Free Museums in Bergen County NJ
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Looking for a budget-friendly day out in Bergen County NJ? Check out these free Bergen County museums where you can explore art, local history, nature, and more!
Note: Please keep in mind that these free Bergen County museums need your support. If you are able, please consider making a donation when you visit.
Free Museums in Bergen County NJ
23 Bliss Avenue
The African Art Museum of the SMA Fathers is one of only a rare few in the United States dedicated solely to the arts of Africa. Its permanent collections, exhibited on a rotating basis, highlight sub-Saharan sculpture and painting, textiles and decorative arts, costumes, religion, and folklore.
705 Kinderkamack Road
Established in 1957 by the Blauvelt-Demarest Foundation, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum is a legacy of the late Hiram Blauvelt, philanthropist, conservationist and collector. Through the contribution of his private wildlife art and big game collections, Blauvelt hoped to promote the cultural value of wildlife art and the need for conservation of its subjects and their habitats. One of only five museums in the United States to exclusively display wildlife art, the Blauvelt is recognized internationally. The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum is partners with the Artists for Conservation and its member artists in their campaign to protect endangered species and their habitats.
269 Maywood Avenue
The historic landmark Maywood Station houses an eclectic collection of railroad and local history items and offers visitors a glimpse into the influence that Maywood station and the railroad had on the development of the local area.
91 Crane Avenue
Housed in one of the last remaining 19th century homes in the Meadowlands area, the Meadowlands Museum works to link visitors with objects that can help them connect to and understand the history of the Meadowlands area communities of today. The Museum aims to serve as a center for engagement on the region’s history while promoting appreciation of contemporary arts and culture.
330 Paramus Road
The Paramus Fritz Behnke Historical Museum depicts life in Paramus a century ago. The museum features farmhouse furnishings, including utensils used for cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, and sewing. One of the first electric washing machines is on display, a duplicate of which is currently in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Other items on display include an old ice box (refrigerator), a wood-burning stove, an early gas stove, and children’s toys such as dollhouses, scooters, toy tractors and board games. The museum also features a replica of an old school room, an exhibit of Police Department and Fire Department memorabilia, and an exhibit displaying the history of the Bergen Pines County Hospital. There are many photographs of “old” Paramus including the amusement park and bathing beaches, former businesses and restaurants, historic homes and the many “mom and pop” gas stations and businesses that were scattered throughout the town. The lower level of the museum displays woodworking and blacksmith equipment, along with an extensive array of farm implements. Visitors can also watch an interesting eight minute video presentation that elaborates on the history of Paramus.
19 Ridge Avenue
Park Ridge, NJ
The Pascack Historical Museum is the home of thousands of artifacts and many displays that chronicle the life of the Pascack Valley from Lenape Indian days until the present. Special exhibits take place throughout the year on subjects pertaining to the origins of the people of northern New Jersey.
650 Glen Avenue
Housed in a one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1872 (known as Public School District #45), the Ridgewood Historical Society & Schoolhouse Museum showcases the history of Ridgewood by displaying local historical artifacts, photographs, and ephemera in an interesting, accessible way.
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