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Air Victory Museum
S. Jersey Regional Airport
8 Stacy Haines Rd.
Lumberton
609-267-4488

The Air Victory Museum is a non-profit, volunteer assisted organization that houses a collection of vintage military aircraft, artifacts and memorabilia. They are certified and approved by the United States Navy, National Museum of Naval Aviation and NJ State Agency for surplus Property. They are also the proud recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Air and Space Award for outstanding contributions to Aviation for the year 2000. Their collection includes a F-104 “Starfighter”; F-4 “Phantom”, F-86 “Sabre”, A-4 “Skyhawk” (this is painted in the Blue Angels color scheme); F-14 “Tomcat”; A-7 “Corsair”; RH53 “Sea Stallion” and an E2B “Hawkeye”. They also have numerous jet engines, military uniforms, civilian memorabilia, and an extensive research library and a special section honoring Women in Aviation. The SJR Airport is an active airport and is home to numerous small aircraft as well as helicopter flight services. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. . Visitors are advised that the museum is not climate controlled so they should dress appropriately. Guided tours are available on Saturdays. For a weekday tour, please contact the Museum office to be put on the tour schedule.

 

American Labor Museum
at The Botto House
83 Norwood Street
Haledon
973-595-7953
The home of Pietro and Maria Botto was established as a national landmark in 1983, it was the meeting place of over 20,000 strikers during the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike. The American Labor Museum presents a diversity of public programs on the heritage of the working people, sponsors outreach talks to schools, unions, and civic organizations, offering changing exhibits, monthly cultural events, free lending library, Saturday Labor Art Classes and tours. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 1-4pm or by appointment. Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and the suggested donation is $2.00 per person - children under 12 are free. Volunteers are welcome to visit to assist the cultural institution. All donations are tax deductible.

 

Aviation Hall of Fame Museum
Teterboro Airport
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro
201-288-6344

Home to the Tri-State Aviation Expo and Wings & Wheels Expo, the Aviation Hall of Fame Museum offers tours of their 2 story building which houses a large collection of aircrafts, artifacts and exhibits. Their parking lot holds one of the only two Lockheed 402-2 Bushmasters in the US. They have a 55 seat Skyroom Theatre which is used for lectures, conferences, and meetings of various groups, including the Civil Air Patrol, local Flying Clubs, the 99s Organization of Women Pilots, and other historical groups. Their Hall of Fame Room features some of the greatest names in aviation, and all of these honorees have a NJ connection. The Great Room houses the museum's larger artifacts, including the Curtiss Wright J-5 Whirlwind engine, used by Charles Lindbergh, and the XLR-24, used in the Bell X-2. The Great Room also has sections dedicated to the various aspects of aviation, including space travel, and lighter-than-air flight. The M.A.S.H. Exhibit is the only one of its kind in the United States, and is dedicated to the veterans of the Korean War with a collection of military vehicles, a Bell 47C helicopter, and a replica surgical suite complete with 1950s vintage medical equipment. Visitors can board the museum's Martin 202 airliner, or check out the cockpit of the museum's Bell AH-1S 'Cobra' attack helicopter. The second floor offers an overhead view of the Great Room as well as the 'Balloon to the Moon Room' with their replica control tower. Children can 'direct' air traffic while listening to actual radio communications between Teterboro Tower and dozens of aircraft. Visitors can also see the 'Women in Aviation' exhibit, including a short film narrated by 5-time World Aerobatic Champion Patti Wagstaff. Their gift shop has books, T-shirts and caps, toys for the kids, keychains, and limited edition first day covers for the stamp collector in the family. They are open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays. During the Winter months, the museum follows the same schedule as the Bergen County School System. Thus, if the schools are closed due to inclement weather, chances are the museum will be as well. Please call in advance if you have any doubts.

 

Battleship New Jersey
on the Camden Waterfront
Camden
866-877-6262
The USS New Jersey completed her Final Voyage home from Bremerton, Washington to the former Philadelphia Naval Ship Yard, arriving there appropriately enough, on Veteran's Day 1999. The Battleship New Jersey, our Nation's most decorated battleship, is now a floating museum on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from Center City Philadelphia. History comes to life as visitors experience a two-hour guided tour through the Iowa-class ship, one of the largest battleships ever built. They have a museum shop which is the only place where you can purchase official Battleship NJ merchandise. Check their website for special events. Group rates are available.

 

Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans Street
Franklin
973-827-3481
The Franklin Mineral Museum has the World's Largest systematic collections of Franklin-Sterling Hill and world wide mineral specimens on public display. The museum is separated into several different rooms. The Fluorescent Room houses various ores and minerals and mixes regular light and short wave ultra violet rays which produces brilliant and fascinating colors. The Minerals & Mining Room is a replica mine which shows the operation of mining zinc ore, constructed with the actual timber, rails, ore carts, drilling equipment and scoops used earlier in the century. The Franklin Tunnel displays over 2,000 mineral specimens with a description, the mining methods used and their rarity. The multi-section Jensen Wing, their newest section, contains the Wilfred Welsh natural history collections of fossils, native American relics, rocks and minerals. The fossils include fish, dinosaur footprints, shells, bones, skulls, and petrified wood. The native American section includes NJ finds, Western bead work and pottery. The rock collection contains well over 4,000 specimens.

 

The Hermitage
335 North Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus
201-445-8311

A National Historic Landmark host to Washington during the Revolutionary War as well as the wedding place of Aaron Burr. It appears today as it was remodeled in 1847-48 by the noted architect, William H. Ranlett, and is a significant example of the Gothic Revival style. The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc. was established to restore, maintain and interpret The Hermitage, along with its grounds and outbuildings. Located on almost 5 acres of lawn shaded by centuries-old trees, the site is on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The 14 room Gothic Revival home was built in 1847-48 and incorporates portions of an historic 18th century house complete with costumes & textiles, personal accessories, linens, furniture, decorative arts, Victorian period household items, toys, games and recreation. The museum is open year round and guided public tours of the museum are offered Wednesday through Sunday from 1pm to 4pm with last tour starting at 3:15pm. The museum is closed legal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving. Group discounts are available.

 

USGA Golf House Museum & Library
Route 40
Far Hills
908-234-2300
An elegant Georgian colonial mansion providing a vast array of golf related artwork, ceramics, trophies, medals, golf clubs and books. A variety of exhibits trace the evolution of the game from its earliest antecedents to the present. Equipment and artifacts are donated by many of golf's greatest champions. The library houses over 10,000 volumes on golf which is the largest such collection in the world. A Compact Disc Interactive provides visitors with the opportunity to test their knowledge of golf history and rules, relive golf's great moments or play the mysterious 18th hole. Adjacent to the Golf House is the Research and Test Center which includes displays of the game's implements, interactive videos and a demonstration on testing procedures used to evaluate today's golf equipment, including "Iron Byron", a ball testing robot.

 

Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue
Union
908-527-0400
Built on the eve of the Revolution, Liberty Hall is associated with many of the events and individuals that have shaped our nation's destiny. Home to the prominent Livingston and Kean families, the saga of Liberty Hall includes the stories of men, women and children from many lands and many eras, stories that are waiting to be discovered. A chronicle of New Jersey history, glimpsed through the doors of one very special house. Access to the Liberty Hall House Museum is through guided tours on a first-come, first-served basis. Visitors may take self-guided tours of the Carriage House and the Gardens. There is a 10 minute orientation film. Facilities include a museum shop, picnic area and parking. They are open from April-December, Wednesday to Saturday from 10-4, Sunday 12-4 and closed January through March.

 

Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
9 Main Street
Madison
973-377-2982

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is a non-profit educational institution with a mission: To enhance the understanding and appreciation of America’s past by presenting and interpreting the history, culture and lives of ordinary people through exhibition and demonstration of the trades and crafts practiced in New Jersey from its earliest settlement.

 

Monmouth Museum
Brookdale Community College
Lincroft
732-747-2266

Accredited from the American Association of Museums, the Monmouth Museum is a center for education and culture, and a focal point for dynamic ideas, the Museum features changing exhibitions and programs which appeal to a variety of interests. Exhibitions showcase all artistic expressions as well as cultural and scientific phenomena. The Becker Children's Wing and the Wonder Wing provide interactive learning for young visitors. Some exhibitions present fascinating looks at local history, flora and fauna. Others, like animated prehistoric beasts, bring ancient epochs to life. Their festive holiday displays draw thousands of visitors. Free parking. Group tours and birthday parties are available.

 

Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair
973-746-5555
The Museum has a respected national and international reputation for its fine collection of American art and Native American art and artifacts. Included are approximately 15,000 objects, more than 600 of which represent the development of American painting from the mid-18th century to the present. The collection also encompasses works on paper, and sculpture. The extensive Native American holdings of some 6,000 objects, represents the cultural development of various peoples in the Plains, Southwest, California Intermountain, Northwest, and Eastern Woodlands regions of North America, with particularly distinguished examples of baskets and jewelry.

 

The Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown
973-971-3700
Originally formed in 1913 by a collection of objects for display in a curio cabinet at the Morristown Neighborhood House, the Morris Museum is now the 3rd largest museum in New Jersey and currently consists of approximately 48,000 objects. The Museum’s growing collection of fine art is composed of European and American Paintings from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, as well as contemporary prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs. The Costume and textile collection consists of clothing and accessories for women, men, and children, as well as American quilts, samplers and lace. The doll and toy collection, spans the 19th and 20th centuries and includes a collection of children’s furniture. The anthropology collection consists of ethnographic and archaeological specimens from Native American, Oceanic, African, Asian and North and South American cultures. The natural science collection includes vertebrates and invertebrates (including live animals) anthropoids, mollusks, mammals, birds, and reptiles. The Museum’s largest collection is in geology and paleontology, which focuses largely on the minerals of New Jersey and regional dinosaur remains.

 

The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark
800-7MUSEUM
973-596-6550
973-596-6529
The not for profit Newark Museum was founded in 1909 and today is the largest museum complex in New Jersey. They underwent a $23 million renovation in 1989 and houses 80 beautifully designed galleries including American Painting and Sculptures, Decorative Arts, Africa, The Americas and The Pacific, Classical Art, Arts of Asia, Numismatics and the Sciences. The Ballantine House, a restored 1885 mansion which is a National Historic Landmark is also on the premises. In addition, the Dreyfuss Planetarium, a mini zoo, gift shops, a cafe, an auditorium and a sculpture garden are on the grounds.The Museum Shop features a variety of fine quality gifts from around the world for individuals and their homes. The Junior Shop features a wide range of educational toys and books to stimulate the minds of young artists and scientists.

 

NJ Naval Museum
78 River Street
Hackensack
201-342-3268

The NJ Naval Museum offers tours aboard the USS Link 297 - a 2500 ton, 312 feet long BALAO class fleet submarine used during World War II. Other exhibits and artifacts include items such as a Patrol Boat Riverine which is the only one in the Northeastern United States, Japanese Kaiten IIs (WWII Japanese suicide torpedo), WWII German Seahund 2 man coastal defense submarines, sand from Imo-Jima and more. Guided tours of the LING are available for a small fee. The last tour start time is 3:30 PM. Admission to the museum building and grounds are free. They also offer "Be a Captain For a Day" birthday parties, a Sleepover program for scouts and students which offers groups the opportunity to spend the night aboard the USS Link 297. Group discounts are available.

 

NJ State Museum
205 West State Street
Trenton
609-292-6464
Established in 1895, the New Jersey State Museum features a four level building that collects, exhibits and interprets natural history, archaeology, ethnology, cultural history and fine art. The first level is devoted to changing exhibitions. Other galleries allocated for short-term exhibitions are devoted to showcasing New Jersey Arts, as well as the New Jersey State Museum's permanent collections. The second floor and lower levels feature the natural history of New Jersey, and selections of fine arts, cultural history, archaeology and ethnology. An adjacent 416-seat auditorium and an adjoining 150 seat state of the art Planetarium are also on the grounds. The museum offers hands on workshops, talks, gallery walks, demonstrations, performing arts events, children's theatre, group tours and planetarium sky shows.

 

NJ State Police Museum & Learning Center
Route 175
West Trenton
609-882-2000
A museum featuring memorabilia from top crimes that took place in New Jersey, including the Lindbergh case. Many interactive exhibits including a crime scene where you try to determine the specifics of the murder.

 

Northlandz Great American Railway & Doll Museum
495 Route 202
Flemington
908-782-4022
Bruce Zaccagnino began building a railway lover's paradise in 1972. Today, Northlandz consists of 6 separate tours all under one roof. The Great American Railway is a one mile tour following 125 trains running through 3 1/2 story mountains, valleys, cities, villages and over 4000 hand-crafted buildings. Over 300 bridges, including the longest at 40 feet, are stretched out on over 8 miles of this track. La Peep Dollhouse is a 94 room doll mansion with an indoor swimming pool, ballroom with doggie band and a two-story library. The Doll Museum has a collection of over 150 special dolls from around the world. The American Music Hall houses a 2,000 pipe organ in a 250 seat theater which plays several times each day. The Art Gallery is home to 250 paintings and works of art by over 100 galleries. The Club Car Cafe is new and includes numerous munchies from Nathan's Hot Dogs to Ice Cream.

The Noyes Museum of Art
733 Lily Lake Road
Oceanville, NJ 08231
609-652-8848
The Noyes Museum of Art, just 15 minutes from Atlantic City, New Jersey wonderfully blends artistic creations with a beautiful natural setting. Opened in 1983, The Noyes Museum was the vision of entrepreneurs Fred W. Noyes, Jr. and Ethel Noyes, who also created the Historic Towne of Smithville. The Noyeses were avid collectors of art and antiques. An academically-trained artist, Fred Noyes reflected his love of South Jersey\'s natural features in his artwork. The Museum\'s permanent collection contains many of the Noyeses\' paintings and personal collections.Today, the Noyes Museum maintains our founders\' dedication to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of southern New Jersey. As the only art museum in the region, The Noyes seeks to serve residents and visitors by presenting stimulating exhibitions and programs. The Noyes Museum displays a growing collection of American fine and folk art, an exceptional collection of vintage bird decoys, and outstanding special exhibitions featuring works by leading regional and national artists, plus programs, workshops and community events.

Old Barrack's Museum
Barrack Street
Trenton
609-396-1776
The Old Barracks Museum, originally built in 1758 to house troops during the French and Indian War, is best remembered for its role in the 1776 and 1777 Battles of Trenton during the Revolutionary War. The Old Barracks was first opened as a museum in 1902 by a group of patriotic women who purchased the building and enlisted the help of several patriotic societies to help run the operation. The museum is an educational institution dedicated to interpreting American culture and the history of Colonial and Revolutionary New Jersey. They offer group tours, walk-in tours for individuals or small groups, a summer day camp and a new youth group "Camp-In" where children have a hands on experience of a colonial soldier and spend the night in the Barracks. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24-25, Jan.1 and Easter.

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
New York Avenue and the Boardwalk
Atlantic City
609-347-2001
A bizarre museum featuring a variety of unusual and "unbelievable" items. Some of these include an 8'11" man with a size 37AA shoe, a cathedral which was one of 21 hand-crafted rooms in George Tomasco's miniature chateau, a double eyed man from China, a stringless harp, a shrunken head, a bridge created using over 160,000 match sticks, a 12'10" tire that weighs 12,000 pounds and much more. Many interactive exhibits are on display during this self-guided tour. The museum is open daily from May to August, 10am to 10pm and From September to April, Monday through Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday/Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

 

Snowmobile Barn Museum
Dixon Road
Fredon
973-383-1708

Housed in a 6,000 square foot barn the Snowmobile Barn Museum traces over 90 years of snowmobiling history with a rare and magnificent collection of over 130 sleds and thousands of assorted collectible items such as toys, ornaments, jewelry, advertisements, and much more. The entire collection numbers over 400 unique sleds. Many of the sleds on display are one of a kind snow machines such as a wooden replica of a 1924 Eliason motorized toboggan, a 1951 12 person Bombardier B12, Play Cat and Ridge Runner which can be driven over the snow and in the water. Children will enjoy feeding the farm animals which include pygmy goats, sheep, a llama, emus, rabbits, guinea hens, chickens and "Frick" the duck. If you’re interested in viewing the collection or for more information, please call between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A suggested donation would be appreciated. Be sure to visit their unique gift shop before you depart.

 

Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
Ogdensburg
973-209-7212
Sterling Hill, named after Lord Sterling who owned the property from 1761-1776, is a world famous 30 acre underground zinc mine located in Northwestern NJ. It is one of only two mines that make up one of the most renowned mining districts in the world, representing two centuries of American mining history, technology, mining law and the earth sciences. Over 340 minerals can be found in the district including Zincite, Willemite and Franklinite. 10% of all of those minerals know are present here, which is a world record for the number of species from a single locality. The non-profit museum has been listed on the Register of Historic Sites since 1991. The museum offers a 30 minute presentation in the exhibit hall followed by a 90 minute mine tour. Please be advised that the mine is a mere 56 degrees year round. Located outside of the mine is the Discovery Rock Center which is a big field of rocks imported from the around the tri state area. Visitors participate in a search and find and get to keep the 6 rocks as their reward. A concession stand and fully stocked gift shop are located on the premises and indoor and outdoor picnic tables are available.

 

US Bicycle Hall of Fame
145 West Main Street
Somerville
908-722-3620

The US Bicycle Hall of Fame offers historical photographs, trophies, medals, newspaper clippings, videos and memorabilia relating to competitive and recreation cycling. They have inducted over 100 persons and many of inductees themselves have donated many of these items and over the years, friends, family members and acquaintances have also contributed items to preserve the memories of the cycling greats from the United States. The Hall of Fame will ensure that these mementos, reflecting over 100 years of the cycling sport, will receive proper care to be shared with the entire cycling community for many years to come. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10AM to 4PM, Saturday, 10AM to 3PM (Seasonal) and By Appointment.

 

Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center
on the campus of Montclair State University
8 Quarry Road
Little Falls
973-655-2377
Permanent and rotating exhibits about baseball and Yankee history as well as Yogi Berra's storied career. The Museum serves as a dynamic educational facility in the area with topical programs for all ages and a rich variety of interests. They are open Wednesday through Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m. Closed on all major holidays as well as from December 24 through January 8. The Museum is open 7 days a week for special events, tours, private and/or corporate parties. Members and children under 5 admitted free.

 

 
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