If you’re looking for things to do in North Jersey, consider checking out the Hoboken Historical Museum. This small New Jersey museum celebrates the history of Hoboken and its significance to the surrounding New Jersey metropolitan area. The Hoboken Historical museum is located in one of the oldest buildings on the Hoboken waterfront, the former Bethlehem Steel machine shop, which is now known as “the Shipyard”.
One of the really interesting things about the Hoboken Historical Museum is that the entire museum changes periodically. The main gallery is dedicated to historical exhibits which run anywhere between five months to about a year. The upper gallery is dedicated to art exhibits (many by artists with local ties to the Hoboken area). Art exhibits generally run for a couple of months. When a new exhibit opens, the entire gallery is emptied out and everything (right down to the lighting and seating arrangements) is reworked. The frequent changeover of exhibits combined with the inexpensive cost of admission to the museum ($3 for adults and FREE for children!) make the Hoboken Historical Museum a great New Jersey destination to visit several times a year.
The current exhibit in the Hoboken Historical Museum’s main gallery is Hoboken, Ellis Island, and the Immigrant Experience. The exhibit spotlight’s Hoboken’s national significance as “the port of entry to a continent” during the period of 1892 – 1924, at which time over 12 million immigrants passed through Hoboken and Ellis Island. Visitors can learn about how this wave of immigration changed the demographics of Hoboken, as well as discover more about the immigrant experience including conditions immigrants faced during their journey, their treatment received on arrival in New York Harbor, and the challenges they faced in making their home in a new land. It’s a great history lesson for all ages. Past exhibits have spotlighted the city’s contributions to music (including Hoboken’s favorite son, Frank Sinatra), Hoboken’s importance to the world of science and engineering, and the city’s reputation as a confectionary powerhouse with many commercial bakers (Wonder Bread and Hostess), candy manufacturers (Tootsie Rolls and chocolates by the Schnackenbergs) and family-owned bakeries (Carlo’s Bakery – aka “The Cake Boss”) calling the city home.
Other things to do at the Hoboken Historical Museum include Storytime at the Museum for children (ages 2-5), lecture series, film festivals, gallery walks, a Hoboken House Tour, and special events such as Heirloom Tomato Tasting and seasonal Family Fun Days. The Hoboken Historical Museum also offers a number of self-guided walking tour maps such as a Hoboken Walking Tour, Frank Sinatra Tour, and Kids’ Tour. The museum operates a shop which offers unique Hoboken books, t-shirts, postcards and other gift items.
The Hoboken Historical Museum is located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey and is open Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the museum online for more information including hours, directions, and things to do at the museum.
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