New Jersey Museums
Looking to spend a day either beating the heat or hiding from rain? Check out a museum!
Courtesy of Liberty Science Center
Looking to spend a day either beating the heat or hiding from rain? We’ve collected information on the following museums near you that have family-friendly happenings this summer.
American Museum of Natural History (New York)
Admission: $22; Kids 2–12: $12.50 (IMAX and Planetarium extra)
Daily: 10 am–5:45 pm
Known for its cultural exhibits and scientific collections, AMNH is one of the world’s preeminent museums. This summer features exhibits including Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs and The Power of Poison, and films such as Spiders Alive! and IMAX: Great White Shark.
Aviation Hall of Fame (Teterboro)
Admission: $8; Kids: $6
Tues–Sun: 10 am–4 pm
Dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey’s aviation and space heritage, the museum displays historic aircrafts, air and space artifacts, photographs, fine art, and a model collection. Head on over for Open Cockpit Weekend (July 26–27), where visitors can step inside the museum’s airplanes and helicopters to learn how aircrafts fly and ask pilots questions.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York)
Admission: $11; Kids under 1: free
Sun–Fri: 10 am–5 pm; Sat: 10 am–7 pm
CMOM offers families the opportunity to explore cultures through unique, interactive exhibits. This summer, check out JAZZED! The Changing Beat of 125th Street, as well as different daily programs.
Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill)
Admission: $10.95; Kids under 1 year: free
Mon–Thurs: 9:30 am–8:30 pm; Fri–Sun: 9:30 am–5:30 pm
South Jersey’s largest children’s museum offers interactive and educational entertainment. Stop by all summer long for weekly arts and science events, plus the Groovin’ and Grubbin’ Festival, a free outdoor concert series with gourmet food trucks every Wednesday in July.
Hoboken Historical Museum (Hoboken)
Admission: $2; Kids: free
Tues–Thurs: 2–7 pm; Fri: 1–5 pm; Sat–Sun: 12–5 pm
HHM aims to promote exploration and understanding of the city’s history, culture, and architecture. Although it will be closed through July due to exhibition changes, head over starting on August 3 for the Hoboken, Ellis Island, and the Immigrant Experience, 1892-1924 exhibit and later in the month for the Heirloom Tomato-Tasting Festival.
Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton)
Tues–Sun: 11 am–5 pm
Founded by Hunterdon County locals, this museum has become the region’s premier showcase of contemporary art. Summer exhibits include Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic and Artist Founders of the Hunterdon Art Museum.
Courtesy of Hunterdon Art Museum
Insectropolis (Toms River)
Admission: $8; Kids under 2 years: free
Tues–Sat: 10 am–3 pm
Discover the lives of insects and learn to appreciate the bugs in our world at New Jersey’s bugseum. Explore 12 exhibits, including Creepy Cavern and Hive Airport, and check the website for more summer events.
Courtesy of Insectropolis
Liberty Hall Museum (Union)
Admission: $10; Kids 3–17: $6
Mon–Sat: 10 am–4 pm
Built in 1772, this Kean University museum houses collections that allow visitors to experience the past. Stop by this summer for special events, including Summer Movie Night, Summer Family Fun Day, A Child’s View of History, and more.
Liberty Science Center (Jersey City)
Admission: $19.75; Kids 2–12: $14.75 (IMAX extra)
Mon–Fri: 9 am–3 pm; Sat–Sun: 9 am–5:30 pm
LSC focuses on three basic topics: health, environment, and invention. Check out interactive exhibits like Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog and Beyond Rubik’s Cube, and IMAX films like Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (Morristown)
Admission: $8; Kids under 2: free (Concerts extra)
Wed–Thurs, Sun: 1–4 pm
Located in Morristown’s National Historic District, this 19th century house features the nation’s largest collection of art by political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Explore his works in the Thomas Nast Brings Down Boss Tweed exhibit, and check out the museum’s Summer Concert Series on Sundays throughout July.
Miller Cory House Museum (Westfield)
Admission: $3; Kids under 4: free
Sun: 2–4 pm
Built in 1740, this nationally recognized living museum introduces visitors to 18th and 19th century farm life. Tour the farmhouse and watch open-hearth cooking demonstrations, and check the website for more special events throughout the summer.
Monmouth Museum (Lincroft)
Admission: $4; Kids under 2: free (Planetarium extra)
Tues–Sun, Tues–Sat: 10 am–5 pm; Sun: 12–5 pm
The Becker Children’s Wing is perfect for kids ages 6–12. This summer’s exhibits include Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate and the Green Arts Studio, as well as planetarium shows.
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair)
Admission $12; Kids under 12: free
Wed–Sun: 12–5 pm
Devoted to American and Native American art forms, MAM is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Head on over for Free First Friday (free admission on July 4 and August 1) and exhibits like 100 Works for 100 Years: A Centennial Celebration.
Morris Museum (Morristown)
Admission: $10; Kids 3–12: $7 (Bickford Theatre extra)
Tues–Sun, Tues–Sat: 11 am–5 pm; Sun: 12–5 pm
This museum boasts art, culture, history, and science exhibits, as well as the Bickford Theatre. Families will enjoy The Honey and the Hive: The Sweet Story of Honeybees and Mega Model Trains exhibits, in addition to festivals and shows this summer.
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts (Madison)
Admission: $5; Kids: $3
Tues–Sun, Tues–Sat: 10 am–4 pm; Sun: 1–5 pm
METC aims to enhance the understanding of our country’s past with programs, collections, exhibitions, and demonstrations. Don’t miss the free Downtown Concert Series, Family Fun Days, and various exhibit lectures.
National Museum of Mathematics (New York)
Admission: $15; Kids under 12: $9
Daily: 10 am–5 pm
This summer, see math in an exciting new way by exploring MoMath. In addition to special summertime events, this museum boasts 15 interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages.
New Jersey Children’s Museum (Paramus)
Admission: $9.99; Kids: $11.99
Tues–Sun: 10 am–5 pm
For a day of hands-on fun, head to NJCM this summer. Interact with 12 exhibits, including a real fire truck, dinosaur cave, ballet studio, medieval castle, and play hospital, and check the website for special weekly events.
New Jersey State Museum (Trenton)
Admission: $5; Kids under 12: free (Planetarium extra)
Tues–Sun, 9 am–4:45 pm
Exploring the cultural and natural diversity of New Jersey’s past and present, the museum’s summer line-up includes planetarium shows and the exhibits Drawn to Dinosaurs: Hadrosaurus Foulkii and Nano.
Newark Museum (Newark)
Admission: $12; Kids: $7
Wed–Sun: 12–5 pm
New Jersey’s largest museum hosts 80 galleries of collections, a planetarium, and hands-on art and science exhibits. This summer, be sure to check out Ready Or Not, the New Jersey Arts Annual, to admire works by some of the Garden State’s best visual artists.
Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia)
Admission: $17; Kids under 1: free
Mon–Sat: 9 am–5 pm; Sun: 11 am–5 pm
Residing in neighboring Philly, this children’s museum aims to create learning opportunities through play. We Live Philly Sports Festival, Star Wars Day, and Olivia the Pig Story Time and Meet and Greet are just a few of the museum’s many summertime events.
Princeton University Art Museum (Princeton)
Tues–Sun, Tues–Wed, Fri–Sat: 10 am–5 pm; Thurs: 10 am–10 pm; Sun: 1–5 pm
This free institution is one of the world’s greatest comprehensive museums in an academic setting. See exhibits like Rothko to Richter: Mark-Making in Abstract Painting from the Collection of Preston H. Haskell this summer, and stop by on Saturdays and Sundays for gallery tours.
Staten Island Children’s Museum (Staten Island)
Admission: $6; Kids under 1: free
Tues–Sun: 10 am–5 pm
Located on the grounds of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, SICM focuses on encouraging creativity and curiosity in children through hands-on experiences. Explore a real fire truck, board a pirate ship, and more this summer.
The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster)
Mon–Sat: 9 am–3 pm
The Center focuses on challenging and inspiring the community to study, experience, and create the visual arts. Stop by to see the Non-Juried Members’ Exhibit, and check the website for upcoming children and teen art classes.
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit)
Admission: $5; Kids: $3
Mon–Wed, Fri: 10 am–5 pm; Thurs: 10 am–8 pm; Sat–Sun: 11 am–4 pm
The state’s largest institution dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art will feature camps for kids and new exhibits this summer. Check the website for more information.
Whippany Railway Museum (Whippany)
Admission: $1; Kids under 12: 50 cents( Train rides extra)
Daily: 12–4 pm
Not only does this museum allow visitors to explore the history of New Jersey’s railroad history, but it offers old-fashioned train rides through the countryside on six weekends during the summer. Check the website for the complete excursion train ride schedule.
Courtesy of Whippany Railway Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum (New Brunswick)
Admission: $6; Kids under 18: free
Tues–Fri: 10 am–4:30 pm; Sat–Sun: 12–5 pm (Closed in August)
This Rutgers University-based museum strives to provide the surrounding community with world-class works of art. Don’t miss out on Free First Sunday (free admission on July 6) or one of many summer exhibits, like Bugs and Frogs and Toads! Oh My! Original Children’s Illustrations by Nancy Winslow Parker.