CHILDREN'S MUSEUMS NJ - FUN KIDS MUSEUMS TO VISIT IN NJ
Fun kids museums in NJ
Find the best museums to take kids to in NJ. The best children's museums in NJ Fun children's museums and learning centers to visit in New Jersey!
Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 973-746-5555 The Montclair Art Museum, cited by the New York Times as “putting a new emphasis on ‘family friendly,’” offers a wide variety of programs that encourage children and families to explore, understand and enjoy the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. Programs such as MAM Park Bench, Home School Days, Family Art Adventure and Free Family Days provide various approaches for audiences to experience art together as a family.
Children especially enjoy their renowned collection of Native American Art and the Family Learning Lab, an interactive space that changes themes according to current exhibitions. The Yard School of Art at MAM is a leading regional art school that offers an array of classes for children, including drawing, painting, illustration, ceramics and digital media. It was named the #1 Art Camp in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards.
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m. Free First Thursdays Nights: The Museum offers extended hours from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the first Thursday of the month (October–June).
Admission Cost: $12 nonmember adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12. Museum galleries are free for everyone the First Friday of every month and during Free First Thursday Nights.
Family Membership: Family memberships start at only $70 per year and provide the benefits of unlimited free admission, discounts on every art class and public program, and the ability to host a Birthday Art Party. For more information about memberships, please visit montclairartmuseum.org.
Morris County Tourism Bureau 6 Court Street, Morristown, NJ 973-631-5151 Events of Historic Proportion Morris County and Morristown NJ offer much in the way of historic getaways, cultural heritage, parks and recreation, cultural venues, cafes, casual and fine dining restaurants and things to do for all ages. Annual events include Revolutionary Times, Gran Fondo, Festival on the Green, Pumpkin Illumination, Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green and our Historical Walking Tours. Download our free iPhone app search for our Morristown Historical Walking Tour on iTunes. Ideally located 25 miles west of New York City, Morris County makes a perfect location to experience a diverse vacation with your family and friends.
Kidz Village 131 South 31st Street, Kenilworth, NJ 507 King Georges Rd, Woodbridge, NJ 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) & 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge) Kidz Village is an enchanting indoor play center designed for children 10 years and under and adults are always free. Filled with pretend businesses where children pretend to work and play, a huge multi-level indoor playground, ball-launching castle, arcade and restaurant. Children are learning in our edu-tainment rooms (diner, supermarket, beauty salon, tool shop, ect.) while they have fun. We offer open play all day every day, 7 days a week.
In addition, Kidz Village throws very special birthday parties in private party rooms that are filled with interactive activities and are personalized for each birthday child. Kidz Village can host small and very large school/organization groups. Socks are required to play. No outside food or beverage. Call 908-445-7220 (Kenilworth) or 732-826-8577 (Woodbridge), visit our website www.kidzvillage.com or see our full page listing!
Hours: 7 DAYS A WEEK Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm Friday and Saturday 10m-9pm Sunday 10am-7pm
2 awesome locations in Kenilworth and Woodbridge!
Liberty Science Center 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 201-200-1000 What’s new at Liberty Science Center? Amazing experiences! Try the new Infinity Climber hanging gym. Climb 35 feet above the floor on 64 small platforms…if you dare! Other great activities include the pitch-black Touch Tunnel maze; walking along a beam 18 feet high; and being blasted by hurricane-force winds and rain the Curtain Wall simulator. Check LSC.org to see times for the new million-volt Tesla Lightning Show. Our traveling exhibits change several times a year and include shows for scientists ages 2-8 all the way to adults. In our permanent experiences, work in a lab to isolate plant DNA and learn how to protect your family from germs; enjoy mini experiments with roaming science presenters; see live action science shows; and in summer months, go wild on the outdoor Wildlife Challenge obstacle course. Children ages 2-5 will love the gallery just for them – no big kids allowed! And LSC has the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater with constantly-changing family-friendly films. LSC is conveniently located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City. See LSC.org or Facebook.
Grounds For Sculpture 18 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, NJ 609-586-0616 A 42-acre sculpture park and museum that exhibits the works of emerging and well-known artists. Over 240 contemporary sculptures can be found throughout the landscaped grounds and gardens. Offers many workshops and fun learning events for children throughout the year including Tots on Tour, a storytelling and art-making workshop for ages 3-5 with adult supervision. Check website for dates.
Step Into Earth Science Most everything manmade has something to do with mining. At the Sterling Hill Mining Museum we'll show you just how it's done. From drilling and blasting to the processing of the ore, we’ve got it all! Come take a ¼ mile underground walking adventure into the 4th oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in NJ.
Along the way you will see a mining equipment history display, a drilling and blasting demonstration and the world famous fluorescent “Rainbow Tunnel” where everybody gets to take home a fluorescent mineral specimen. Right here in NJ is one of the worlds richest zinc ore deposits. This area boasts over 350 minerals, about 70 of which fluoresce, that's about 10% of the known minerals in the world right here in NJ. As well as the richest fluorescent mineral deposit in the world. You can collect minerals from all over the world, including fluorescence, yourself 7 days a week when the museum is open. Great museum for kids and adults alike.
Imagine That! Museum 4 Vreeland Road, Florham Park, NJ 973-966-8000 WOW! Look at that! - You can often hear these words from children and families exploring interactive exhibits at Imagine That!!! – A New Jersey Children’s Museum which has won the 2014 New Jersey Monthly award for “Best Children’s Destination” in New Jersey. Over the past 26 years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have enjoyed discovering, learning and exploring more than 50 unique exhibits in Imagine That’s 16,000 square foot space. With over 50 hands-on learning exhibits it allows for each visit to become a new adventure, including a pirate ship, an art studio, and a firefighter on our life size fire truck. Children can even have the opportunity to pilot our real plane! Imagine That was specifically designed to stimulate the child’s imagination and intellect while providing a fun and exciting day for both the children and their families! At Imagine That, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore!
With high expectation for safety and cleanliness Imagine That has created an environment that many families and schools enjoy coming to on a daily basis. Our museum offers play for all children, all day, every day, 7 days a week. Imagine That hosts birthday parties in private party suites that are customized for each birthday child. Every party guest enjoys interactive activities and unlimited open play in our museum!
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102 973-596-6550 The Newark Museum, located in Essex County, is the state's largest museum. It holds a vast collection of American art, decorative arts and contemporary art, as well as arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world. The museum’s numerous programs are appropriate for young children, teens, families and adults of all ages. Interactive Galleries are appropriate for children toddler-age through pre-teen. Each gallery explores either a different part of the world, a different decade, even a different planet. Look/Touch/Learn: Tibet explores the museum's extensive and world-renowned collection of sacred and secular Tibetan objects. 1784 Old Stone School House teaches children about school days from long ago. The Planetarium and Planetarium Gallery set the stage for discovery and offer a spectacular platform for interactive learning about astronomy, space and planetary science. Toddlers can also take part in Creative Play, a program specifically designed for pre-school children to express their creativity in a safe environment. Creative Play takes place every Saturday and Sunday. Visit the website for hours of and information.
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum 45 Macculloch Avenue, Morristown, NJ 973-538-2404, ext.16 Visit Macculloch Hall Historical Museum to experience 19th century New Jersey history through exhibits, historic gardens and period rooms. The former home of George Macculloch, the “father” of the Morris Canal, the Museum features the nation’s largest collection of original artwork by 19th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Nast is known for popularizing the Republican Elephant, Democratic Donkey, and America’s image of Santa Claus. The museum offers a diverse schedule of changing exhibits which complement ten period rooms furnished with fine English and American decorative arts. Public and family programs, group tours, and a pre-school nature programs are available. Education programs include fall and spring workshop series for homeschooled children ages 7-12 years old and themed school vacation day and summer programs.
Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Trenton, NJ focuses on teaching children acceptance and equality. Created in 2006 as an extension of the Kidsbridge program, this museum expands the knowledge of visitors and transforms the way in which people treat others. Children who visit this museum will be taught the impacts of bullying, what tolerance, diversity and prejudice are and, most of all, how to respect peers and create a better social environment for everyone.
Kids will enter the museum unaware of the various stereotypes that exist in this world and leave more knowledgeable and hopefully leave more accepting of the people around them. They have programs for children in elementary, middle and high school because this NJ museum believes you are never too old to learn about the effect of harmful words or actions.
Garden State Discovery Museum 2040 Springdale Rd. Cherry Hill NJ 856-424-1233 Every exhibit is an invitation to touch, explore and create. With 15 large interactive areas… including Bubble Trouble, the Silver Diner, Down the Shore and Action Newsroom, the Garden State Discovery Museum has lots of room for groups to spend an adventure-filled day together. Visit today and discover why we're recognized as one of the top 20 children’s museums in the country! Children love the fact that they can touch EVERYTHING!!! Garden State Discovery Museum wants your children to touch, feel, and experience everything that they possibly can.
Hours of Operation: Open year round Mon-Sun, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sat, 9:30 am – 8:30 pm (October through April) Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Admission: $9.95 for adults and children 12 months and over $8.95 for seniors. All programs are free with admission unless otherwise noted.
The Ripley's Believe it or not Museum! 1444 Boardwalk. Atlantic City NJ 609-347-2001 This Museum is housed in a bizarre building that looks as if it's about to be destroyed by a wrecking ball, this eclectic museum has amongst its oddball treasures, a lock of George Washington's hair, a 27 room miniature wood carved castle and a host of the most amazing artifacts ever assembled under one roof! One of the best museums in Southern NJ. Definitely something to take the whole family to go see!!!
The Jersey Explorer Children's Museum 192 Dodd St. East Orange NJ 973-673-6900 The Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum displays true-to-life, interactive exhibits that are the amazing handiwork of at-risk youth. Your children will enjoy coming to the museum and looking at all of the exhibits that are related to their world. It is a very interactive museum where your children can play in the different exhibits such as, the time traveler, the tombs of the ancient kings, stargazer, main street village, and their off the page theater. Bring you children to this wonderful interactive museum because they will learn something while they are having fun.
Hours of Operation: Saturday Open to the Public 10a.m.- 3p.m. Wednesday: Walk In (Call for Availability) Admission: $6 per person. Children 2 years and younger receive free admission
Southern Shore region NJ
The Jersey Shore Children's Museum 6725 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Twp NJ (Inside Shore Mall) 609-645-7741 Children ages 1-10 can enjoy exhibits with hands-on activities. Exhibits are work place themed with authentic props and clothing to allow creative role-play. Children are doctors in the Pediatric ER, weathermen in the TV Newsroom, builders in the Construction Zone, NBA players on the Center Court, the Dental Office, the Puppet Corner and workers in the Car Factory! There is also a music wall, a dinosaur table and a tot area.
Hours of Operation: Mon- Sat 10a.m.- 5p.m. Sun 12p.m.- 5p.m. Admission: Can be obtained by contacting the museum
The Children's Museum of Somerset County 120 Finderne Ave. Bridgewater NJ 908-725-4677 The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is a non-profit organization that is run by volunteers. There are all different exhibits for the different seasons. Outdoor exhibits could include a natural garden, weather station, animal exhibits, such as bees, butterflies or other insects. Another type of outdoor exhibit could be a themed play zone that would include climbing and other types of play equipment. Please see their website for more information on the many fun seasonal exhibits for kids and upcoming events.
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center 8 Quarry Road, Little Falls NJ 973-655-2378 The YBMLC is an engaging walk through the history of baseball, the New York Yankees and Yogi’s remarkable career. It houses an impressive collection of historic photos and artifacts, including Yogi’s 10 world championship rings, the most of any player in baseball history. There is also an intimate ballpark-like theater that shows films during Museum hours, and also serves as a classroom and venue for public programming.
Hours of Operation: Wednesday- Sunday- 12p.m.- 5p.m.
Insectropolis 1761 Route 9, Toms River, NJ 732-349-7090 Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures. View thousands of beautiful and bizarre exotic insects from all over the world. Play bug games on our touch-screen computers. Pretend you are a termite as you crawl through our mud tube. Watch ants forage for food and build tunnels in our live ant nest. Safely get up close to our observation hive and see our busy bees. Or spy on our many other live insects.
Franklin Mineral Museum 32 Evans St. Franklin NJ 973-827-3481 The Franklin mine is especially famous for mineral fluorescence, and variety of rare species. The Franklin Mineral Museum's mission is to preserve the mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of "the greatest mineral locality on earth." The area is perceived to be one of the best of "Nature's Classrooms" by many prominent intellectuals and has much to offer science students and professionals. Bringing your children here is an exciting experience that the whole family will enjoy, getting to look at the formation of rocks and also looking for and collecting rocks is so much fun. Children will enjoy the fact that they will be able to play in the dirt and retrieve rocks.
Hours of Operation: Open Daily Apr- Nov Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm. Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 11am to 5pm Open only weekend in March Admission: Museum Exhibits: Adults $7.00; Children (3-12) $4.00; Senior Citizen $5.00. RockCollecting: Adults $7.00; Children (3-12) $4.00; Senior Citizen $5.00. CombinationMuseum Exhibits and Rock Collecting: Adult $12.00; Children (3-12) $7.00; Senior Citizen $8.00.
Monmouth Museum 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 732-747-2266 The Monmouth Museum designs its programs and exhibits with the goal of increasing curiosity and learning in children of all ages. The museum has developed strategies to make learning fun by employing hands-on activities which engage all young visitors. Visitors ages 6 years and under will have a magical undersea learning experience in their WonderWing exhibit. Their Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate exhibit explores the theme of communication through four exhibitions which feature hands-on, interactive displays and activities. The exhibitions' subjects include weather, Ancient Egypt, Space and crafting. The Monmouth Museum also hosts birthday parties and group tours! Visit the website for more information.
MORE KIDS MUSEUMS IN NJ SUITED FOR FAMILIES
Whippany Railway Museum 1 Railroad Plaza, Rt. 10W & Whippany Rd., Whippany NJ 973-887-8177 Fun railroad memorabilia, exhibits, large operating Lionel train layout, gift shop, picnic grounds. And train rides with Santa during the Christmas season and Train rides with the Easter Bunny depart during Easter season. Northern NJ
Stone Museum 608 Spotswood-Englishtown Rd, Monroe Township, NJ 732-521-2232 A unique museum of 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 their most popular exhibits is the Fluorescent Room, where visitors witness a display of hundreds of rocks (most from the Garden State) that glow in a vibrant array of colors. Recently we have acquired a dinosaur egg from China as well as a leg bone from one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs—the African Spinosaurus. Kids also love their “recycled dinosaur”, Monroe, a giant twenty-foot-tall reptile replica who roars with real ferocity.
Newark Museum 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 973-596-6550 The Newark Museum features dozens of exhibits and events for the entire family to enjoy. It is the largest museum in New Jersey with 80 galleries of impressive collections including American, Asian, African and Classical. They have also completely updated their planetarium, adding a "full dome" digital video, surround sound system and exciting new programs. Northern NJ
Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown NJ 973-971-3700 The Morris Museum offers special events for all ages and all interests -- from young children to seniors, from hands-on art and science workshops to discussions of significant historical events, and theatrical and other performances. The Morris Museum showcases Art, Science, Theater and History. Permanent exhibits include galleries devoted to Native American history and crafts; antique dolls, toys and dollhouses; natural science with mounted mammal specimens; rocks & minerals; dinosaurs and fossils. Northern NJ
Museum of Early Trades and Crafts Main St. at Green Village Rd., Madison NJ 973-377-2982 The mission of the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of America's past by presenting and interpreting the history, culture and lives of ordinary people through educational programs, through preservation and stewardship of our collection, and through exhibition and demonstration of the trades and crafts practiced in New Jersey from its earliest settlement. Exhibits change all the time. They offer many cool family workshops, gallery talks, drop-in activities and have a fun children's discovery space. Northern NJ
New Jersey State Museum 205 West State St., Trenton NJ 609-292-6464 (recorded information), 609-292-6308 (weekdays) The New Jersey State Museum boasts a brand new High Definition Planetarium! Soar through the skies in the Museum’s spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium facility in New Jersey. Made possible by a grant from The Prudential Foundation. Central NJ
The American Indian Heritage Museum 730 Rancocas Rd. PO Box 225, Rancocas, NJ 609-261-4747 Our American Indian Heritage Museum offers a unique, multifacetedlook at American Indian culture. Professional staff will take you on a guided tour of our exhibits. In addition to viewing contemporaryAmerican Indian artwork, visitors will learn about American Indian history, culture and traditions.Guided tours are geared specifically to ourvisitors. Knowledgeable American Indian staff provides detailed and fascinating explanations of our numerous exhibits, as well as information about American Indian history! September through June: Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. First and third Saturday of the month, 10:00am till 3:00pm. No appointment required. For additional information or to make a weekday reservation, please call 609-261-4747 Central NJ
Battleship New Jersey 62 Battleship Place Camden, NJ 866-877-6262 Experience the Battleship New Jersey. America's most decorated Battleship isnow the area's mostexciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learnhow the projectiles were loaded. Fromthe moment you step across the ship’s brow you will understand that this is a museum where visitors take an active role. From strolling across forecastle to climbing the original ladders up to the bridge, and beyond, each step in your journey brings you closer to understanding what life was likefor a sailor on the Battleship New Jersey. Welcome aboard! Great museum for children in Southern NJ. Southern NJ
Northlandz 495 US Highway 202, Flemington, NJ 908-782-4022 Northlandz is home to the Great American railway, Doll Museum and Art Gallery. Northlandz is a world of wonder that everyone should experience. It includes the World's Largest Model Railroad, a doll collection, several dollhouses including a doll housewith 94 rooms and much more. Northlandz hold many fun children's events throughout the year.
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