Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn
3499 Route 1 South
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: (609) 452-2500
Fax: (609) 452-1371
Arts & Museums
The Morven Museum & Garden dates back to the 18th Century. The historic house and its garden was named after the mythical kingdom of Ireland. In 1982, the property was converted into a museum and is open to public visitation.
One of the best museums in the country boasting over 72,000 artifacts, the Princeton University Art Museum enjoys its location on the grassy campus of the Princeton University. The collections are stunning and cover ancient Islamic Art, Asian Art, lithographs, prints, photographs, pottery, sculpture, African and European Art from across several centuries. Admission is always free.
The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) traces its origins back to 1895, and now stands as a proud testament to the region's natural history, archaeology, and industrial legacies. Over the decades, private donations added to the ever-increasing collection of specimens. North American Art, Indian Art, Decorative & Fine Arts are well-represented at this treasure house. The planetarium is a hit with kids who are always fascinated with stories of space odysseys, constellations, nebulae and galaxies. Check website for more information on the permanent exhibits, upcoming exhibitions and events.
It is the former boyhood home of James Wilson Marshal who discovered gold in the American River and propelled the California Gold Rush. James Wilson Marshall House is now a house museum and is the base of the Lambertville Historical Society. Built in 1816, this Federal-style, brick building features a unique decorative frieze, a pegged front door, parlor, hallways, a bedroom and chimney cupboards. It also contains period furniture and memorabilia of the town's industrial days. Before it became a museum, it was a nun's convent for 84 years. One of the interesting items in the house is a 1843 friendship quilt which has the names of 27 pioneer families embossed in it.
Located on the Rutgers University and featuring over 60,000 permanent exhibits, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum has worked tirelessly towards the preservation and promotion of art in New Brunswick. What awaits you here is not just contemporary American art, but 19th century Soviet and French art too. A research library proves to be a useful resource for students and aficionados who can avail of the exhaustive material available here. Check website for details on any upcoming exhibitions or events.
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.
Growden Mansion is a 17th-century estate in Bensalem Township. Located along the Neshaminy Creek, this landmark is also called Trevose Manor. It is named after the former owners of this property, the Growden family. The manor is now a museum run by the Historical Society of Bensalem Township. Take a guided tour of the place and view yesteryear memorabilia, preserved bullet holes, and a testament of the Colonial era.
Built in 1911, it was designed by Robert Mills, the first professionally trained architect among the native-born Americans. The Burlington County Prison Museum remained a jailhouse till 1965 and has the distinction of being the oldest functioning prison in the nation at the time of its closure. This National Historic Landmark's domed ceilings and stone-brick architecture made it fireproof and maintenance free. It is among the fine examples of creative interior designing, heating, ventilation and fireproofing for criminal rehabilitation. Though the management did nothing of that sort and followed the path of penal form. It is also known for many paranormal activities occurring in various sites. Get a glimpse of prison life that spanned 154 years and come back richer appreciating life even more.
The late 1800s saw the Industrial Revolution took over when the machines rendered hand-made devices obsolete. This was when Henry Mercer, an archaeologist, and a visionary in his own right, realized the importance of preserving these discarded, forgotten artifacts. Mercer either built or collected everything inside and outside of the huge mansion. The ambitious project, completed in 1912, comprises of over 400,000 instruments. Featuring artifacts like a whaler's boat, vampire's hunting kit, watchmaker's tools that depict the average American livelihoods over the century, the Mercer Museum is not only one of the most visited museums in the country but also an inspiration in itself.
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.
The Glencairn Museum focuses on religious history and includes religions across the world. Its extensive collection of religious artwork features Asian, American Indian, Ancient Near East and so forth. Apart from the permanent exhibits, Glencairn Museum also showcases touring and temporary collections. Every year, it hosts four festivals that includes Medieval Festival, Sacred Arts Festival, Halloween and Christmas. It also conducts educational programs that cater to diverse age groups. Though the activities and endeavors vary, the common bond is always religion. For visiting hours and tour prices, check the website.
Named after James Michener who was the only Pulitzer Prize winning author from Doylestown, the independant James A. Michener Art Museum first opened in 1988. Boasting a collection of over 2200 paintings and artifacts from the Bucks County region of Pennsylvania, this is a haven of sorts for lovers of Impressionist Art. The facility can be rented for bridal showers, gala dinners, wedding receptions, Bar Mitzvahs, meetings etc. Don't forget to have a photo session at the scenic Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden on your way out.