286 Route 46 East
Fairfield, NJ 07004
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Arts & Museums
The former home of the 22nd President of the United States, Stephen Grover Cleveland (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908), has been opened to the public as a museum since the early 20th Century. Grover Cleveland Birthplace is the only dedication of its kind to Cleveland. The house was established in 1832, reflecting local vernacular architecture. The home was also used as a worship place of the Caldwell Presbyterian Church Manse, a congregation led by Stephen Grover's father, Reverend Richard Falley Cleveland. In the 1900s, the house was restored to its original splendor, with rooms and decor retained as it was. Visitors can get a glimpse into the early life of Stephen Grover Cleveland at this site.
Built in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum is housed inside an architecturally stunning heritage building that entices visitors with its portico and neo-classical columns. The art collection is one of the most comprehensive in the region, and art lovers are assured an interesting time here. A massive hall with natural highlight can be hired by corporates for luncheons, seminars and private parties. Check website for more on the collections as well as upcoming events and exhibitions.
A distinguished landmark in Northern New Jersey, the Lambert Castle is situated in the Garret Mountain Reservation in Passiac County. It was built in 1892 as home to Catholina Lambert, and stands in great relevance to the castles in Great Britain. The structure follows the Medieval Revival architectural style. It was utilized to serve as an administrative office until 1936 with one room dedicated to the Passiac County Museum. Widespread European and American paintings and sculptures are organized in a stellar manner with the castle as a backdrop. The museum concentrates more on age-old period rooms, possessions that depict the castle’s past as well as folk art exhibition galleries. On the whole, the castle is grandeur personified.
Constructed in 1892 as the private residence of a young English immigrant eager to re-create the magnificent castles of his homeland, the Belle Vista, also known as Lambert Castle, is a marvelous beauty built in the Medieval Revival style. Today, the castle is owned by the Passaic County Historical Society who have converted the building's four floors into a historical museum and library. A must-visit if you want to experience the look and feel of a true English castle.
The Butler Museum is ably operated by the iconic Butler Historical Society. It earlier stood as a railroad station known as the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad Station. It was constructed in 1872. The museum site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The entire station museum site is spread over 1.2 acres (0.49 hectares) of area. It primarily focuses on the borough's social, cultural and industrial history through its collections. The structuring depicts the Stick/Eastlake style of architecture.
Whether it is arts, science or theater that interests you, the Morris Museum has something for everyone. The visual and performing arts are given top place as can be seen by the innovative exhibitions, performances, recitals and concerts that are always on. Those with an interest in the natural sciences are not disappointed either with the interactive, fun exhibits. Known to have an enriching educational program, this museum also organizes events for kids and adults so check website for more details on those.
The Madison Public Library and the James Building owes its name to D. Willis James whose generosity funded its construction. The stately structure illumined by stain glass windows incorporates a clock tower. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is housed in this former library. This museum showcases artifacts that reflect the life of Americans in the bygone era.
The historic Van Allen House was built in 1740 for local farmer Hendrik Van Allen. Located off U.S Highway 202, the house has served as a headquarter to George Washington in July 1777, during the Revolutionary War. Now managed and operated by Oakland Historical Society, the house serves as a museum preserving various artifacts and ephemera pertaining to the war and the era. Open to public on the third Sunday of every month, between 1p and 4p, the Van Allen House makes for an interesting and informative visit.
Come to the Newark Museum to immerse yourself in a world of art, beauty and innovation. Exhibits are not restricted to fine art but also include installation art and artifact exhibits. Besides the quintessential features of a museum, the Newark Museum goes a step further to make your experience extraordinary. From a well-equipped library open to the public by appointment to curator-led museum tour podcasts that can be downloaded from their website, the Museum endeavors to take the visitor on a great trip. It also conducts art appreciation workshops for kids and adults.
Founded in 1933 by 7 artists who sought to foster a love for the arts in the city of Summit, the Visual Arts Center Of New Jersey has come a long way since then, and is now recognized as the pioneer of art educational programs in New Jersey. Discussions, symposiums, workshops, exhibitions and film screenings are regularly organized, while the 9 studios, the art school and galleries are put to good use by artists. An outdoor event space can be hired for private, social and business events too. Check website for further details. Suggested donations apply.
Take a tour of the Woodruff House and the Eaton Store Museum and explore the beautifully restored home. Managed by the Hillside Historical Society, it was included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Morristow National Historic Park, encompasses three sites, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ford Mansion was the winter quarters of George Washington, and adjacent to it is the museum open for tourists. The Fort Nonsense on the hilltop was the place of the signal fire, while the Jockey Hollow was the campsite of the Continental Army. Morristown was known as the military capital of the American Revolutionary War.