Free NJ Museums
These museums below all offer free admission.
Grover Cleveland Birthplace
The Grover Cleveland Birthplace State Historic Site is the only house museum in the country dedicated to the interpretation of President Cleveland’s life. It is the nation’s leading repository of Cleveland artifacts and political memorabilia.
Heritage Glass Museum
Glassboro dates it’s origin with the purchase of 200 acres in 1779 by Solomon Stanger to create a “glass works in the woods”. Exactly 200 years after the founding of Glassboro, sept. 23, 1979, the Heritage Glass Museum was formed.
Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
Established in 1957 by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, the museum is a legacy of the late Hiram Blauvelt. Through the contribution of his private wildlife art and big game collections, he hoped to promote the cultural value of wildlife art and the need for the conservation of its subjects.
Long Pond Ironworks
Long Pond Ironworks was founded in 1766 and operated continually until 1882, making iron for a wide range of purposes. Today, the ruins of three furnaces and other unique structures remain in a beautiful setting within Long Pond Ironworks State Park.
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
The museum was established to display marine mammal artifacts for the purpose of public education. Featured are 25 life-sized replicas of marine mammals and fish, all found or stranded in New Jersey waters. In addition, educational displays explain the plight of marine animals that ingest ocean debris. A “Please Touch” display of marine mammal bones features a sperm whale’s jaw bone, dolphin spinal column, skulls, vertebrae and rib bones of small and large whales.
Millville Army Air Field Museum
The Millville Army Air Field Museum preserves U.S. military aviation history. Museum programs and tours focus on education about Millville’s vital role in aviation history and the history of the P-47 Thunderbolt.
National Guard Militia Museum
The mission of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey is to preserve & explain the military heritage of New Jersey & enhance public understanding of how armed conflicts & military institutions have shaped our state & national experience. The museum collects, preserves, & displays artifacts, documents, & memorabilia that have specific historical significance to the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, & the Naval Militia of New Jersey.
New Jersey Museum of Boating
The mission of the New Jersey Museum of Boating is to celebrate the state’s rich maritime history. They are committed to educating, preserving, interpreting, and presenting the boats built in New Jersey and the related marine equipment and materials traditionally used in the process.
From its inception, The Paterson Museum has stressed the educational aspects of its interpretive exhibits. A major strength of the Museum lies in its varied collections, including local archaeology, history, and mineralogy.
Princeton University Art Museum
With a history that extends back to the 1750s, the earliest days of art collecting at Princeton, and collections of over 92,000 works of art spanning the world of art from antiquity to the present, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the finest university art museums in the world.
Rutgers Geology Museum
The Rutgers Geology Museum, one of the oldest collegiate geology collections in the United States, was founded by state geologist and Rutgers professor George Hammell Cook in 1872. Its exhibits showcase the natural history of New Jersey; focusing on geology, paleontology, and anthropology.
The Stone Museum is has minerals and fossils with a host of indoor and outdoor displays that are “hands on”, enabling visitors of all ages to actually touch specimens from 80 countries. One of the most popular exhibits is the Fluorescent Room, where visitors witness a display of hundreds of rocks that glow in a vibrant array of colors. Kids also love the “recycled dinosaur”, Dino, a giant twenty-foot-tall reptile replica who roars with real ferocity.
Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park
The mission of the Thomas Edison Center is to educate the public about Edison, his significant accomplishments at this site, and his impact on modern research and development. Located within Edison State Park, the Thomas Edison Center consists of the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and a small museum and education center devoted to Edison’s time of immense creativity at Menlo Park.
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University
The Zimmerli Art Museum is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. It collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits world-class works of art to provide the university community and diverse regional, national, international audiences with direct experience of the visual arts.