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Long Profile of The New Jersey State Museum in NJ



The New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, New Jersey was established in 1895 as an art, science, industry and history museum, and had "a mission to collect and exhibit specimens in natural history, archaeology, and industrial history."


The New Jersey State Museum was founded in 1895 with a founding collection of Natural History specimens. In 1912, Archaeology was added as another collection point.

In 1922, the Museum added North American Indian art. Decorative Arts were added in 1929.

It wasn't until 1964, that Fine Art was finally added to the Museum.

In 1965, the Museum moves to a new cultural complex and in 1974, is accredited by the AAM.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The New Jersey State Museum serves the life-long educational needs of residents and visitors through its collections, exhibitions, programs, publications and scholarship in science, history and the arts. Within a broad context, the Museum explores the natural and cultural diversity of New Jersey, past and present."


"The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton within walking distance of the State House. It is situated overlooking the Delaware River midway between New York and Philadelphia."

Please refer to the Museum's website for directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the studied practice of restoring an artwork. Art conservators undertake detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork and preserve it for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired over 12,000 artworks such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photos.

"The collection has an American focus that highlights the work of New Jersey artists within the context of American art history. Also included are works that depict New Jersey scenes and events. The strengths of the Fine Art collection lie in works by the American modernists associated with Alfred Stieglitz, American abstract artists of the 1930s and 1940s, a comprehensive collection of works by 19th and 20th-century African-American artists, contemporary American and New Jersey art, the complete graphic outputs of Ben Shahn and Jacob Landau and works by the New Jersey Fellows associated with the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions/Rutgers University."

Noteworthy Facts:

According to their website: "The New Jersey State Museum collects, preserves and interprets objects that document the lives of people who have lived in New Jersey from the 17th century to the present. The Cultural History Collection includes over 13,000 artifacts documenting New Jersey's cultural, economic, military, political, and social history, as well as aspects of its decorative arts."

"Ranging from ceramics produced by Trenton potteries to flags carried into battle by New Jersey Civil War regiments to utilitarian artifacts reflecting the rich maritime and agricultural heritage of the Garden State, the Cultural History Collection is one of the largest material culture collections dealing with New Jersey history. Textiles, trade tools, furniture, and an array of artifacts documenting craft, work, play, community and family life are also represented in the collection."

Employment Information:

The New Jersey State Museum posts job opportunities, volunteer positions and internships on its website. Be sure to check the listings regularly to see if jobs become available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations.

How to Apply for a Job:

If the Museum does not have any employment opportunities posted, you may want to become a volunteer first. Alternatively, you may consider sending your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum for future consideration.

Museum's Contact Info:

The New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608. Tel:(609) 292-6464

The New Jersey State Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Wednesdays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Thursdays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Fridays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Saturdays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Sundays 9:00 am to 4:45 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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