Family Fun — So Much to See at New Jersey’s Museums

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Walk through the doors of New Jersey’s world-class museums, and find yourself transported into an arts and cultural mecca of learning and discovery. Explore our acclaimed special exhibitions and enriching programs for children and adults.

The Newark Museum is New Jersey’s largest museum, offering outstanding collections, programs and educational resources in its multi-building campus located in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts District. In addition to the 80 galleries of art and science, a mini zoo, a planetarium, a cafe, gift shops and an auditorium, the Newark Museum also contains a sculpture garden, an actual schoolhouse dating to 1784 and the Ballantine House.
Jersey City
Discover the joy and excitement of science and technology in an interactive environment at Liberty Science Center, located in Jersey City at Liberty State Park offers unique insights into science and technology for visitors of all ages.
The center features a distinctive building with hundreds of hands-on and theme-specific exhibits covering invention, health and the environment. Also has the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater. Filling the viewers’ peripheral vision, the screen makes the audience feel as if they are actually experiencing the places featured in the film.
The New Jersey State Museum is located in the state’s capital, Trenton. This unique museum consists of four in one place, along with the largest Planetarium in the state that can project more than 6,000 stars.
The Archaeology & Ethnography collection encompasses over two million prehistoric and historic specimens from nearly 100 years of excavation. Fine Art collection has over 12,000 works of art including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs. Cultural History collection includes over 13,000 artifacts documenting New Jersey’s cultural, economic, military, political, and social history, as well as aspects of its decorative arts. Natural History space is currently investigating several sites in the Rocky Mountain region to add to the collection.
Atlantic City
While on the Boardwalk, visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. See strange and unusual exhibits from Robert Ripley’s travels. Ripley was a cartoonist, explorer, reporter, adventurer, illustrator and collector, a man who lived a life that can only be summed up by the statement he himself created “Believe It or Not.”
Far Hills
The United States Golf Association Museum (USGA), located in Far Hills is home to the world’s premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia including items from great players of the past to current stars like Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods. Check out the Pynes Putting Course, inspired by the world-renowned Himalayas putting course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Visitors have the opportunity to reserve a tee time and putt with replica antique clubs and balls.
The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is known for its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context. The Museum’s 
collection began with gifts from prominent Montclair 
residents and now has grown to over 12,000 works. MAM is celebrating its centennial throughout 2014.
The Morris Museum is an award-winning, family-oriented institution offering programs in the arts, science and history. It is the only museum in New Jersey with a professional theatre that produces and presents professional productions. Museum includes the Georgian-style Frelinghuysen mansion designed by Stanford White.
The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums with collections of some 92,000 works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary, concentrating geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States and Latin America.
New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University in New Brunswick is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. The collection includes 60,000 objects ranging from ancient to contemporary art and featuring particularly rich holdings in the areas of French art of the nineteenth century, Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art, and American and European works on paper, including prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books.
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College has four galleries in the Noyes Museum change seasonally to present the finest contemporary and historic artwork in a variety of media. The Museum boasts a serene lakeside setting adjacent to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and is located minutes from downtown 
Atlantic City. There is also the 
Noyes Museum Shop in Hammonton and Noyes Gallery at Seaview 
in Galloway.
Little Falls
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center at Montclair State University features exhibits on Berra, the New York Yankees and the history of baseball. Berra anchored the New York Yankees’ dynasty from the late 1940s to early ‘60s, becoming a 15-time All-Star, winner of 10 world championships (most in baseball history) and three-time Most Valuable Player along the way.
Ever wondered what it would be like to go into a mine? Take a visit to the Franklin Mineral Museum which has a two-level mine replica. There are over 4,000 mineral specimens on display, along with a fossil and Indian room. While you are visiting, search for minerals at the world famous Buckwheat Mineral Dump.
New Jersey Aviation Museums
New Jersey’ aviation museums pay tribute to the incredible machines that gave us wings and the brave pilots who flew them in times of war and peace. From memorabilia dating back to the Wright Brothers era to modern jet fighter aircraft, the rich and noble history of the state’s aviation past offer visitors a close up view of our aeronautical history. See more on the New Jersey Aviation Museums.