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Arts & Museums
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This arts council sponsors a variety of exhibitions, art shows, juried art events, special programs, and more.
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.
This museum traces the history of the bicycle, and includes a great collection of antique bicycles dating back to the Nineteenth Century, as well as exhibits that represent the development and history of bicycles.
Run under the aegis of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, this museum was created to handle the historical collection when it outgrew the Centennial Cottage, and features an array of artifacts and exhibits that trace and elucidate the history of Ocean Grove and the surrounding region.
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.
This international community of artists states its mission as thinking globally and acting locally, and promotes thinking and the questioning of reality and the status quo on the part of the public through its sponsorship of art exhibits, programs, events, and conceptual happenings.
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.