The best museums in New Jersey in September 2023

These are the top 100 best museums in New Jersey, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in New Jersey? These are the best ones:

  1. Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration1

    Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

    Jersey City, NJ
    Once a gateway to the USA for millions of immigrants, this small island close to shore is best known for being an immigrant inspection station. The first immigrant ever to pass the inspection here is said to be a teenage girl Annie Moore in 1892 and the last immigrant was inspected here in 1954.
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  3. Adventure Aquarium3

    Adventure Aquarium

    Camden, NJ
    The Adventure Aquarium , formerly the New Jersey State Aquarium , is a for-profit educational entertainment attraction operated in Camden , New Jersey on the Delaware River Camden Waterfront by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation . Originally opened in 1992, it re-opened in its current f
  4. Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial4

    Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

    Camden, NJ
    The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is located at 62 Battleship Place, Camden , New Jersey , United States . This museum ship preserves and displays USS New Jersey , the most decorated battleship to have served in the U.S. Navy and one of the largest ever built.
  5. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum5

    Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

    Lower Township, NJ
    The Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is an aviation museum located at the Cape May Airport in Lower Township , in Cape May County , New Jersey , United States.
  6. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!6

    Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

    Atlantic City, NJ
    The Ripley collection is vast and diverse, including 20,000 photographs, 30,000 artifacts, and more than 100,000 cartoon panels. This extensive collection provides a wide range of exhibits for visitors to explore, ensuring that there is something of interest for everyone.
  7. Hoboken Historical Museum7

    Hoboken Historical Museum

    Hoboken, NJ
    The Hoboken Historical Museum, established in 1986, is situated in Hoboken, New Jersey. The museum offers a variety of rotating exhibitions and activities that provide insights into the city's history, culture, architecture, and historic landmarks. It serves as a platform for visitors to explore and understand the rich heritage of Hoboken.
  8. Emlen Physick Estate8

    Emlen Physick Estate

    Cape May, NJ
    The Emlen Physick Estate is a Victorian house museum in Cape May , New Jersey . The estate is located at 1048 Washington Street.
  9. Atlantic City Aquarium9

    Atlantic City Aquarium

    Atlantic City, NJ
    A great place to chill out off the huge amount of gambling or go in with your family. Small, but worth visiting!
  10. Old Barracks Museum10

    Old Barracks Museum

    Trenton, NJ
    The Old Barracks Museum is a significant historic site located at 101 Barracks Street in Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. This location is easily accessible and offers a unique opportunity to explore a piece of American history.
  11. Liberty Science Center11

    Liberty Science Center

    Jersey City, NJ
    Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum and learning center located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City in Hudson County , New Jersey , United States. The center, which first opened in 1993 as New Jersey's first major state science museum, has science exhibits, the largest and most
  12. Geology Hall12

    Geology Hall

    New Brunswick, NJ
    Geology Hall , formerly Geological Hall , also known as the Rutgers Geology Museum , is a building located in the historic Queens Campus section of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 's College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick , New Jersey , United States. When Rutgers was selected as New Jer
  13. Walt Whitman House13

    Walt Whitman House

    Camden, NJ
    The Walt Whitman House, located in Camden, New Jersey, is a historic building that served as the final residence of the renowned American poet Walt Whitman. This house holds significant historical value as it was the place where Whitman spent his last years before his death.
  14. The Newark Museum of Art14

    The Newark Museum of Art

    Newark, NJ
    The Newark Museum of Art (formerly known as the Newark Museum ), in Newark , Essex County , New Jersey , United States , is the state's largest museum . It holds major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. Its
  15. Perth Amboy Ferry Slip15

    Perth Amboy Ferry Slip

    Perth Amboy, NJ
    The Perth Amboy Ferry Slip , located on Arthur Kill in Perth Amboy , Middlesex County , New Jersey , United States, was once a vital ferry slip for boats in New York Harbor . It was added to the New Jersey Register of Historic Places and National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The ferry slip w
  16. WheatonArts16


    Millville, NJ
    Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (formerly Wheaton Village ) is a 501(c)(3)non-profit arts education organization, with a focus on the medium of glass . Located in Millville, New Jersey , the center's mission is to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. Located on 65
  17. Indian King Tavern Museum17

    Indian King Tavern Museum

    Haddonfield, NJ
    The Indian King Tavern holds a special place in the history of New Jersey. In 1777, it was the site of a significant meeting of the New Jersey Legislature, where the Great Seal of the state was adopted. Recognizing its historical importance, it was designated as the first State Historic Site in 1903. The original structure of the tavern has been preserved and remains largely intact, allowing visitors to experience the site as it was during the colonial era.
  18. The Sterling Hill Mining Museum18

    The Sterling Hill Mining Museum

    Ogdensburg, NJ
  19. Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum19

    Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum

    Camden, NJ
    The Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum is a maritime museum in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden, New Jersey , across the Delaware River from Philadelphia . The museum opened in September 2016. Its main building is the former Church of our Savior, and its grounds include land once owned by
  20. Historic Speedwell20

    Historic Speedwell

    Morristown, NJ
    Historical Speedwell, previously known as Speedwell Ironworks, is open to the public and features seven buildings on display. It is a historic site managed by the Morris County Park Commission and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Visitors can explore the site and learn about its significant role in history.
  21. Morris Museum21

    Morris Museum

    Morris, NJ
    The Morris Museum, which has been in operation since 1913, is a significant cultural landmark in New Jersey. It is the second largest museum in the state, spanning an impressive 75,524 square feet. This expansive space allows the museum to house a wide variety of exhibits and collections, offering visitors a comprehensive and diverse cultural experience.
  22. Greenfield Hall History22

    Greenfield Hall History

    Haddonfield, NJ
    Greenfield Hall, situated in Haddonfield, Camden County, New Jersey, is a historic building that dates back to 1747. It was recognized for its historical significance and added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1974. This location offers a unique opportunity for visitors to step back in time and experience a piece of American history.
  23. Batsto Village23

    Batsto Village

    Hammonton, NJ
    Batsto Village (or simply Batsto ) is a historic unincorporated community located on CR 542 within Washington Township in Burlington County , New Jersey , United States . It is located in Wharton State Forest in the south central Pine Barrens , and a part of the Pinelands National Reserve . It is li
  24. Millville Army Air Field Museum24

    Millville Army Air Field Museum

    Millville, NJ
    Millville Executive Airport ( IATA : MIV , ICAO : KMIV , FAA LID : MIV ) is in Millville , in Cumberland County , New Jersey . The airport, 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of the Millville city center, is owned by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) and the City of Millville. It was dubbed "Ame
  25. Princeton University Art Museum25

    Princeton University Art Museum

    Princeton, NJ
    The Princeton University Art Museum ( PUAM ) is the Princeton University gallery of art, located in Princeton, New Jersey . Founded in 1882, it now houses over 92,000 works of art ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period. The Princeton University Art Museum dedicates itself to supporting
  26. Cape May County Park & Zoo26

    Cape May County Park & Zoo

    Cape May Court House, NJ
    The Cape May County Park & Zoo offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore a diverse collection of animals. With free admission throughout the year, guests can encounter over 550 animals from 250 different species, all housed within 85 acres of carefully designed exhibits. This makes it an ideal destination for families, animal lovers, and anyone interested in wildlife.
  27. Pomona Hall - Camden County Historical Society27

    Pomona Hall - Camden County Historical Society

    Camden, NJ
    Pomona Hall is a colonial mansion located at 1900 Park Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, in Camden , Camden County , New Jersey , United States, that operates as a museum by the Camden County Historical Society. The first building on the site was constructed in 1718, while construction of the more subst
  28. Ford Mansion28

    Ford Mansion

    Morristown, NJ
    The Morristown National Historical Park, located in Morristown, New Jersey, is a significant site that played a crucial role during the American Revolutionary War. The park comprises four key sites: Jockey Hollow, Ford Mansion, Fort Nonsense, and Washington's Headquarters Museum. Each of these sites holds a unique historical significance and offers a glimpse into the events of the Revolutionary War.
  29. Museum of Russian Art29

    Museum of Russian Art

    Jersey City, NJ
    The Museum of Russian Art (MoRA) is located in Jersey City, New Jersey and is dedicated to showcasing Russian art, with a particular focus on Soviet Nonconformist Art. This unique collection provides an insight into the artistic movements that emerged in the Soviet Union outside of the state-sanctioned art scene. Visitors can expect to see a variety of works that reflect the diverse and complex history of Russian art.
  30. The New Jersey Historical Society30

    The New Jersey Historical Society

    Newark, NJ
    The New Jersey Historical Society is a historical society and museum located in Newark , Essex County , New Jersey , United States. The Historical Society is housed in the former headquarters of the Essex Club. It has two floors of exhibition space, a gift shop, and a hall for lectures. The NJHS of
  31. Proprietary House31

    Proprietary House

    Perth Amboy, NJ
    Proprietary House in Perth Amboy , New Jersey , United States , is the only proprietary governor 's mansion of the original Thirteen Colonies still standing. Overseen by architect and builder John Edward Pryor, construction began in 1762 and was completed in 1764. The Georgian style "mansion" was fi
  32. Noyes Museum of Art32

    Noyes Museum of Art

    Galloway Township, NJ
    One of the hidden treasures - this gallery creates temporary exhibitions with a great scope from applied arts to photography.
  33. Montclair Art Museum33

    Montclair Art Museum

    Montclair, NJ
    The Montclair Art Museum (MAM), situated in Montclair, New Jersey, is approximately 12 miles west of New York City. It holds the distinction of being the first museum in New Jersey that was open to the public when it was inaugurated in 1914. Additionally, it was the first museum in the state that was solely dedicated to art.
  34. Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center34

    Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

    Montclair, NJ
    The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is a tribute to the career of Yogi Berra, a renowned baseball player who played for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets. The museum is situated on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls, New Jersey. It was officially opened to the public on December 4, 1998, and houses a collection of artifacts from Berra's illustrious career.
  35. Bergen County Zoological Park35

    Bergen County Zoological Park

    Paramus, NJ
  36. Northlandz36


    Flemington, NJ
    A fan of model railroads may find interesting this museum showcasing the world's largest model railroad.
  37. Hereford Inlet Light37

    Hereford Inlet Light

    North Wildwood, NJ
    The Hereford Inlet Light is a coastal lighthouse situated in North Wildwood, on the southwest shore of Hereford Inlet, in Cape May County, New Jersey. This historic lighthouse has been a part of the National Register of Historic Places since September 20, 1977. It was initially used by whalers in the 17th century and has since been a significant landmark in the region.
  38. Historic Cold Spring Village38

    Historic Cold Spring Village

    Lower, NJ
    Historic Cold Spring Village is a unique living history museum located in the Cold Spring section of Lower Township in Cape May County, New Jersey. As a non-profit organization, it aims to preserve and present the historical heritage of the region. Visitors can experience a step back in time and learn about the area's past through the various exhibits and structures within the village.
  39. The Wetlands Institute39

    The Wetlands Institute

    Middle, NJ
    Located in Stone Harbor, New Jersey, The Wetlands Institute covers an expansive area of 6,000 acres (24 km²) of protected wetlands. This vast expanse of nature offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore and learn about the diverse ecosystem of wetlands.
  40. The Hermitage40

    The Hermitage

    Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
    The Hermitage , located in Ho-Ho-Kus , Bergen County, New Jersey , United States , is a fourteen-room Gothic Revival house museum built in 1847–48 from designs by William H. Ranlett for Elijah Rosencrantz, Jr. Members of the Rosencrantz family owned The Hermitage estate from 1807 to 1970. The site w
  41. Infoage Science Center41

    Infoage Science Center

    Wall Township, NJ
    The former Camp Evans is now home to the Information Age Learning Center (InfoAge), an organization dedicated to promoting the science and history of the site. InfoAge occupies the remaining thirty buildings on 27 acres and hosts a museum and exhibits that provide insight into the site's past. This makes it an interesting destination for those interested in history, science, and technology.
  42. Hunterdon Art Museum42

    Hunterdon Art Museum

    Clinton, NJ
    The Hunterdon Art Museum is situated in a historic stone mill at 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton, New Jersey. This location adds a unique charm to the museum, making it not just a place to view art, but also a piece of history. The stone mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, further emphasizing its historical significance.
  43. Batsto Village43

    Batsto Village

    Batsto Village, NJ
  44. Macculloch Hall Historical Museum44

    Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

    Morristown, NJ
  45. Acorn Hall45

    Acorn Hall

    Morristown, NJ
    Acorn Hall, located at 68 Morris Avenue in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, is a Victorian Italianate mansion built in 1853. This historic building is a significant example of architecture from the period and offers a glimpse into the past with its preserved structure and design.
  46. Schuyler-hamilton House Museum46

    Schuyler-hamilton House Museum

    Morristown, NJ
  47. The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ47

    The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ

    Teterboro, NJ
    The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is a unique attraction located in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is conveniently situated adjacent to Teterboro Airport, making it easily accessible for visitors. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of aviation, making it a worthwhile destination for anyone interested in this field.
  48. New Jersey State Museum48

    New Jersey State Museum

    Trenton, NJ
  49. William Trent House Museum49

    William Trent House Museum

    Trenton, NJ
  50. Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie50

    Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie

    Trenton, NJ
  51. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum51

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

    Morris, NJ
  52. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm52

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

    Morris, NJ
    This farm is working since 1760s and has preserved its historical character to the present day. Pay a visit to see the traditional way of life.
  53. Kearny Cottage Museum53

    Kearny Cottage Museum

    Perth Amboy, NJ
    The Kearny Cottage is open to the public as a historic house museum. It is operated by the Kearny Cottage Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the house and the area. Visitors can explore the house and learn about its history through various exhibits and displays.
  54. Long Beach Island Historical Museum54

    Long Beach Island Historical Museum

    Beach Haven, NJ
  55. Museum of Early Trades and Crafts55

    Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

    Madison, NJ
    The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located in Madison, Morris County, New Jersey. This non-profit educational institution is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the tools and artifacts used in New Jersey before 1860. It provides a unique opportunity to learn about the early trades and crafts that shaped the region.
  56. Historic Longstreet Farm56

    Historic Longstreet Farm

    Holmdel, NJ
  57. Holmes Hendrickson House57

    Holmes Hendrickson House

    Holmdel, NJ
  58. Morven Museum & Garden58

    Morven Museum & Garden

    Princeton, NJ
  59. Van Riper-Hopper House Museum59

    Van Riper-Hopper House Museum

    Wayne, NJ
  60. Meadowlands Environment Center60

    Meadowlands Environment Center

    Lyndhurst, NJ
  61. Tuckerton Seaport61

    Tuckerton Seaport

    Tuckerton, NJ
  62. Northlandz62


    Raritan, NJ
  63. Butler Museum63

    Butler Museum

    Butler, NJ
    The Butler Museum is housed in a station depot built in 1888, featuring Stick-Eastlake architecture. As a local nonprofit historical entity, the museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich history of the area.
  64. Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum64

    Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum

    Roxbury, NJ
  65. Trailside Nature and Science Center65

    Trailside Nature and Science Center

    Mountainside, NJ
    Watchung Reservation is the largest nature reserve in Union County, New Jersey, United States. It covers an expansive area of 1,945 acres, providing a vast space for nature lovers to explore and enjoy. The reservation is home to a variety of flora and fauna, making it a great destination for those interested in wildlife and nature.
  66. African Art Museum – Society of African Missions (SMA)66

    African Art Museum – Society of African Missions (SMA)

    Tenafly, NJ
    The Society of African Missions (SMA), also known as Lyoner Seminar, is a society of apostolic life. It is composed of ordained priests and lay brothers who have dedicated their lives to serving the people of Africa. The society works closely with the Dicastery for Evangelization and is not to be confused with the Order of African Missionaries, colloquially known as the 'White Fathers'.
  67. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm67

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

    Morris Township, NJ
  68. Monmouth County Historical Association68

    Monmouth County Historical Association

    Freehold, NJ
  69. Maywood Station Museum69

    Maywood Station Museum

    Maywood, NJ
    The Maywood Station Museum is situated in the historic New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway station, which was built in 1872. This location is in Maywood, New Jersey, United States. The museum's setting in a historic railway station adds a unique charm and authenticity to the visitor experience.
  70. The Sarnoff Collection70

    The Sarnoff Collection

    Ewing, NJ
  71. Twin Lights Historical Society Lighthouse71

    Twin Lights Historical Society Lighthouse

    Highlands, NJ
    The Navesink Twin Lights is a historical site located in Highlands, Monmouth County, New Jersey. This non-operational lighthouse and museum overlooks Sandy Hook Bay, the entrance to New York Harbor, and the Atlantic Ocean, offering visitors a unique perspective of these significant geographical features.
  72. Crane-Phillips House72

    Crane-Phillips House

    Cranford, NJ
  73. Toms River Seaport Society73

    Toms River Seaport Society

    Toms River, NJ
  74. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum74

    The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum

    Oradell, NJ
  75. Allen House75

    Allen House

    Shrewsbury, NJ
    Allen House is a historic site located in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. This location is easily accessible and offers a unique glimpse into the past, making it an interesting destination for history enthusiasts and tourists alike.
  76. National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey76

    National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey

    Sea Girt, NJ
  77. Thomas Edison Center - Menlo Park Museum77

    Thomas Edison Center - Menlo Park Museum

    Metuchen, NJ
  78. Burlington County Prison Museum Association78

    Burlington County Prison Museum Association

    Mount Holly, NJ
  79. Miller-Cory House Museum79

    Miller-Cory House Museum

    Westfield, NJ
    The Miller-Cory House Museum is situated in the heart of Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, United States. This location is easily accessible and offers a unique opportunity to explore a piece of American history.
  80. Paterson Museum80

    Paterson Museum

    Paterson, NJ
  81. Schuyler-Colfax House – Wayne Historic Sites81

    Schuyler-Colfax House – Wayne Historic Sites

    Wayne, NJ
  82. Nutley Historical Society and Museum82

    Nutley Historical Society and Museum

    Nutley, NJ
    The Nutley Museum, formerly known as the Church Street School, was officially recognized for its historical significance when it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. This listing underscores the museum's importance in preserving the local history.
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    Jenkinson's Aquarium

    Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
    Your typical aquarium with plenty to see and do. You can even take part in the feeding or adopt some animal.
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    Voorhees Hall

    New Brunswick, NJ
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    Seaport Aquarium

    Wildwood, NJ
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    Doo Wop Experience

    Wildwood, NJ
    Dazzling museum preserving the unique feel of 1950s and 1960s. Small, a bit run-down yet still interesting place.
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    Silverball Museum

    Asbury Park, NJ
    The name says it all - large pinball museum where all the historical machines are in playable condition.
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    Cohanzick Zoo

    Bridgeton, NJ
    Cohanzick Zoo, located in Bridgeton, New Jersey, has a rich history dating back to 1934. It holds the distinction of being the first zoo in New Jersey. This historical significance adds to the charm of the zoo and makes it a notable destination for tourists.
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    Animal Haven

    Iselin, NJ
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    Stedman Gallery

    Camden, NJ
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    Radio Technology Museum

    Wall Township, NJ
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    Military Technology Museum of New Jersey

    Wall Township, NJ
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    New Jersey Shipwreck Museum

    Wall Township, NJ
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    Washington Headquarters Museum

    Morristown, NJ
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    Liberty State Park Interpretive Center

    Jersey City, NJ
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    American Hungarian Foundation

    New Brunswick, NJ
    Interesting museum preserving and showcasing the life and culture of Hungarian immigrants - an interesting cultural detour.
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    Wildwood Historical Society

    Wildwood, NJ
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    Cranbury Museum

    Cranbury, NJ
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    New Jersey Maritime Museum

    Beach Haven, NJ
    Not your typical naval museum. Their creative presentation of all things related to the sea is well worth visiting.
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    Stephen Crane House

    Asbury Park, NJ
    House where the famous writer Stephen Crane spent majority of his life. Quaint and peaceful cultural venue and museum.

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