Museums in Central Jersey

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Central New Jersey is home to over 80 museums, making it easy for you and your little ones to learn about our state in fun, interactive environments right in your back yard.  See the world’s largest model train at Northlandz in Flemington, experience prehistoric fossils and skeletons at the Rutgers University Geology Museum in New Brunswick, or learn about our state’s natural history at Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside.  This guide will help plan your family’s next Central Jersey museum adventure, whether you are looking to go big at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, or stay local at your town’s Historical Society Museum.

Are you looking to browse all of New Jersey’s 230+ museums?  Visit our North Jersey Museums and South Jersey Museums guides.

Here are the Museums in Central New Jersey:

Hunterdon County:

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Northlandz, featuring the world’s largest model train, in Flemington.

Califon Historical Society Station Museum – 5 Center St, Califon, NJ 07830
Doric House114 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822
Franklin Mineral Museum and Nature Center, 32 Evans Street, Franklin, NJ 07416
Historic Courthouse, 75 Main St., Flemington, NJ 08822
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
 – 1605 Daniel Bray Hwy, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Howell Living History Farm – 1605 Daniel Bray Hwy, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Hunterdon Art Museum – 7 Lower Center St, Clinton, NJ 08809
Hunterdon County Historical Society – 114 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822
James Wilson Marshall House – 60 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530
Northlandz – 495 US-202, Flemington, NJ 08822
Prevost House  1100 Milford-Frenchtown Road, Alexandria 08848
Reading Township Museums – 114 Dreahook Road, Stanton, NJ 08885
Red Mill Museum Village – 56 Main St, Clinton, NJ 08809
Samuel Fleming House – 5 Bonnell St, Flemington, NJ 08822
Solitude Heritage Museum – 117 Van Syckles Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827
Tewksbury Historical Society Museum, 60 Water St, Lebanon, NJ 08833
Township of Lebanon Museum at New Hampton – 57 Musconetcong River Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827

Mercer County:

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Kids join in at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, Photo via bylandersea.com

Bainbridge House – 158 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542
Benjamin Temple House – 27 Federal City Road, Ewing, NJ 08638
Brearley House – 100 Meadows Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Camp Olden Civil War Round Table and Museum
 – 2202 Kuser Rd, Hamilton Township, NJ 08690
Clarke House Museum – 500 Mercer Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540
Drumthwacket – 354 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Ely House Museum – 164 North Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520
Grounds for Sculpture – 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Hopewell Museum – 28 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Isaac Watson House – 151 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ 08619
John Abbott II House – 2200 Kuser Road, Hamilton, NJ 08691
Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum
 – 999 Lower Ferry Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Kuser Farm Mansion – 390 Newkirk Ave, Hamilton Township, NJ 08610
Meredith Havens Fire Museum of Trenton  244 Perry Street, Trenton, NJ 08618
Morven Museum & Garden
 – 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey – 1 Memorial Drive, Trenton, NJ 08608
New Jersey State Museum – 205 NJ-29, Trenton, NJ 08625
New Jersey State Police Museum and Learning Center – River Rd, Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Old Barracks Museum – 101 Barrack St, Trenton, NJ 08608
Port Mercer Canal House – 4278 Quakerbridge Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540
Princeton University Art Museum – Princeton University btw. Elm Dr & Washington Rd, Princeton, NJ 08544
Rider University Art Gallery – 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
Sarnoff Museum at TCNJ
 – The College of New Jersey at G Street, Ewing, NJ 08628
Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie – 299 Parkside Ave, Trenton, NJ 08606
Washington Crossing State Park – 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560
William Trent House – 15 Market St, Trenton, NJ 08611

Middlesex County:

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Rutgers University Geology Museum in New Brunswick, Photo via geologymuseum.rutgers.edu

Barron Arts Center – 582 Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Buccleuch Mansion  200 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Buckelew
 Mansion 
– Buckelew Ave, Jamesburg, NJ 08831
Cornelius Low House – 1225 River Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Cranbury Museum – 4 Park Pl E, Cranbury, NJ 08512
East Brunswick Museum – 16 Maple St, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
East Jersey Olde Towne Village – 1050 River Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Kearny Cottage – 63 Catalpa Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Metlar-Bodine House – 1281 River Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Museum of American Hungarian Foundation
 – 300 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Proprietary House – 149 Kearny Ave, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Rutgers University Geology Museum – 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Sayreville Historical Society Museum – 425 Main Street, Sayreville, New Jersey 08872
Stone Museum – 608 Spotswood Englishtown Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum – 37 Christie St, Edison, NJ 08820
The Thomas Warne Museum – 4216 Highway 516, Old Bridge, NJ 07747
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University – 71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Monmouth County:

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Play while you learn, at Silver Ball Museum in Asbury Park

Allaire Village – 4265 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Allen House
 
– 400 Sycamore Ave, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Centennial Cottage
 
– 50 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
Covenhoven House – 150 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Eatontown Historical Museum
 – 75 Broad St, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Holmes-Hendrickson House – 62 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
InfoAge – 2201 Marconi Rd, Wall Township, NJ 07719
Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County – 310 Mounts Corner Dr, Freehold, NJ 07728
Keyport Fire Museum – 86 Broad St, Keyport, NJ 07735
MacKenzie Museum – 427 Lakewood Farmingdale Rd, Howell, NJ 07731
Monmouth County Historical Association Museum – 70 Court St, Freehold, NJ 07728
Monmouth Museum – 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Museum of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove – 50 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756
National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey – Sea Girt Ave & Camp Dr, Sea Girt, NJ 08750
New Jersey Museum of Transportation – 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township, NJ 07727
Old Ardena Schoolhouse – Old Tavern Road Howell, NJ 07731
Silver Ball Museum – 1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Spring Lake Historical Society Museum – 5th St, Spring Lake, NJ 07762
Stephen Crane House Museum – 508 Fourth Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Township of Ocean Historical Museum – 703 Deal Rd, Ocean, NJ 07712
Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center – 1 Memorial Ln, Holmdel, NJ 07733

Ocean County:

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Insectropolis Bugseum in Toms River

Barnegat Historic Heritage Village – E Bay Ave, Barnegat, NJ 08005
Bay Head Historical Society Museum – 1643 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
Berkeley Historical Museum – 630 Atlantic City Boulevard, Bayville, NJ 08721
Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum – 35 Leitz Blvd, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Havens Homestead Museum – 521 Herbertsville Rd, Brick, NJ 08724
Insectropolis – 1761 U.S. 9, Toms River, NJ 08755
Island Heights Cottage Museum – 105 Simpson Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732
John F. Peto Studio Museum – 102 Cedar Ave, Island Heights, NJ 08732
Lacey Schoolhouse Museum – 126 U.S. 9, Forked River, NJ 08731
Lakehurst Historical Museum – 300 Center St, Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Lakewood Heritage Museum – 655 Princeton Ave, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Little Red Schoolhouse Museum – 182 Wells Mills Road, P.O. Box 138, Waretown, NJ 08758
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences – 120 Long Beach Blvd, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008
Long Beach Island Museum – 129 Engleside Ave, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Navy Lakehurst Information Center – 264 Hope Chapel Road Lakehurst, NJ 08733
New Jersey Maritime Museum – 528 Dock Rd, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
New Jersey Museum of Boating – 1800 Bay Ave, Pt Pleasant Boro, NJ 08742
Ocean County Museum – 26 Hadley Ave, Toms River, NJ 08753
Ocean Gate Museum – 800 Asbury Avenue, Ocean Gate, NJ 08740
Point Pleasant Historical Society Museum – 416 New Jersey Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Prospertown Schoolhouse Museum – 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ 08527
Toms River Maritime Museum – 78 E Water St, Toms River, NJ 08753
Tuckerton Seaport – 120 W Main St #1, Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Somerset County:

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The Children’s Museum of Somerset County in Bridgewater, Photo via The Children’s Museum Facebook

Bedensville Schoolhouse – 244 Orchard Road, Montgomery, NJ 08558
Brick Academy
 
– 15 W Oak St, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
Children’s Museum of Somerset
 
– 120 Finderne Ave # 113, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica – 614 Greenbrook Rd, North Plainfield, NJ 07063
Hangman Farm – 209 S Middlebush Rd, Somerset, NJ 08873
Jacobus Vanderveeer House & Museum – 1 River Road Park, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
Old Millstone Forge Museum – 25-33 North River Street, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
Old Dutch Parsonage – 71 Somerset St, Somerville, NJ 08876
Printmaking Council of New Jersey – 440 River Rd, Branchburg, NJ 08876
Rockingham House – 84 Laurel Ave, Kingston, NJ 08528
Somerville Fire Department Museum – 23 N Doughty Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876
United States Golf Association Museum – 77 Liberty Corner Rd, Far Hills, NJ 07931
Van Harlingen Historical Society Farm Museum – 506 Co Rd 601, Belle Mead, NJ 08502
Van Lieul-Suydam House – 280 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
Wallace House – 71 Somerset St, Somerville, NJ 08876

Union County:

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Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside, Photo via njplaygrounds.com

Caldwell Parsonage – 909 Caldwell Ave, Union, NJ 07083
Carter House
 
– 90 Butler Pkwy, Summit, NJ 07901
Dr. William Robinson Plantation Museum
 – 593 Madison Hill Rd, Clark, NJ 07066
Drake House Museum – 602 W Front St, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University – 1003 Morris Ave, Union, NJ 07083
Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum – 1623 St George Ave, Rahway, NJ 07065
Miller-Cory House – 614 Mountain Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090
Trailside Nature & Science Center – 452 New Providence Rd, Mountainside, NJ 07092
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey – 68 Elm St, Summit, NJ 07901

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