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Arts & Museums
The Navesink Light Station or the Twin Lights, known for a pair of beacons is a non-operational lighthouse that now functions as a museum in Highlands, Monmouth County. The lighthouse stands 246 feet (75 meters) above sea level and is a part of the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route. Tourists can go on a tour of the lighthouse, enjoying the stunning panoramic view from the top or have a look at lighthouse equipment in the museum. The volunteers are friendly and informative, making for a wonderful experience.
Built in 1723 by John Bowne III, it was given its name after Major John Burrowes, Jr bought the house in 1769. It passed hands a few times till the Borough of Matawan obtained the property in 1974. The Burrowes Mansion Museum is run by the Matawan Historical Society and is now a local history museum. It features period rooms, antique furniture and vintage memorabilia. It is only open on the first and third Sundays from April through October. The timings are 2p to 4p.
Learn about local legends, folklore, ghosts, and more at Paranormal Books & Curiosities. This unique boutique is dedicated to exploring local mysteries and otherworldly occurrences. They hold a number of interesting events, such as seances, ghost tours, and book signings. If you're looking to learn more about ghosts and other paranormal subjects, definitely pay this bookstore a visit.
Paul Elyseev and Thomas Stevens launched the Hot Sand Glassblowing Studio as a unique concept for family entertainment on the Jersey Shore. Engage your creative side in fun activities that lend a crash course in glass-making techniques like blowing, casting, fusing and slumping. Visit this studio space and gallery, and watch as the team of local artists design one-of-a-kind pieces while allowing the raw material to take its own course and shape its own character. Marvel at original creations from fascinating thematic displays that find inspiration in the city. Don't leave without taking home an aesthetic souvenir.
In 1945, Jacques Marchais founded a museum to house her collection of Tibetan art. She designed two fieldstone buildings, a library and a museum, to resemble a Himalayan temple. The Museum is surrounded by meditation gardens with statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, Tibetan prayer flags, and a lotus and fish pond. The collection primarily consists of Tibetan Buddhist art from Tibet, Mongolia, and Northern China and dates from the 15th to the early 20th century. The collection is especially rich in statues of buddhas, lamas, arhats, protector deities and thangka paintings as well as excellent examples of 18th century Qianlong cloisonné. There is a giftshop featuring items made by Tibetan artisans.
The Coney Island Museum is a small but informative museum dedicated to preserving the history of Coney Island. The museum features Coney Island memorabilia like the Steeplechase Horse, the Boardwalk Rolling Chair, Funhouse Distortion Mirrors, and antique souvenirs. Relics of old rides, including vintage bumper cars, bring you back to Coney Island's heyday. With a changing exhibition schedule that showcases items like Mermaid Parade photos, this museum's a bargain at 99 cents! A knowledgeable staff can answer any questions on Coney Island, and Coney Island historians hold an "Ask the Expert" lecture series on Sundays at 4 pm during the summer months.
South River Museum is located at the site of the Old School Baptist Church founded in 1805. The Museum exhibits recount South River’s history and the structure was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
As the name suggests, the Harbor Defense Museum preserves the rich history of the city’s coastal defense. One of the seventy museums in the country that is operated by the Defense Department, this museum is located in the immense Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. Among its rich collection, which spans the Revolutionary War and the Second World War, visitors will find US Army uniforms, weapons, cannons, and also art which has the military as its focus and theme. A good opportunity to get better acquainted with the extensive military history of the country, a visit here will be educational and informative. See the website for more information.
Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is located on Tompkins Avenue in Staten Island, New York and was orignally known as Garibaldi Memorial. It was established as a testament of the Italian-American culture and history. It is owned and administered by the National Order Sons of Italy Foundation as well as the New York Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 17, 1980.
The monumental Alice Austen House located in Staten Island. Also famously referred as Clear Comfort, it was home to ace photographer Alice Austen. In the light of the present day, it stands as a house museum that hosts school programs, photography camps and day trips. It has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and is also included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Explore, play, be a firefighter, ride a boat, fish, act like an insect, and learn about animals. At the Staten Island Children's Museum, children have an opportunity to explore the world around them. There's a construction zone where kids can learn about houses and how they are built; they even get to use a digger and decorate!
The Edison Memorial Tower and Museum offers an insight into the life and works of science genius, Thomas Alva Edison. As an ode to his remarkable contribution to the field, this tower museum is built on the very site of his original work laboratory. It houses a great collection of articles, books and photographs on his inventions, as well as family memorabilia. Learn about the mechanism of the phonograph, the electrical distribution and the carbon button transmitter, among over 400 of his patents. A gigantic symbolic representation of his iconic invention, the light bulb, makes its way to the top of the tower. In addition, this museum features on the National Register of Historic Places.