Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
187 US 130 & 206
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Phone: (609) 298-5000
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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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 kids will bug you to take them to the Philadelphia Insectarium, a fascinating museum that is designed to educate the public about the wonderful world of insects. The goal of the museum is to show the critical role that insects play in the balance of nature, the environment and our economy. There are two floors of live and mounted insects from around the globe, a tank inhabited by glow-in-the-dark scorpions, a working beehive and a live termite colony. The big hit with kids is a glass-enclosed kitchen crawling with thousands of cockroaches.
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.
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.
The Archives of the Medical Mission Sisters documents the history of their mission, charisma and ministries around the world. The Mission movement, founded by Dr. Ann Dengel in 1925, established clinics, hospitals and schools of nurse-midwifery around the world. As the Sisters trained local professionals, they turned the established hospitals over to local authorities. They published the Medical Missionary Magazine from 1927 to 1970; this remains the best source of historical information about the community. The archives are open to the public.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts is located in the former George K. Heller School which was the first of its kind in the township of Cheltenham and the oldest public school in the state till its closure in 1953. The Late Victorian stone structure is the ideal setting for this arts center which was founded in 1940. The Cheltenham Center for the Arts is known for its art classes, exhibitions and theater highlighting the work of local artists and the community. Its sole focus is to express social interests in a creative way through artistic mediums.