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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
American Labor Museum
American Labor Museum

(973) 595-7953

83 Norwood St
Haledon, NJ 07508   Directions Website

The American Labor Museum, also known as the Botto House National Landmark, was the site where Industrial Workers of the World union leaders spoke to the crowds gathered beneath the balcony during the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Since that historic day, this house attraction has served as an educational museum meant to further American understanding of “the history of work, workers and the labor movement throughout the world.”

Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey
Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey

(201) 288-6344

400 Fred Wehran Rd
Teterboro, NJ 07608   Directions Website

Learn more about the Garden State’s two-century aviation and space heritage at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey. Founded in 1972, this unique museum has collected, preserved and displayed aeronautical artifacts and attractions, and has honored men and women whose achievements brought global recognition to the state.

Hermitage House
Hermitage House

(201) 445-8311

335 N Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423   Directions Website

The beautiful stone house and museum, known as Hermitage House, has born witness to many historically significant people and events over the centuries. More than 10,000 people visit this historic home annually for fun, history-themed events, special exhibitions and hands-on activities. Come hear its stories and learn about New Jersey and America’s past.

Hunterdon Art Museum
Hunterdon Art Museum

(908) 735-8415

7 Lower Center St
Clinton, NJ 08809   Directions Website

Meander through the dynamic contemporary gallery at the Hunterdon Art Museum, showcasing the works of both established and emerging artists. This modern collection juxtaposes the design of the 19th century stone mill serving as the main museum building. The unique mesh of past and present creates a beautiful ambiance that anyone can appreciate.

Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum
Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum

(973) 673-6900

192 Dodd St
East Orange, NJ 07017   Directions Website

Built and staffed by the NJ Youth Corps, the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum allows children to “live” history and “play” science through a variety of excellent interactive exhibitions and attractions. The minute you and your kids walk through the door, everyone becomes an explorer! Search for an ancient mummy, journey through a distant galaxy, travel back to the Underground Railroad and much, much more!

Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Jewish Museum of New Jersey

(973) 485-2609

145 Broadway
Newark, NJ 07104   Directions Website

Housed in the oldest and longest continuously operated synagogue in the city, the Jewish Museum of New Jersey represents what was once the sixth largest Jewish community in the US. Inside this museum, you will find a large collection of historic manuscripts, art, clothing, tools and various other artifacts.

Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center

(201) 200-1000

222 Jersey City Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305   Directions Website

Located in Liberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center is a fun, interactive science museum where children (and adults) can turn learning into an adventure! Explore the exhibits and attractions and learn about the local environment, ecosystem and the creatures that live there, as well as other topics like energy sources, global health and human communication.

Montclair Art Museum
Montclair Art Museum

(973) 746-5555

3 S Mountain Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042   Directions Website

View more than 12,000 works of art at the Montclair Art Museum, one of the only museums in the US dedicated to American and Native American art and artifacts. This distinctive collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures from way back in the 18th century up to today.

New Jersey Historical Society
New Jersey Historical Society

(973) 596-8500

52 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102   Directions Website

The aptly named New Jersey Historical Society preserves and shares the history, traditions and physical records of the Garden State’s past and present. Hear both the good and the bad stories, the tales of trial and triumphs. See artifacts dating from the colonial era to the modern day, including books, letters, costumes, furniture, art and accessories.

Newark Museum
Newark Museum

(973) 596-6550

49 Washington St
Newark, NJ 07102   Directions Website

See everything from ancient Asian artifacts to contemporary African art at the Newark Museum. Known for its huge collection of art attractions from Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world, the largest museum in New Jersey also doubles as a natural science museum. Little ones will especially love exploring the Memorial Garden behind the museum, as well as the small Fire Museum.

Weston Museum
Weston Museum

(973) 596-3206

182 Central Ave
Newark, NJ 07103   Directions Website

On the third floor of the Van Houten Library at the New Jersey Institute of technology is the Weston Museum, a rare museum devoted to Edward Weston. A contemporary and rival of Thomas Edison’s, Weston was a well-known scientist and inventor of his time, as well as a founding member of the university. View photographs and artifacts from his laboratory in this display.

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