American Labor Museum
83 Norwood Street
Displays and exhibits enrich the Botto House National Landmark that preserves the history of the labor movement and the culture and ethnicity of working people in the United States.
Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Artifacts, photos, and documents that chronicle New Jersey’s aeronautical history are the focal point of this museum that preserves early flight memorabilia, historic aircraft engines, and other aviation treasures.
Barrett House Museum
174 Barrett Road
Highland Lakes 973-764-6545
Sponsored by the Vernon Township Historic Society, the museum is brimming over with artifacts and antiques that display life in the 19th century and feature seasonal displays as well as an 1850s garden.
Buehler Challenger & Science Center
400 County Road
Part of a nationwide program established by the family of Challenger 51-L astronauts, the center takes advantage of simulation techniques in its programming and offers two-hour space mission simulations as well as other programs.
The Dey Mansion Museum
199 Totowa Road
This superb example of modified Georgian architecture has achieved national recognition as General George Washington’s Revolutionary War Headquarters in the Preakness Valley. Constructed circa 1740, the mansion combines Dutch and English influences as well as country and urban elements.
Franklin Mineral Museum
32 Evans Street
Fluorescent rocks and minerals are the focal point at this site that showcases local and worldwide mineral exhibits as well as a mine replica, Native American relics, and fossil and rock collecting on an open mine tailings dump.
335 North Franklin Turnpike
This New Jersey treasure and National Historic Landmark is now a museum that features a permanent collection of dolls as well as costumes and other items. The striking Gothic Revival design dates back to an 1847 renovation by architect William H. Ranlett. The house was the marriage site of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost and hosts a number of popular special events throughout the year.
Hunterdon Historical Museum
7 Lower Center Street
With more than 40,000 artifacts, the museum chronicles more than 180 years of Hunterdon County history. The largest of the numerous artifacts is the showpiece Red Mill. Take a visit back to “yesterday” as you stroll through this restored 19th Century grist mill complete with log cabin, general store, blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, and limestone quarry.
Jersey City Museum
350 Montgomery Street
Jersey City 201-413-0303
Emerging as a force for contemporary art, the museum is the premier venue in Hudson County that showcases the work of emerging and established artists.
Lambert Castle Museum
Garret Mountain Reservation
3 Valley Road
This pretentious replica of an old English castle was built by Catholina Lambert, a self-made tycoon. The observation tower and the entire Garret Mountain Reservation command breathtaking views of New York City, the valley below, and nearby mountains. Passaic County Historical Society displays period furniture, changing exhibits, textiles, and photographs in this magnificent castle.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City 201-200-1000
Interactive exhibits and activities, 3D laser shows, IMAX theater productions, and interactive field trips are just a ferry ride from Ellis Island the Statue of Liberty.
Long Pond Ironworks Museum
Long Pont Ironworks State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Road
6,911 acres are crowned by historic significance that dates back to the founding of Long Pond Ironworks in 1766. Remnants of the complex include structures that were once the furnace, forge, houses, shops, and farms. The renovated Old County Store now houses the museum.
Macculloch Hall Museum
45 Macculloch Avenue
The cornerstone of Morristown’s historic district recounts more than 200 years of Macculloch and Miller family histories and showcases an outstanding collection of 18th and 19th-century American and English fine and decorative arts.
91 Crane Avenue
Housed in Rutherford’s Yereance-Berry House, one of several 18th-Century Dutch stone houses in the immediate area, this old farmhouse-turned-museum showcases New Jersey minerals, the pre-electric kitchen, antique toys and dolls, folk arts, and many other intriguing artifacts.
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Enriched with Greek Revival architectural elements, this venue offers outstanding collections of American paintings, sculptures, works on paper, Native American art, and a 13,000 volume reference library.
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts
9 Main Street at Green Village Road
This venue presents and interprets the history and lives of the ordinary people of pre-industrial New Jersey through the preservation and exhibition of the tools, products, and household objects.
New Jersey Naval Museum
78 River Street
The USS Ling 297, a World War II-era Navy submarine, is a BALAO class fleet submarine that stretches 312 feet in length and weighs 2500 tons. Serving as the centerpiece of the museum’s exhibition, this diesel-powered boat was commissioned in 1945 but only completed one patrol run. Also included are exhibits dealing with the history and science of submarines.
The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Meticulous renovation has elevated this remarkable museum to world-class status. See outstanding 19th and 20th-Century American collections, a consecrated Tibetan collection, a renowned folk art section and a planetarium. As the largest of New Jersey’s museums, it offers education and public programs with workshops, lectures, special programs, gallery talks and concerts.
495 U.S. 202
Tour a miniature world, see a 94-room dollhouse mansion, ride a 2/3-scale steam replica train ride, and visit the doll museum.
Pascack Historical Society Museum
19 Ridge Avenue
Park Ridge 201-573-0307
Located in a former Congregational Church that dates back to 1873, this museum provides visitors with a glimpse of the past in its general store, a colonial kitchen, and the world’s only “wampum” drilling machine.
2 Market Street
Anyone with an interest in our nation’s industrial past will enjoy the dyeing, winding, warping, weaving and Jacquard loom products that gave Paterson its worldwide reputation in silk and textiles. Changing exhibits complement the museum’s permanent displays.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Park
Butler Reserve 973-334-3130
More than 1,000 acres of rugged trails, fields, forests, rock outcroppings and wetlands provide a wide range of geological and ecological experiences. Distinguished as a significant wildlife sanctuary, this area is home to over 100 species of birds and more than 30 varieties of mammals.
Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies
Rutgers University Newark
185 University Avenue
The institute houses one of the nation’s most important institutional jazz collections, preserving more than 60,000 records and articles as well as treasured artifacts like original Edison Phonograph cylinders.
Space Farms Zoo & Museum
218 Route 519
Complementing the zoo, the museum houses a large collection of rare Americana including antique autos and carriages, wagons, farm tools, kitchen utensils, household items, clocks, bicycles, big-game trophies, antique weapons, Indian artifacts, toys and dolls.
Snowmobile Barn Museum
928 Cedar Ridge Road
Housed in two sprawling barns, the museum traces more than 90 years of snowmobiling history with a rare collection of more than 300 sleds and thousands of assorted collectible items such as toys, ornaments, jewelry, and vintage advertisements.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
30 Plant Street
The state’s only underground mine tour offers an educational experience that include an informative presentation at a world-famous zinc mine.
NEW YORK CITY
New York Landmarks
Central Park Conservancy
14 E. 60th Street
New York City 212-310-6600
Everything from a zoo to gardens, fountains, sculptures, monuments, and attractions are encompassed in 843 acres in the heart of the city.
Ellis Island & Museum
New York Harbor
New York 212-363-3200
Tour the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954.
Empire State Building
New York 212-736-3100
This majestic masterpiece of Art Deco styling and world-renowned landmark offers spectacular views.
Madison Square Garden
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York 212-465-6741
The world’s most famous arena has been a showcase for big-name artists and athletes in a variety of venues.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
5th Avenue and 51st Street
New York 212-753-2261
The largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the nation serves as the center of American Catholic life.
St. Paul’s Chapel
Broadway and Fulton Street
New York 212-602-0800
This historic 1766 structure is Manhattans oldest public building in continuous use.
Statue of Liberty National Monument
New York 212-363-3200
The island is accessible by ferry from Battery Park, showcasing Lady Liberty as the consummate symbol of America and freedom.
Touted as the entertainment capital of the world and the crossroads of the world, this landmark hosts the premier New Year’s Eve celebration.
801 First Avenue at 45th Street
New York 212-963-8687
The headquarters for the world’s peacekeeping organization is located in New York City and offers tours.
West 249th Street & Independence
This public garden and cultural center overlooks the Hudson River and features more than 3,200 species of plants.
New York Museums
American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
New York City 212-265-1040
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York City 212-769-5100
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York 212-849-8400
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
New York Harbor
New York 212-363-3200
Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street
New York 212-425-1778
International Center of Photography
New York 212-857-0000
Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum
Pier 86 West 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York City 212-245-0072
The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
New York 212-423-3200
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York 212-535-7710
The Museum at FIT
Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City 212-217-4558
Museum for African Art
New York 212-444-9795
National Museum of the American Indian
Alexander Hamilton US Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York 212-514-3700
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York 212-219-1222
New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue & West 8th Street
New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street
New York City 212-691-1303
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street
New York 212-621-6600
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York 212-423-3587
South Street Seaport & Museum
199 Water Street
New York City 212-732-8257
Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York 212-570-3600
68 Morris Avenue
This exquisite Italianate mansion serves as the Morris County Historical Society headquarters and preserves collections that include costumes and textiles, historic artifacts, and fine examples of the decorative arts.
Botto House National Landmark
The American Labor Museum
83 Norwood Street
This restored property includes period rooms, gardens, and contemporary gallery space for the American Labor Museum. The house served in the early 1900s as a rallying point for thousands of striking workers.
Baylor Massacre Burial Site
Riverdale Road & Red Oak Drive
River Vale 201-336-7267
See the somber Revolutionary-era memorial that marks the final resting place for Continental soldiers that were slain by the British in 1778.
1209 Main Street
River Edge 201-261-0012
Giving new meaning to the expression Dutch Colonial, this two-room house was built by a Huguenot named David des Marest in 1678. Part of New Bridge Landing, the house is owned by the Blauvelt Demarest Foundation and available for special events.
Edison National Historic Site
211 Main Street
West Orange 973-736-0550
A replica of the world’s first motion picture studio, as well as Edison’s laboratories and Victorian estate of Glenmont are open to visitors. This site offers a fascinating view of the inventor’s legendary achievements, greatest inventions, and family life. Visitors can tour the scientist’s own laboratory as well as his Victorian home and library.
The Forges & Manor of Ringwood
1304 Sloatsburg Road
This historic site houses a splendid collection of furnishings, Hudson River School paintings, and prints and lithographs that reflect the personal preferences of a family estimated to have amassed one of the largest personal fortunes in America. The manor opens in December for Victorian Christmas and in April for Victorian Spring festivities.
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road
This living, working farm serves an educational purpose by using the tools, techniques, and materials of a turn-of-the-century agricultural operation. General Joseph Warren Revere, grandson of Paul Revere, bought the property in the mid-1800s and built the impressive Gothic Revival home.
Garretson Forge & Farm
4-02 River Road
Fair Lawn 201-797-1775
One of the oldest sites in Bergen County, this pre-revolutionary sandstone house is a living Dutch farm museum. The site is a focal point for restoration, preservation, historic digs, compilation of local history and folklore, educational programming, colonial agriculture, horticulture, and crafts. The current building of Dutch-American sandstone was begun by Peter Garretson in 1719.
Great Falls State Park & SUM National Historic District
Great Falls Historic District Cultural Center
65 McBride Avenue
Paterson is often dubbed the “Cradle of American Industry,” since it was near the Great Falls of the Passaic River that plans for an industrial metropolis were developed at the end of the 18th century. In 1791, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton focused the efforts of the Society for Establishing Useful Manufacture or SUM in Paterson at the site of the powerful Great Falls.
Historic Morristown Walking Tour
Historic Morris Visitor’s Center
Six Court Street
Take a leisurely stroll through 300 years of history in a mile and a half, beginning with the founding of Morris town in 1715. Walk through the Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution and the Gilded Age of millionaires to modern times.
333 Speedwell Avenue
This site is actually a collection of historic treasures that includes several 19th-century buildings where the first transatlantic steamship engines were made as well as the place where Morse and Vail first demonstrated the telegraph. Visitors can walk through exhibits in the carriage house, the granary, and the Vail factory. Permanent exhibits also offer information on the SS Savannah and early farm equipment.
Israel Crane House
108 Orange Road
The Montclair Historical Society invites visitors to step back into a time when beehive ovens, four poster beds, graceful gardens, blacksmith shops, and country stores were part of daily life. The landmark house built in 1796 is situated on traditionally planted grounds with a country store, craft building, and kitchen garden. Next door, the Clark House houses the Terhune Library.
Liberty State Park
Jersey City 201-915-3403
The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal is situated at the northern end of the park, while the western portion is dominated by the state-of-the-art Liberty Science Center. This dramatic site offers views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Summer Only 908-496-4458
The park preserves 40 miles of the middle Delaware River and almost 70,000 acres of land along the river’s New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores. At the south end of the park, the river cuts eastward through the Appalachian Mountains at the scenic Delaware Water Gap where visitors can enjoy waterfalls, rural scenery, and historic Millbrook Village.
Monroe Stone Schoolhouse
410-412 Route 94
This restored early 19th century one-room schoolhouse is managed by the Hardyston Heritage Society and is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Morristown National Historical Park
30 Washington Place
Visitor Center 973-543-4030
Visit the elegant Ford Mansion, once serving as Washington’s winter headquarters, and the nearby soldier huts at Jockey Hollow. The park encompasses ground occupied by the Revolutionary army during the vast 1779-80 encampment, and the site of the fortification from the 1777 encampment.
The Red Clinton Mill
56 Main Street
Built in 1810, the mill was used for processing wool, grist, plaster, graphite and talc, generating electricity, pumping water, and even peach basket production. An unusual roof line was added in 1908 to accommodate new machinery and gives the mill its distinctive appearance.
1209 Main Street
River Edge 201-487-1739
Built in 1713 and enlarged again in 1752, this famous home was bestowed upon Baron von Steuben in 1783 for his services to the Continental Army. The Dutch-furnished house is now a New Jersey State Historic Site.
VanVleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street
Discover the spirit and beauty of this late 19th and early 20th century house and lovely gardens. The Van Vleck property provides an excellent example of the large estates built in this New York City suburb during the late 1800s.
Village of Hope
407 County Road 611
Don’t miss taking a leisurely stroll through this 18th-Century Moravian village that includes stone buildings, schools, stores, grist mill and the Gemeinhaus or church.
Washington Rock State Park
355 Milltown Road
52 acres of scenic beauty and tranquility are best known for their historic significance as a strategic 30-mile viewpoint for General George Washington in June of 1777 when the British army was moving toward Westfield.
Nestled on the banks of the Musconetcong River, this living history restoration welcomes guests to tour the Victorian homes as well as the blacksmith shop, the grist and saw mill, a recreation of a Lenape Indian Village, and many other interesting sites. A variety of music and cultural festival combine with historic programs, antiques and craft shows, and other special events throughout the year.
The Wortendyke Barn
13 Pascack Road
Park Ridge 201-930-0124
Offering a classic example of a new-world Dutch barn, this museum exhibits artifacts and documents from the 18th and 19th centuries that show the agricultural history of that era.