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Arts & Museums
The Edison Memorial Tower and Museum offers an insight into the life and works of science genius, Thomas Alva Edison. As an ode to his remarkable contribution to the field, this tower museum is built on the very site of his original work laboratory. It houses a great collection of articles, books and photographs on his inventions, as well as family memorabilia. Learn about the mechanism of the phonograph, the electrical distribution and the carbon button transmitter, among over 400 of his patents. A gigantic symbolic representation of his iconic invention, the light bulb, makes its way to the top of the tower. In addition, this museum features on the National Register of Historic Places.
Located on the Rutgers University and featuring over 60,000 permanent exhibits, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum has worked tirelessly towards the preservation and promotion of art in New Brunswick. What awaits you here is not just contemporary American art, but 19th century Soviet and French art too. A research library proves to be a useful resource for students and aficionados who can avail of the exhaustive material available here. Check website for details on any upcoming exhibitions or events.
South River Museum is located at the site of the Old School Baptist Church founded in 1805. The Museum exhibits recount South River’s history and the structure was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
The Robinson Plantation House is a historical home that dates back to the 17th Century. This frame house is now transformed into Dr. Wm. Robinson Plantation & Museum that is open to all visitors. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it is also referred to as Seventeenth Century Clark House.
Merchants and Drovers Tavern is a historic tavern that is now transformed in to a museum that chronicles the travel and leisure life of early America. For details, check website.
The Crane-Phillips House is a Victorian-style cottage located in Cranford, New Jersey. It is now a museum which is operated by the Cranford Historical Society and it shows how life was for modest families in the Victorian opulence era. The museum displays a lot of artifacts like Native American, American Civil and Revolutionary War artifacts, to name a few. This museum was added to National Register of Historic Places on August 14, 1997.
Built in 1723 by John Bowne III, it was given its name after Major John Burrowes, Jr bought the house in 1769. It passed hands a few times till the Borough of Matawan obtained the property in 1974. The Burrowes Mansion Museum is run by the Matawan Historical Society and is now a local history museum. It features period rooms, antique furniture and vintage memorabilia. It is only open on the first and third Sundays from April through October. The timings are 2p to 4p.
In 1945, Jacques Marchais founded a museum to house her collection of Tibetan art. She designed two fieldstone buildings, a library and a museum, to resemble a Himalayan temple. The Museum is surrounded by meditation gardens with statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan prayer flags, and a lotus and fish pond. The collection primarily consists of Tibetan Buddhist art from Tibet, Mongolia, and Northern China and dates from the 15th to the early 20th century. The collection is especially rich in statues of buddhas, lamas, arhats, protector deities and thangka paintings as well as excellent examples of 18th century Qianlong cloisonné. There is a giftshop featuring items made by Tibetan artisans.
Founded in 1933 by 7 artists who sought to foster a love for the arts in the city of Summit, the Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey has come a long way since then, and is now recognized as the pioneer of art educational programs in New Jersey. Discussions, symposiums, workshops, exhibitions and film screenings are regularly organized, while the 9 studios, the art school and galleries are put to good use by artists. An outdoor event space can be hired for private, social and business events too. Check website for further details. Suggested donations apply.
Take a tour of the Woodruff House and the Eaton Store Museum and explore the beautifully restored home. Managed by the Hillside Historical Society, it was included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Explore, play, be a firefighter, ride a boat, fish, act like an insect, and learn about animals. At the Staten Island Children's Museum, children have an opportunity to explore the world around them. There's a construction zone where kids can learn about houses and how they are built; they even get to use a digger and decorate!
Located in Snug Harbor Cultural Center, the Noble Maritime Collection has managed to preserve and study maritime history. Navigators and researchers from all over the world showcase their findings here. The main purpose of the museum is to preserve and promote the historical writings, and arts of marine artist John A. Nobel. Ship models, rare maritime collections and Noble's houseboat studio are to be seen here.