New Jersey Museums for Every Interest
When you visit New Jersey, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do and see, no matter what your interests are. Discover something new with these exciting museums and attractions. Just pick your passion, and go from there!
Looking for spectacular examples of architecture in New Jersey? Start at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, a grandiose place of worship, where oversized bronze doors feature detailed reliefs of major religious figures. The interior showcases intricate mosaics, colorful stained glass, delicate woodwork and grand ceilings. Stop by during Sunday Mass to hear the Cathedral Choir, or catch a special organ recital.
About an hour drive from Newark is the New Jersey State House in Trenton, the country’s second oldest state house in continuous use, featuring a majestic gold leaf-covered dome and a dramatic rotunda. Make sure to take the FREE, guided tour for a detailed account on the history, art and architecture of this grand space.
With more than 12,000 works of art, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton is a must-visit destination for those looking to experience an array of works: paintings, prints, drawings and more. This comprehensive museum especially shines when displaying the works of American artists.
While you’re here, don’t miss A Much Loved People: Preserving Traditions of the Delaware Indians (on extended view), showcasing Native American handicraft objects that illustrate how the Delaware Indians created meaningful and beautiful works of art, from basketry to carved pieces.
Installations, photography, paintings, mixed media and more come together through the Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster), giving contemporary art enthusiasts a dose of inspiration. Another great place to stop in Newark is the Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art, which seeks out the work of emerging and under-represented artists and brings the work of more established artists to the community.
Boasting a collection of 20,000 pieces and a research library and archives, the Museum of American Glass in Millville has one of the most comprehensive collections of American glass in the world. While you’re here, make sure to check out the Historic American Glass collection to learn about Southern New Jersey’s long heritage in glasswork.
History buffs will find no shortage of historic attractions, museums and battlefields in New Jersey. Visit the Cornelius Low House in Piscataway, which is one of only two surviving structures from the 1700s Raritan Landing Colonial port community. Museum admission and all programs are FREE and open to the public.
Also built in the 1700s, the structure for the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton once served as quarters for British regulars during the French and Indian War. Today it offers tours and interpretations of American Colonial life. Get even more ideas for unique history museums in New Jersey.
Airplane enthusiasts can take their pick from a number of aviation museums in New Jersey, such as The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey in Teterboro, housing everything from the first American hovercraft, helicopters, airplane models and more. At the Air Victory Museum in Lumberton, spend some time marveling at an array of aircraft, engines, missiles, torpedoes, military uniforms and more.
Space & Stars
Travel to far away galaxies – or at least feel like it – when you visit the Planetarium at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, featuring laser light shows and precise projections of more than 6,000 stars. As the largest planetarium in the state, this impressive indoor attraction boasts a state-of-the-art Full DomeVideo. Check the latest schedule of planetarium shows.
Sports fans will love the memorabilia, educational programs and character-focused exhibits at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center in Little Falls. While you're here, try on baseball mitts from different eras, see how fast you can pitch a ball and peruse 76 painted portraits by legendary baseball artist Andy Jurinko in the exhibit New York City's Golden Boys.
Locomotive lovers won’t want to miss the Whippany Railway Museum (in Whippany), where they can view unique pieces with ties to New Jersey history. From steam locomotives to a historic Railbus to cabin cars, there’s so much to see and explore. This museum also offers special holiday train rides, from the Easter Bunny Express to the Pumpkin Festival train rides.