Atlantic skyline.  The site includes a replica of the Light keeper's house, a museum and gift shop.  Located at Pacific & Rhode Island Avenues in Atlantic City, NJ.

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey

Featuring the collection of Ralph E. Hunter, Sr., the museum provides exhibits of items related to the history and culture of the African American people of Southern New Jersey while providing a gallery for local African American artists.  Located at 661 Jackson Road in Newtonville, NJ.

Atlantic County Historical Society Library & Museum

Devoted to the history of Atlantic County, the museum has an extensive collection of household items, decorative arts, maritime exhibits and other historical artifacts related to the history of Atlantic County.  The library holds historical documents, photos, maps and family Bibles to help the researcher.  Located at 907 Shore Road in Somers Point, NJ.

Atlantic City Historical Museum

[Online Exhibits and Photos]

Located on historical Garden Pier which was opened in 1913, the museum preserves and displays the history of the seaside resort town of Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Batsto Village Historic Site and Museum

[History]  [Batsto Mansion]

Begin your tour at the Batsto Village Visitors Center,  where you can get a brochure, information and tickets for the Batsto Mansion tour.  The museum is located inside the visitors center.  There is a Library and Archives for researchers but it is by appointment only.  Historic structures at the site include the iron furnace, gristmill, sawmill, glass works, cottages, ice house and others.  Located in Wharton State Forest at 4110 Nesco Road, Hammonton, NJ.

Brigantine History Museum

Operated by the Brigantine Historical Society, the museum is focused on the past heritage of Brigantine through exhibits of artifacts and photographs of days gone by.  Located at 3607 Brigantine Boulevard, NJ.

James Kirk Maritime Museum

The museum features maritime history, tools and ship models by local artisan Tom Adams.  Located inside the Linwood Library at 301 Davis Avenue in Linwood, NJ.

Leedsville Schoolhouse

The museum features historical household items and artifacts from the past.  Located at 16 Poplar Avenue in Linwood, NJ.

Longport Historical Society and Museum

Focus is on the history of Longport.  Located at 2301 Atlantic Avenue in Longport, NJ.

Northfield Museum and Casto House

The historic house features historical artifacts and antique items related to the history of Northfield, formerly known as Bakersville.  Located in Birch Grove Park in Northfield, NJ.

Risley Homestead

The 1790 2 room farmhouse is located at 8 Virginia Avenue in Northfield, NJ.

Roundhouse Museum

The museum features displays of memorabilia and historical items related to the heritage of Egg Harbor City along with a collection of genealogical research materials.  Located at 533 London Avenue in Egg Harbor City, NJ.

Somers Point Historical Museum

Housed inside the 1886 Baptist Church, the museum is focused on the collection and preservation of historical pictures and records of Somers Point.  Located at 745 Shore Road in Somers Point, NJ.

The Township of Hamilton Historical Society Museum

Located at 49 Mill Street in Mays Landing, NJ.


Bergen County Museums

African Art Museum

Society of African Missions (SMA)

The museum is devoted to the arts of Africa including sub-Saharan sculpture and painting, costumes, religion and folklore.  Located at 23 Bliss Avenue in Tenafly, NJ.

The Aviation Hall of fame of New Jersey

Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's aviation and space heritage, the museum features 2 centuries of history.  Visitors will find exhibits of historic aircraft, air and space artifacts, photos, fine art and a hall of fame devoted to the men and women who have had outstanding aeronautical achievements.  Located at 400 Fred Wehran Drive in Teterboro, NJ.

Campbell - Christie House

The Campbell - Christie House was originally constructed in Milford, NJ ca 1774 by Jacob Campbell.  Moved to River Edge in 1977, it is owned by the Bergen County Historical Society and is open for special events.

Fort Lee Historic Park

The 33-acre cliff top park overlooks a reconstructed Revolutionary War encampment.  A Visitors Center features exhibits, a gift shop and an auditorium showing history films about the fort.  Enter Fort Lee Historic Park on Hudson Terrace immediately south of the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ.

Fort Lee Museum

Housed inside the 1922 Judge Moore House, the museum is operated by the Fort Lee Historical Society.  Located at 1588 Palisade Avenue Avenue in Fort Lee, NJ.

Garretson Forge and Farm

[History]  [Family History]

The ca 1719 Dutch Colonial homestead is today, a living history museum which demonstrates what simple farming life was like in the 1700s and 1800s.  Located at 4-02 River Road in Fair Lawn, NJ.

The Hermitage Museum


The Hermitage is a National Historic Historic Landmark and house museum.  The stone house was visited by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War.  Guided tours of the Hermitage are featured.  Exhibits of regional history are housed in the musuem.  Located at 335 North Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ.

Hopper-Goetschius House Museum

Built in 1739, this pre-Revolutionary Dutch house was built by the Hopper family and it is the oldest house still standing in Upper Saddle River.  The house was built on a large acreage of farm land which was farmed by the Hopper family for many years.  In 1814, the house became the property of Rev. Stephen Goetschius of the Old Stone Church and remained in the Goetschius family for over 1 1/2 centuries.  In 1985 the house was given to the Borough of Upper Saddle River.  Today the house is operated by the Upper River Historical Society as a museum and is located among several other historical buildings in the same area.  Located at the corner of Lake Street and East Saddle River Road in Upper Saddle River, NJ.

The Kearney House

The Blackledge-Kearney House is a historic house that is also known as Cornwallis Headquarters.  Open seasonally for tours.  Located in Palisades Interstate Park at the north end of the Alpine Picnic Area in Alpine, NJ.

The Little Red Schoolhouse

The 1893 schoolhouse has been restored and is being operated as a museum by the Lyndhurst Historical Society.  Located at 400 River Road in Lyndhurst, NJ.

Mahwah Museum

The Mahwah Museum is focused on the preservation, interpretation and display of the history of the Mahwah community.  Operated by the Mahwah Museum Society, the museum holds artifacts, photos, historical documents and records related to the history of Mahwah, New Jersey.  Exhibits include the Les Paul exhibit, Civil War battles in NJ, the Lee Vold Gallery, a model locomotive and an archives of Mahwah history.  The Mahwah Museum and Cooper Railroad are located on the SW corner of Miller Road and Franklin Turnpike in Mahwah, New Jersey.

Maywood Station Museum


The historic Maywood Train Station has been restored and houses a collection of railroad memorabilia and local history items.  Located at 269 Maywood Avenue in Maywood, NJ.

The Meadowlands Museum

Housed inside an early 19th century farmhouse, the museum features exhibits of historical items related to the past of the Meadowlands area.  Located at 91 Crane Avenue in Rutherford, NJ.

New Bridge Landing

The American Revolutionary War Battleground site is operated by the Bergen County Historical Society.  Structures located on the historic site include the Steuben House, the Campbell-Cristie House, the Demarest House Museum, the 1899 swing bridge and a barn.  Historical artifacts and items related to the history of Bergen County are on display.  Located at 1205 Main Street in River Edge, NJ.

The New Jersey Naval Museum

Temporarily closed for repairs.  The museum is home to the USS Ling, a WWII submarine.  Located at 78 River Street in Hackensack, NJ.

The Pascack Historical Society Museum

The museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the history of life in the Pascack Valley from the Lenape Indian days to the present.  Located at 19 Ridge Avenue in Park Ridge, NJ.

Schoolhouse Museum

Housed inside the 1872 building which served as one of the first public schools in Ridgewood, NJ, the museum is operated by the Ridgewood Historical Society and is focused on the preservation of the old Schoolhouse building along with the collection, interpretation and exhibition of artifacts related to the history and culture of the Ridgewood area and the people who lived there.  Many of these artifacts were donated by pioneer families of the area and some date back to the Revolutionary War era.  Across from the Schoolhouse Museum is the old Paramus Reformed Church and the Valleau Cemetery.  Located at 650 E. Glen Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey. 

Westwood Museum

The Westwood Museum is housed inside the Westwood Train Station.  Featuring exhibits of historical artifacts and items related to the history of Westwood, the museum is located at Broadway & Westwood Avenue in Westwood, NJ.

Wortendyke Barn Museum

The Dutch barn was built ca 1770.  The barn has been restored and is being operated as a museum.  Exhibits include antique farming implements and tools, agricultural history and the history of the Wortendyke family farm.  Located at 13 Pascack Road in Park Ridge, NJ.


Burlington County Museums

Air Victory Museum

The museum features exhibits of vintage aircraft and engines, a memorial library, a uniform area and an aviation gallery.  Located at 68 Stacy Haines Road in Lumberton, NJ.

American Indian Heritage Museum

Featuring the history of the Powhatan Renape Nation, the museum provides exhibits of American Indian artwork and American Indian history, culture and traditions.  Historical artifacts include tools, musical instruments, clothing, weapons and decorative arts.  Large dioramas depict village life of many tribes.  Located on the Rancocas Indian Reservation on Rancocas Road.

Army Reserve Mobilization Museum

The museum is also known as the Fort Dix Military Museum and educates visitors about the history of the U.S. Army Reserve.  Located on the Fort Dix side of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst at 6501 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Burlington County Historical Society Museum Complex

The museum complex features 3 historic houses including the Bard-How House, the James Fenimore Cooper House and the Captain James Lawrence House.  The Aline Wolcott Museum features exhibits of local history.  Located at 457 High Street in Burlington City, NJ.

Burlington County Prison Museum

[History]  [Photos]

The Burlington County Prison was completed in 1811 and was used until 1965.  The outside of the prison has changed very little and the interior still has original cell doors and fixtures.  Located at the corner of High Street & Grant Street in Mt. Holly, NJ.

Historical Society of Moorestown

Housed inside the Smith-Cadbury Mansion, the museum is focused on the collection and preservation of the history of Moorestown Township.  Located at 12 High Street in Moorestown, NJ.

The Jack Allen Memorial Early Country Living Museum

The mission of the museum is to preserve and exhibit farm and early country living artifacts. Located on Landing Street in Southampton, NJ.

North Pemberton Railroad Station Museum and Rail Trail

The North Pemberton Railroad Station was built in 1892.  Today, the historic train station is operated as  a museum of regional history and Welcome Center for the Pinelands and Pemberton area of New Jersey.  Located at 3 Fort Dix Road in Pemberton, NJ.

The Old Schoolhouse

Considered to be the oldest schoolhouse in New Jersey on its original site, the one-room school was built in 1759 and used as a school for over 100 years.  Special docent guided school tours are provided so students can experience 18th century school life.  Open by appointment only.  Located at 35 Brainerd St. in Mount Holly, NJ.


The former home of Alice Stokes Paul (women's suffrage movement), offers guided tours where visitors will learn about the life of Alice Stokes Paul through photographs, documents and suffragist memorabilia.  Located at 128 Hooton Road in Mt. Laurel, NJ.

The Roebling Museum

[Explore the Collections]

Focus is on the history of the John A. Robeling's Sons Company steel mill and the village of Roebling.  Located at 100 Second Avenue in Roebling, NJ.

Peachfield Plantation

Peachfield Plantation was established in 1674 by John Skene.  The farmhouse was built by Quaker Henry Burr in 1725.  His descendants owned Peachfield Plantation until 1896.  The house was destroyed by fire in 1928 but was restored on its original foundation and walls between 1932 and 1945.  The home is operated and maintained by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of New Jersey and is open to the public by appointment.  Located at 180 Burrs Road in Westampton, NJ.


Camden County Museums

Barclay Farmstead Museum

The historical farmstead was built in 1816 by a Quaker farmer, Joseph Thorn.  Operated as a living history farm, visitors will get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the past in South Jersey.  Located at 209 Barclay Lane in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Battleship, New Jersey

Visitors are offered a complete tour of the Battleship USS New Jersey.  The Battleship is located at 100 Clinton Street in Camden, NJ.  The Parking Garage is located at 1-99 South Delaware Avenue in Camden, NJ.

The Camden County Museum & Research Library

Operated by the Camden County Historical Society, the museum features historical items, histories and documentation of the memories of Camden County.  Located at 1900 Park Boulevard in Camden, NJ.

Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum on Facebook

Features the local maritime history including boat and ship builders and the natural history of the Delaware River.  Located at 1910 S. Broadway in Camden, NJ.

Collings-Knight House


Built in 1824 by Edward Zane Collings, the house has remained in the Collings and Knight families until the middle of the 20th century.  Today, the house is filled with antique furnishings and open for tours.  Located at the corner of Knight Park at 500 Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ.

Greenfield Hall

Greenfield Hall was built in 1841 by John Gill IV.  The red brick Georgian mansion is today the home of the Historical Society of Haddonfield.  The house appears much as it did in 1841 and features several rooms with period furnishings.  Other rooms hold the society's collections of historic artifacts and items related to the history of the Haddonfield area of New Jersey.  A research library is also located at the site which is inside the Samuel Mickle House.  Located at 343 Kings Highway E. in Haddonfield, NJ.

Griffith Morgan House

Dating back to 1715, the Grifith Morgan house is the oldest stone house in Camden county.  The house has been restored to the look of the 1770s.  All three stories hold reproductions and authentic artifacts related to life along the Delaware during the 1700s.  The house is open for special events and features docents in period dress with historic demonstrations of Colonial skills.  Located at 243 Griffith Morgan Lane in Pennsauken Township, NJ.

Indian King Tavern Museum

[Inside the Tavern]  [The Tavern's mysterious cellar]  [Archaeology]

Built in 1750, Indian King Tavern is on of the most historic buildings in New Jersey and in fact is the very first State Historic Site in New Jersey, attaining that status in 1903.  The Indian King Tavern remained open until 1873 during the temperance movement.  Today, the tavern is operated as a museum where visitors are allowed to tour some of the refurbished tavern rooms.  Located at 233 Kings Highway East in Haddonfield, NJ.

Magnolia Historical Train Station Museum and Library

The historical train station is filled with the records and files of the Historical Society including photographs, historical documents, maps, business records and other materials available for research.  Rotating exhibits of artifacts and objects of the past are exhibited.  Located at 215 West Atlantic Avenue in Magnolia, NJ.

The Peter Mott House

The Peter Mott House is the oldest known house in Lawnside.  Built in 1845, the house was home to Peter Mott, an African American preacher and a stop on the Underground Railroad.  The house has been preserved by the Lawnside Historical Society and is operated as a museum.  Located at 26 Kings Court in Lawnside, NJ.

The Walt Whitman House

Built in 1848, the Greek-Revival style house was home to Walt Whitman, "the Good Gray Poet".  Today, the house has been restored and visitors from around the world come to visit the last home of the great poet, Walt Whitman.


Cape May County Museums

Cape May County Historical Museum

[Cape May County History & Early Settlers]

[Genealogy Library]

Housed inside the historic Holmes house built ca 1830, the museum includes exhibits of furnishings, costumes, tools, art, and household items dating from the 17th to 20th centuries.  A military room, doctor's room, maritime exhibits and the vintage barn which contains antique carriages, coaches and wagons round out the collections.  There is a genealogy library located in an annex of the John Holmes House.  Located at 504 Route 9 North in Cape May, NJ.

Cape May Lighthouse

Experience a trip to the top of a lighthouse.  The site also features a Visitors Center and Museum Shop at the base of the lighthouse.  Located at 215 Lighthouse Avenue in Cape May Point State Park.

Cape May Maritime Museum

This museum in the planning stages is focused on the maritime history of Cape May, New Jersey.  Plans for the reconstruction of the 1876 Life Saving Station at the Old Steamboat Landing Site are underway.  Contact the museum if you have questions or would like to help.

The Colonial House

The Colonial House was originally a tavern and family house of the Revolutionary War Patriot Memucan Hughes.  Built ca 1775, today it is operated by the Greater Cape May Historical Society as The Colonial House Museum.  Located at 653 1/2 Washington Street in Cape May, NJ.

Dennis Township Museum and History Center

Housed in an old 1874 Dennisville school house, the museum is focused on depicting the life and history of the local area surrounding Dennisville.  Located at 681 Petersburg Road in Dennisville, NJ.

Emlen Physick Estate

[Photo Gallery]

Completed in 1879 and home to Emlen Physick, this is Cape May's only Victorian house museum, attributed to renowned architect Frank Furness.  Guided tours are offered and visitors may purchase a combination trolley / Physick Estate Tours.  Located at 1048 Washington Street.

George F. Boyer Historical Museum

Operated by the Wildwood Historical Society, the museum is focused on the local history of Wildwood  Located at 3907 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood, NJ.

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Web Site

The Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is still a working lighthouse as well as a museum.  Open to the public for guided and self guided tours, visitors will learn about the history of Hereford and learn about the life of a lighthouse keeper in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Located in the Village of Anglesea at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood, NJ.

Historic Cold Spring Village

Visitors will step back in time to the Early American village of Cold Springs.  A living history museum featuring 22 acres of shady lanes, gardens and a farm where historical plants and crops are grown make a leisurely setting.  There are 26 restored historic buildings on the grounds and docent tour guides will educate and entertain visitors with tales, lifestyles and crafts of yesteryear.  Located at 720 Route 9 South in Cape May, NJ.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

The museum is housed inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport.  A collection of vintage aircraft, engines and other exhibits related to aviation history are on display.  Located at 500 Forrestal Road in Cape May Airport, NJ.

Ocean City Historical Museum

The focus is on the history of Ocean City.  Featuring historical heirlooms and memorabilia of Ocean City, visitors will learn about early life in Ocean City, explore a shipwreck filled with treasures from the Far East and learn of the famous boardwalk, sandy beaches, marshes and wildlife.  Located at 1735 Simpson Avenue in the Cultural Arts Center in Ocean City, NJ.

The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage

The museum celebrates the history of the Russian Jewish settlers who came to Woodbine and developed the area as an agricultural colony.  Located at 610 Washington Avenue in Woodbine, NJ.

Sea Isle City Historical Museum

The museum features historical artifacts and items related to the history of Sea Isle City.  Located at 4800 Central Avenue in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Stone Harbor Museum

The museum is focused in the history of Stone Harbor and features exhibits of over 50,000 historic artifacts and items related that to that heritage.  Located at 235 93rd Street in Stone Harbor, NJ.

WWII Lookout Tower Museum & Memorial

Now open to the public, visitors may climb this restored tower and learn about the role Cape May played in homeland defense during World War II.  See the Wall of Honor dedicated to local veterans.  Located across Sunset Blvd at Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ.


Cumberland County Museums

Bridgeton Hall of Fame All Sports Museum

Dedicated to individuals and teams of all sports in this region of New Jersey.  Exhibits of photos, equipment, scrapbooks and other memorabilia are on display.  A large trophy room displays, medals, cups and trophies of John Borican, Olympic all-around black athlete.  The museum houses many artifacts from famous professional athletes.  Located in the Burt Avenue Recreation Center in Bridgeton, NJ.

The Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum

The museum features historical artifacts related to the Indians of New Jersey and their culture.  Located at 1461 Bridgeton Road in Greenwich, NJ.

Delaware Bay Museum

Visitors to the Delaware Bay Museum will find themselves transported to the 1920s in the heyday of the oyster industry.  Located in Bayshore Center at Bivalve at 2800 High Street in Port Norris, NJ.

East Point Lighthouse

Built in 1849, at the mouth of the Maruice River, the Maruice River Historical Society has been in charge of restoring the old light.  The lighthouse is open to the public for tours seasonally.  Located at 10 Lighthouse Road in Heislerville, NJ.

The Edward Compton House

The Edward Compton House is the headquarters of the Mauricetown Historical Society.  Built in 1864, the home has been restored and holds a research library along with exhibits of photos, maps, documents and other artifacts related to the lives of the area watermen and their families.  Located at 1229 Front Street in Maruicetown, NJ.

The Gibbon House History Museum 

[Cumberland County History]

The 18th century mansion was built by Nicholas Gibbon and has been restored and is furnished with period furnishings.  The Barn Museum contains implements used for gardening and agriculture in the 19th century.  Located at 960 Ye Greate Street in Greenwich, NJ.

Historical Houses of Cumberland County

The John DuBois Maritime Museum

The museum houses a large collection of Southern New Jersey maritime related objects from the past.  Located at 949 Ye Greate Street in Greenwich, NJ.

Millville Army Airfield Museum

The museum preserves U.S. Military aviation history.  Programs and tours focus on education about Millville's vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt.  Located at the Millville Airport at 1 Leddon Street in Millville.

The Nail Mill Museum

The museum features a collection of artifacts from the early days of the American Revolution.  Currently closed for renovations.  Located at 1 Mayor Aitken Drive in Bridgeton City Park.

New Sweden Colonial Farmstead Museum

& Living History Center

The future of this living history farmstead is undetermined at this time.

Palace of Depression on Facebook

The historic Palace Depression was built by a destitute man in a Vineland, NJ swamp of old auto parts, rocks, logs, mud and whatever he could find in the swamp area.  There is but a small part of it still standing but archaeologists are going to excavate and possibly reconstruct the home of George Daynor. 

Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center

Preserving the history of Seabrook Brothers and Sons and the establishment of Seabrook Farms and Seabrook Village.  Located inside the Upper Deerfield Township Municipal Building on Highway 77 in Seabrook, NJ.

Vineland Hisotrical and Antiquarian Society Museum

The museum features exhibits of artifacts and records related to the history of Vineland.  The large collection is housed in the society's museum located at 108 S. Seventh Street in Vineland, NJ.

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Visitors to the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center will witness glass art created in the Glass Studio and tour the Museum of American Glass which features a fine collection of American produced glass.  Located at 1000 Village Drive in Millville, NJ.


Essex County Museums

The Charles Shultz House

The historic house known as The Evergreens, was built in 1896 by Charles S. Shultz, President of the Hoboken Bank for Savings.  The 3 story Victorian house was in the family for three generations until it was donated to the Montclair Historical Society by Molly Shultz.  The house features eclectic furnishings and is in a virtually untouched state of preservation.  Located at 30 N. Mountain Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

Grover Cleveland Birthplace

Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th president of the United States, was born in this small house March 18, 1837.  The historic house is filled with historic artifacts and political memorabilia devoted to the life and times of President Cleveland.  Open to the public, the house is located at 207 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ.

Israel Crane House and Historic YWCA

The Israel Crane house was built in 1796.  The Federal-style mansion was home to three generations of the Crane family.  In 1920, the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex acquired it to use as offices, dormitories and a social center for African American women.  Today, it is being preserved by the Montclair Historical Society and tours are offered.  Located at 110 Orange Road in Montclair, NJ.

The Milburn-Short Hills Historical Society Museum

Housed inside the Hobart Avenue-side building at the Short Hills Train Station, the museum hold items and exhibits related to the history, architecture and genealogy of the towns of Short Hills and Milburn.  Located at Station Plaza in Short Hills, NJ.

The Museum of the Historical Society of Bloomfield

The Bloomfield Historical Society features a collection of antique furniture, clothing, household items, tools, and historical documents.  Located on the 3rd floor of the Children's Library at 90 Broad Street in Bloomfield, NJ.

The Newark Museum

The museum features 80 galleries of art and natural science, the Ballantine House, the Newark Fire Museum and even includes a planetarium and mini zoo.  Located at 49 Washington Street Downtown in the Newark Arts District.

New Jersey Historical Society Museum

The museum features collections of historic artifacts, paintings, ceramics, glass, tools and other objects of historical significance along with a library and archives.  Located at 52 Park Place in Newark, NJ.

The Nutley Historical Society Museum

The Nutley Historical Society is devoted to the preservation of the history and culture of the community of Nutley. Located at 65 Church Street in Nutley, NJ.

Thomas Edison National Historical Park

The site features Thomas Edison's Queen Anne style mansion home and laboratory.  Visitors will learn about the life and inventions of America's greatest inventor.  Located at 211 Main Street in West Orange, NJ.


Gloucester County Museums Heritage Glass Museum

Focused on the preservation and promotion of the legacy of South Jersey's glass making history.  Located at 25 E. High Street in Glassboro, NJ.

Hunter-Lawrence-Jessup House Museum

Operated by the Gloucester County Historical society, the 18th century house was at different times, home to tea burner, Reverend Andrew Hunter, James Lawrence and John S. Jessup.  Located at 58 N. Broad Street in Woodbury, NJ.  The society also operates the Gloucester County Historical Library which specializes in genealogy materials and research.  The Library  is at 17 Hunter Street, in Woodbury.

The South Jersey Museum of American History

Dedicated to the preservation of South jersey's history and the exhibition of it in connection with American history.  Exhibits are related to Native American history, Colonial history, the Pine Barrens, political history, and rural history.  Located at 123 E. High Street in Glassboro, NJ.


Hudson County Museums

Afro-American Historical Society Museum

The museum features exhibits related to African-American culture.  Located on the second floor of the Greenville Public Library at 1841 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City, NJ 07305.

Chief John T. Brennan Fire Museum

The Bayonne Hook and Ladder Co. #1 was located in this firehouse form 1870 until 1928.  Today it is a museum housing firefighting memorabilia and the oldest hand drawn hose carriage in New Jersey.  10 West 47th Street, Bayonne, NJ.

Hoboken Historical Museum

[History of Hoboken]  [Hoboken House Tour]  [Hoboken Walking Tour]

Dedicated to the preservation and promotion of public interest in the rich history of Hoboken, NJ, the museum is located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken, NJ.

Jersey City Museum (Museum has closed. New link needed)

[Jersey City History Timeline]

The museum is focused on American visual art and in particular the historic and contemporary art of the region around Hudson County.  Located in the historic Van Vorst district of Jersey City at 350 Montgomery Street.

Kearny Museum

Housed inside the Kearny Public Library, the museum features displays of local photos, vintage clothing, war memorabilia and high school yearbooks.  Located at 318 Kearny Avenue in Kearny, NJ.

Liberty State Park


Liberty State Park is where the ferry boats depart as they transport visitors to Ellis Island, the museum of immigration and the Statue of Liberty.  Located at 200 Morris Pesin Drive in Jersey City, NJ.


Hunterdon County Museums

Black River Railroad

Califon Historical Society Station Museum

Housed inside the historic 1875 train station, the museum is home to the Califon Historical Society and the town museum.  Located at 25 Academy Street in Califon, NJ.

Fleming Castle Museum


The Samuel Fleming house was built in 1756 by Samuel Fleming, a tavern keeper.  The town of Flemington is named after Samuel Fleming.  The historic house is operated as a museum with docents giving guided tours of the home and the beautiful terraced garden.  Located at 5 Bonnell Street in Flemington, NJ.

Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum

Housed inside a restored three story bank barn, the museum is focused on the preservation of Hunterdon County's agricultural heritage.  Additional outbuildings on the property are a blacksmith shop, a carriage shed, a print shop, the post office and general store.  Located at 1605 Daniel Bray Highway just north of Lambertville, NJ.

The Howell Living History Farm

The farm property has been a rural farm since the 1730s.  Today, the living history farm exists as an example of farming in New Jersey during the 1890-1910 time period.  Located at 70 Wooden's Lane in Lambertville, NJ.

The James Wilson Marshall House

The James Wilson Marshall house was built in 1816 by Philip Marshall, a member of one of the oldest families in New Jersey.  Today, the house is home to the Lambertville Historical Society and features period furnishings along with historic items related to the heritage of Lambertville.  Located at 60 Bridge House in Lambertville, NJ.

Prallsville Mills

[History]  [Gallery Tour]

The Prallsville Mills Complex features eleven historic buildings which include the Grist Mill, a sawmill, linseed mill, the John Prall Manor House, and the 1850s River House among others.  Guided tours are available.  This historical industrial village serves today as a cultural and historical center.  Located at 33 Risler Street in Stockton, NJ.

The Readington Museums

The Readington Museums provide an educational living history experience to visitors and while preserving and promoting an understand and appreciation of Readington's history and culture.  Structures include the Bouman-Stickney Farmstead, Cold Brook School, Eversole-Hall House and Taylor's Mill.  Located at 114 Dreahook Road in Lebanon, NJ.

The Red Mill Museum

Featuring a collection of more than 40,000 artifacts and 12 buildings, the Red Mill Museum Village brings to life a history of rural America.  Visitors will explore the Mill, the Bunker Hill Schoolhouse, a replica log cabin, a springhouse, and various other outbuildings.  Located at 56 Main Street in Clinton, NJ.

Solitude Heritage Museum

Housed inside an 1760 building built by the Union Iron Works, the museum features a collection of relics and artifacts related to the iron works and High Bridge.  Operated by the Union Forge Heritage Association, the museum is located at 117 Van Syckles Road in Hampton, NJ.

Township of Lebanon Museum

The museum is housed inside one room schoolhouse built in 1825.  The schoolhouse was used for over 100 years.  Today, the first floor is a recreation of a 19th century schoolroom with all the furnishings.  The second floor features exhibits related to the history of Lebanon Township and the Lenape Indian history.  Located at 57 Musconetcong River Road in Lebanon, NJ.


Mercer County Museums

The Bainbridge House

Bainbridge house was built in 1766 by Job Stockton, a prosperous tanner and cousin to Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Known as one of the oldest structures in Princeton, the house is occupied by the Princeton Historical Society who provides exhibits related to the local history of Princeton along with a research library.  Located at 158 Nassau Street in Princton, NJ.

The Benjamin Temple House

The Benjamin Temple house was built ca1750 by Benjamin Temple, early settler of the Ewing-Hopewell area.  The house is being preserved by the Ewing Township Historic Preservation Society.  Exhibits of historic artifacts and documents from the past of Ewing Township are on display along with a research library.  Located in Drake Farm Park at 27 Federal City Road in Ewing, NJ.

Camp Olden Civil War Round Table and Museum, Inc.

The site features the Civil War and Native American Museum housed inside the Pepper House, a two story, seven room tenant house.  Exhibits of Civil War relics, uniforms, weapons and other items along with Native American period related items are on display.  Located at 2202 Kuser Road in Hamilton, NJ.

Clarke House Museum

The museum is housed inside a Revolutionary War period home and features a large collection of period firearms from the American Revolution along with other Revolutionary War artifacts.  Located at the Princeton Battlefield at 500 Mercer Road in Princeton, NJ.


[History Timeline]

Built in 1835 by Charles Smith Olden, the beautiful historic house has been the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey since 1981.  Public tours are offered.  Located at 354 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ.

Hopewell Museum

The museum features period furnished rooms and displays of historic artifacts and items related to the history of the Hopewell Valley of New Jersey.  Located at East Broad Street in Hopewell, NJ.

The John Abbot House

Operated by the Historical Society of Hamilton Township, the John Abbot House was built in 1730 by John Abbott and John Abbot II.  The house has some American Revolution history and has been preserved.  Inside the house is a collection of vintage physician's tools.  Located at 2200 Kuser Road in Hamilton's Veterans Park.

Kuser Farm Mansion

Built in 1892, the Queen Anne-style home was previously the summer home of Fred Kuser of the prominent Kuser family whose business interests included Fox Film Corporation, Lenox Company and the Mercer Motor Car Company.  Today, the house is a museum featuring period furnished rooms and offering guided tours and educational programs.  Located at 390 Newkirk Avenue in Hamilton, NJ.

Morven Museum & Garden

Morven mansion was built in the 1750s and has been home to a signer of the Declaration of Independence and to fine New Jersey governors.  The last time the Governor's Mansion was inhabited by a governor was in 1982.  Since that time, the Morven mansion has been restored and archaeological research was conducted.  Today, tours of Morven mansion and the lovely gardens are offered telling the story of the people who have lived at Morven through portraits, furnishings and artifacts.  Located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, NJ.

The New Jersey Statehouse

[State House History

The New Jersey State House is the capitol building for the state of New Jersey.  Originally built in 1792, the stately and beautiful building has been remodeled and added to over the years.  Guided tours of the State House are offered to the public.  Lasting about one house, a typical tour include the Senate and General Assembly chamber galleries, a conference room, the rotunda and the Governor's Reception Office.  Located at 125 West State Street in Trenton, NJ.

New Jersey State Museum

Established in 1895, the museum features extensive collections and exhibits of archaeology, cultural history, fine art and natural history.  The main building and planetarium are closed for renovations.  Located at 205 W. State Street in Trenton, NJ.

New Jersey State Police Museum and Leaning Center

Visitors to the New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center will learn about the history of the New Jersey law enforcement agency which was founded in 1921 along with the history of the state itself.  Located at the New Jersey State Police Headquarters on  at 1020 River Road (Route 175) between Interstate 95 and West Upper Ferry Road in West Trenton, NJ.

Old Barracks Museum


This National Historical Landmark was built in 1758.  It has seem the passing of many wars including the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.  Established as a museum in 1903, it has been fully restored twice and today serves as an educational center for Colonial and American history.  Interpretive tours are featured along with a museum full of artifacts and early weapons.  Located on Barrack Street in Trenton, NJ.

Trenton City Museum at the Ellarslie Mansion


The Trenton City Museum is housed in the historic Ellarslie Mansion and features a fine collection of art and artifacts related to the historical and cultural past of Trenton, New Jersey.  Ellarslie Mansion is an Italianate villa built in 1848 and is the centerpiece of Cadwalader Park.  Located inside Cadwalader Park at 299 Parkside Avenue in Trenton, NJ.

Trenton Police Department Online Museum

Updike Farmstead

The Updike Farmstead consists of a late 18th century farmhouse, a large barn built in 1892, a wagon shed, corn crib and other outbuildings.  Operated by the Princeton Historical Society, the Updike Farmstead is located at 354 Quaker Road in Princeton, NJ.

Washington Crossing State Park

Well known historical site of the American Revolution, where George Washington and the Continental Army crossed the icy waters of the Delaware River and defeated the Hessian troops in a surprise attack.  A Visitor Center features galleries related to the Revolutionary War and the Johnson Ferry House provides living history demonstrations frequently.  Located at 355 Washington Crossing - Pennington Road in Titusville, NJ.

William Trent House Museum  

This large home was built ca 1719 and home to William Trent.  Occupied by many different families, the Trent house was donated to the city of Trenton in 1929.  It has been restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1939.  A visit to the grand home is like taking a step back in time to the 18th century.  Located at 15 Market Street in Trenton, NJ.


Middlesex County Museums

The Barron Arts Center

Housed inside the Barron Library building built in 1877, the art center is an art museum and local history museum as well.  Located at 582 Rahway Avenue in Woodbridge, NJ.

Buccleuch Mansion

The 18th century mansion is one of New Brunswick's oldest and most historic landmarks.  The house is filled with a large collection of American decorative arts, furnishings, textiles and other historic objects.  Operated by the Jersey Blue Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, the mansion will be open for tours after the restoration which is currently in progress.  Located inside Buccleuch Park between Easton Avenue and George Street in New Brunswick, NJ. 

The Cranbury Museum

The Cranbury Museum is housed inside a house built in 1834 by Dr. Garret P. Voorhees.  The museum features collections of antique furnishings, Indian artifacts and local memorabilia from the past of Cranbury.  Located at 4 Park Place East in Cranbury, NJ.

The East Brunswick Museum

Housed inside former Simpson Methodist Church built in 1862, the museum features collections of pottery from the local stoneware factories in the Village of Old Bridge, tiles from the Old Bridge Enameled Brick and Tile Company, the art of James Crawford Thom, a local 19th century artist and many historical artifacts from the past of East Brunswick.  Focus is on the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of East Brunswick and surrounding communities.  Located at 16 Maple Street in East Brunswick, NJ.

East Jersey Olde Town Village

The Village is a collection of original, replica and reconstructed 18th and 19th century structures.  Today, the village is operated as an educational model, teaching history, traditions, folk arts and craftsmanship of the people who lived and worked in this area of New Jersey in the "olden days'.  Located at 1050 River Road in Piscataway, NJ.

Menlo Park Museum

The Thomas Edison Center


The museum is focused on honoring the memory of Thomas A. Edison and educating the public about the life of the man and his accomplishments.  Located in Menlo Park at 37 Christie Street in Edison, NJ.

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum


The house was built in 1728.  The historic site features over 1000 historical artifacts covering 350 years of history in the town of Piscataway.  Located at 1281 River Road in Piscataway, NJ.

Middlesex County Museum

Housed inside the historical Cornelius Low House built in 1741, the museum features rotating exhibits about state and local history.  Located at 1225 River Road in Piscataway, NJ.

Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation

The collections of the museum are devoted to the Hungarian immigrant life with focus on fine art, folk art and folk life.  Located at 300 Somerset Street in New Brunswick, NJ.

Plainsboro Museum

Housed in the 1880 Wicoff House, the museum features historical artifacts, photographs, documents, and items related to the early history of Plainsboro and the surrounding area.  Located near the Plainsboro Library and Municipal Center at 641 Plainsboro Road in Plainsboro, NJ.

The Proprietary House


Known as one of the most historic buildings in the United States, the Proprietary House was built in 1764 and has served as residence to New Jersey's last Royal Governor, a hotel, a private mansion, a retirement home, a boarding house and now as an office space and museum.  Today, guided tours are conducted of the historic property.  Spaces are also available for rent.  Located at 149 Kearny Avenue in Perth Amboy, NJ.


Monmouth County Museums



Town of Ocean

Historical Museum

Allaire State Park and Historical Site

The Historic Village at Allaire

Step back in time with a visit to the living history village of Allaire.  Townspeople dressed in period dress will display their crafts, demonstrate their skills and tell you about live in this 19th century bog iron producing community.  Historic structures include Christ Church Chapel, a carriage house, the stables and barn, a slaughter house and numerous historic homes.  Located on Route 524 in Allaire State Park across from the NJ Museum of Transportation in Wall Township, NJ.


Situated on historical Camp Evans, which is known for it's important roles in both WWI and WWII. the Science History Learning Center and Museum is focused on communication technology from the early days of spark-gap wireless technology to 1998 when microwave, fiber optics and satellite technology were worked on at this site.  Work is underway to open the Tiros 1 and 2 Ground Control Station building as a space science education facility at the former Project Dana site.  Visitors to InfoAge will learn about the pioneers of wireless, WWI, WWII, space exploration and the cold war. Exhibits are extremely varied.  They include a restored fallout shelter, the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame, a shipwreck exhibit, radio technology, vintage computers, military technology and electronic warfare.  Located at 2201 Marconi Road in Wall, NJ.

Keansburg Historical Society & Museum on Facebook

Located at 59 Carr Avenue in Keansburg, NJ.

Monmouth County Historic Houses

Monmouth County Historical Association Museum

[Virtual Tour of Freehold]

The society operating since 1898 is in charge of a museum, a library and archives and four historic sites which include the 1752 Covenhoven House, 1754 Holmes-Hendrickson House, 1710 Allen House, 1756 Marlpit Hall and the 1853 Taylor-Butler House which is available for rental.  The main building is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ.

Monmouth Museum

A center for education and culture.  Located at 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ on the campus of the Brookdale Community College.

National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey

NJ Museum of Transportation   [History]

Previously known as Pine Creek Railroad, the museum houses many vintage pieces of railway equipment as well as antique trains.  Ride an old diesel locomotive while there.  Located on Route 524 in Allaire State Park, Wall Township, New Jersey.

Township of Ocean Historical Museum

The Township of Ocean Historical Museum occupies Eden Woolley House in front of the Ocean Township Library and part of Joe Palaia Park.  The Eden Woolley House, circa 1747 is one of the few 18th Century Homes surviving in Ocean Township.  The house is an architectural gem and a 250+ year repository of local history.  It was saved from destruction in 2005 and moved 1,000 feet east to its present location in Joe Palaia Park.  It has been historically restored and is open to the public to tell the story of Ocean Township and its surrounding communities.  The house was occupied by the Woolley Family for most of its life.  Eden Woolley, for whom the house is named, occupied the house from 1835 until his death in 1892, and was one of the five men elected to Ocean Township's first governing body when it was formed in 1849.  Located at 703 Deal Road in Oakhurst, NJ.


Morris County Museums

Acorn Hall - Ornate Italian mansion, home to Morris County Historical Society.

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Housed in an ornate 1899 Richardsonian Romanesque Revival building, the museum focuses on the early trades and crafts of early New Jersey.  The beautiful building has been newly restored so visitors are in for a treat when visiting.  Located on Main Street in Madison, NJ.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms

Stickley Museum is situated on Craftsman Farms which was once the home of Gustav Stickley (noted turn-of-the-century designer).  The log house was built in 1911 and has been restored.  Restoration of the historic landscape is underway.  Guided tours are featured and educational events are offered throughout the year.  Located at 2352 Rt. 10-West, #5 in Morris Plains, NJ.


Ocean County Museums

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Originally lit in 1859, the lighthouse still provides a beacon of light that can be seen for up to 22 nautical miles.  The lighthouse is open daily.  Visitors may climb 217 steps to the top for a magnificent view.  An Interpretative Center is also open to share the history of the Barnegat Lighthouse with visitors.  Located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, New Jersey.

Barnegat Light Historical Society Museum

[Historic Photos]  [Lighthouse History]

Housed inside an old elementary schoolhouse, the museum features the original Fresnel lens that once topped the Barnegat Lighthouse along with photos and other artifacts.  Located at 5th Street and Central Avenue in Barnegat, Light, NJ.

Barnegat Heritage Village

Heritage Village is a collection of historic structures including the Lippincott-Faulkenburg House, a barber shop, the Edwards House, a butcher house, a motel cabin and a three hole privy.  The "Village" is open for tours.  Located on East Bay Avenue in Barnegat, NJ.

Berkeley Township Historical Museum

Focused on the local history of Berkeley Township, the museum  is located at 630 Atlantic City Blvd in Bayville, NJ.

The Cottage Museum

The Cottage Museum on Facebook

Operated by the Island Heights Cultural & Heritage Association, the museum is an 1880s styled Carpenter Gothic summer cottage.  Open to the public with docent guided tours, the museum features displays related to local history.   Located at 105 Simpson Avenue in Island Heights, NJ.

Double Trouble Village

On the eastern edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, inside Double Trouble State Park is Double Trouble Village, where visitors will find a preserved company town, a sawmill and a cranberry sorting and packing house.  Guided tours of the village are offered to the public.  Located off of Route 618 on Double Trouble Road in Lacey and Berkeley Townships, NJ.

Giffordtown School House Museum

The museum is housed inside a one-room school house built in 1884.  Students from West Tuckerton and Little Egg Harbor Township areas attended the school from 1st through 8th grades.  The school was in operation until 1951.  The schoolhouse was moved to it's present location in 1977.  Today, the museum features a collection of artifacts related to the Tuckerton (Clamtown) area including original documents concerning Ebenezer Tucker for whom Tuckerton was named along with Quaker memorabilia, antiques, exhibits about the Tuckerton Railroad and Tuckerton Wireless Tower.  Located at 35 Leitz Blvd & Wisteria Lane in Little Egg Harbor, NJ.

Havens Homestead Museum

[History of Brick]

The original portion of Havens Homestead was a one room cabin with a loft which was built prior to 1827.  Over the years the Havens family added to this cabin.  The Havens Homestead was occupied by the Havens family for 166 years.  In 1993, the house was donated to the Brick Township Historical Society.  Today, the house has been restored and is operated as a house museum.  Located t 521 Herbertsville Road in Brick, NJ.

The Heritage Park of Stafford Township

The centerpiece of the park is the Old Stone Store from the 1700s.  The Manahawkin Train Station has also been located to the park and is soon to be turned into a museum for local Stafford history.  Located on West Bay Avenue in Stafford Township, NJ.

John F. Peto Studio Museum

Celebrating the art and life of trompe-l'oeil artist John F. Peto, the museum is housed in the artist's former art studio.  Located at 102 Cedar Avenue in Island Heights, NJ.

Lakehurst Historical Museum

Housed in the former St. John's Church built in 1874, the museum features features items from the Navy's rigid airship program including the Hindenburg disaster, and items related to local history and Lakehurst's past as a winter resort.  Located at 300 Center Street in Lakehurst, NJ.

Long Beach Island Museum

The Long Beach Island Museum is housed inside the 1882 Holy Innocent's Episcopal Church.  The museum collects and preserves historical artifacts and photographs related to the history of Long Beach Island.  Located at 129 Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ.

Loveland Homestead Museum

The Bay Head Historical Society operated a restored 1867 farm home as a museum.  The museum features historic artifacts, photographs and memorabilia related to the history of life in the Bay Head area of the Jersey Shore.  There is an area for local art and special exhibits as well as lovely gardens to enjoy.  This museum is closed for repairs until spring 2016.  Located 1643 Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Long Beach Island Historical Association Museum

[Historical Photos]

Housed inside an 1882 Episcopal Church, the museum features historical artifacts related to the early life on Long Beach Island along with a Victorian parlour, a kitchen, a collection of antique bridal gowns and decoys carved by a local woodcarver.  Located at 129 Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ.

New Jersey Maritime Museum

Devoted to maritime history, and in particular shipwrecks and artifacts from them.  Located at 528 Dock Road in Beach Haven, NJ.

New Jersey Museum of Boating

Focused on the boating history of New Jersey.  Located at 1800 Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Ocean County Historical Museum

Housed inside the Pierson Sculthorpe House, a Victorian home built between 1820 and 1866, the museum is focused on the early lifestyle and occupations of Ocean County people.  Featured collections include Native American artifacts, history of aviation at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, Victorian furnishings, Military memorabilia and other artifacts related to the history of the Ocean County area.  Included at the site is a large library and research center where visitors will find family history and historic documents.  Located at 26 Hadley Avenue in Toms River, NJ.

Ocean Gate Historical Society and Museum

Housed inside a historic railroad station, the museum features displays of local history and railroad history.  Located at 800 Asbury Avenue in Ocean Gate, NJ.

Point Pleasant Historical Society Museum

The Point Pleasant Historical Society Museum is housed in the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Hall.  Exhibits related to the local history of the area are on display.  Located at 416 New Jersey Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum

Devoted to the maritime and boating history of New Jersey, the museum is located at 11 Hooper Avenue in Toms River, NJ.

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Devoted to the maritime heritage of the Jersey Shore, the museum features historic buildings, demonstrations, interpretive exhibits, live aquatic displays and festivals.  Located at 120 West Main Street in Tuckerton, NJ.


Passaic County Museums American Labor Museum

The museum is focused on the understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers.  Housed inside the historic Botto House located at 83 Norwood Street in Haledon, NJ.

Dey Mansion

The Dey Mansion was built between 1740 and 1750 by Dirck Dey, a Dutch planter.  George Washington used the house as a headquarters during the American Revolution.  Today, the Dey Mansion is open to the public for tours and is a meeting place for several Revolutionary War organizations where re-enactments of the military events which once occurred there are recreated.  Located at 199 Totowa Road in Wayne, NJ.

Patterson Great Falls Park

The beautiful 77 foot waterfall on the Passaic River is home to a new state park.  The Visitors Center is located at 66 McBride in Paterson, NJ.

Hamilton-Van Wagoner House Museum

The Hamilton House Museum is a Restored Dutch Farm House that has been restored into three time periods; Victorian, Federal, and early American.  The museum is a living history museum.  As you walk thru the Museum you can imagine and feel how your forefathers lived. Knowledgeable docents will describe to you how the people lived and also tell some of the local history.  Visitors are invited to "Walk in the Footsteps of the Past"  Located at 971 Valley Road in Clifton, NJ.

Hungarian Folklore Museum

The American Hungarian Museum is focused on the preservation, exhibition and cultivation of Hungarian culture in one of the largest Hungarian communities in the United States.  Featuring exhibits of folk art, folk-crafts and examples of the art through historical artifacts, photos and other items brought from the old country or made in the Hungarian community, the museum is located in the old ethnic neighborhood of Passaic New Jersey and housed inside the Reid Memorial Library at 80 Third Street.

Lambert Castle Museum

[Story of Lambert's Castle]

Located in Paterson, NJ, this 1892 mansion was originally home to wealthy silk manufacturer Catholina Lambert.  Now functioning as a museum in the Garret Mountain Reservation, the view of New York City from the tower is breathtaking.  Lambert Castle is home to the Passaic County Historical Society and includes a local history and genealogy library.

Long Pond Ironworks Museum

[Historic Photos]

Founded in 1766, the ironworks was a huge operation.  Located in West Milford, the site is listed on the national register of historic places and contains a museum and visitors center.  At various times of the year, interpretive tours are offered and it becomes a living history museum on some weekends.

Paterson Museum

Located in the Thomas Rogers Building at 2 Market Street, the museum was founded in 1925 and at that time consisted of natural history objects of the area.  Today, it still contains one of the largest collections of minerals in NJ but you will also find many artifacts detailing the history of Paterson.  Located at 2 Market Street n Paterson, NJ.

Ringwood Manor

The historic house once belong to Peter Cooper and Abram S. Hewitt, prosperous ironmasters.  In 1938, the house, it's contents and the surrounding property were donated by the family to the State of new Jersey as a museum and state park.  Guided tours of the house and grounds are featured.  Visitors will find a vast assortment of historic artifacts, furnishings and objects related to the history of the area and the families.  Located at 1304 Sloatsburg Road in Ringwood, NJ.


Salem County Museums

Hancock House

Built in 1734, the Hancock House was home to a prominent Salem County family.  In 1778, the Hancock Bridge massacre occurred at the site.  The Hancock House has been open to the public as a museum since 1932.  Located at 3 Front Street in Hancocks Bridge, NJ.

Historical Society of Penns Grove, Carneys Point and Oldmans Museum

The museum is dedicated to the preservation of history of the communities of Penns Grove, Carneys Point and Oldmans.  Located at 48 W Main Street in Penns Grove, NJ.

Pennsville Church Landing Farmhouse Museum 

Docent led tours remind visitors of an earlier time when the only way to get to Wilmington was by ferry.  Beautiful 19th century furnishings and historic flower and herb gardens are delightful.  Located at 86 Church Landing Road in Pennsville, NJ.

Salem County Historical Society Museum  

[Virtual Tour]

The museum is housed inside 4 historic houses.  The main house is the 1721 Alexander Grant Mansion,  Along with exhibits and artifacts from the history of Salem, the society also offers a research library at the museum location.  Located at 79-83 Market Street in Salem, NJ.


Somerset County Museums

Abraham Staats House

[History]  [Photos]

This fine home which is a survivor from the Dutch Settlement of the Raritan Valley was built in the 18th century.  The original house has been expanded many times over the years and provides an interesting history which includes service in the American Revolution as the headquarters of General von Steuben.  Located at 17 Von Steuben Lane in South Bound Brook, NJ.

Historic Sites of Somerset County

Jacobus Vanderveer House & Museum

With a simple beginning as a Dutch frame house built ca 1760, the home has been expanded with additions over the years.  The house has been restored and much of the original structure is intact providing a glimpse into yesteryear.  The house is said to have served as a headquarters of General Henry Knox.  Located in the River Road Park on Route 202/206 in Bedminster Township, NJ.

Old Millstone Forge

This blacksmith shop and museum is operated by one of the oldest living history groups in this area.  The museum teaches about industrial life in rural America.  Located on North River Street in the historical town of Millstone, NJ.

Rockingham  [History]

Serving as General George Washington's headquarters during the final stages of the Revolutionary War, Rockingham was formerly known as the Berrien Mansion.  The original structure was a farmhouse build ca 1702-1710 and was enlarged in the 1760s by Judge John Berrien.  The home features 18th century furnishings, a children's museum and the Colonial kitchen garden.  Moved numerous times and fully restored, the site is operated by the State of New Jersey, State Parks Service.  It is located on Laurel Avenue (Route 603) in Rockingham, NJ.

Somerville Fire Department Museum

[History]  [Photos]

The museum features antique firefighting equipment and historical items about the history of firefighting and the volunteer fire department in Somerville, New Jersey.  Located on N. Doughty Avenue in Somerville, NJ.

Van Veghten House

Operated by the Somerset County Historical Society, the Dutch house was built in the early 1700s of brick and served as a headquarters for Quartermaster General Nathaniel Green during the years 1778 and 1779.  Features include a library.  Located at 9 Veghten Lane in Bridgewater, NJ.

Wallace House

Home to John Wallace, a Philadelphia merchant, it was originally a farmhouse built in the 1700s.  John Wallace added in an eight room Georgian mansion ca 1775 and it became the largest house built in New Jersey during the Revolutionary War.  Nearby is The Old Dutch Parsonage which was built ca 1751.  Located on Washington Place in Somerville, NJ.


Union County

Crane-Phillips Living Museum

This 1845 Victorian cottage is known as "The Little House on the Rahway".  It was home to Josiah Crane Jr, great-grandson of the original miller on North Union Avenue.  Today it houses a museum which will depict life in 19th Century Cranford.  Located at 124 North Union Avenue in Cranford, NJ.

Drake House Museum

The original 1746 Drake family house is inside the 1880s Harberger cottage.  The museum is rich in history and contains unique collections of historical artifacts, images and documents.  At this house, George Washington consulted with officers about The Battle of Short Hills which was fought in the Plainfield area June 25-27, 1777.  Located at 602 W. Front Street in Plainfield, NJ.

Liberty Hall Museum  [History]

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history.  Built in 1772 by New Jersey’s first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, the Victorian-style mansion houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean families.  The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museum’s complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.
Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For information about upcoming events or make reservations, call (908) 527-0400

Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum   

[History]  [Rahway Cemetery Tours]

Miller-Cory House Museum   [History]


Warren County

Oxford Furnace Site

Erected in 1741 and put into use in 1743, this colonial iron furnace was in operation for over 140 years.  It is currently being restored.  Located inside Oxford Furnace Lake Park in Oxford, NJ.

Shippen Manor



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