6 NJ Museums Reopening This Month

Art institutions welcome back visitors and implement new protocols.

After months of separation, culture-starved patrons and works of art are allowed to reunite. Here, a description of current exhibits as well as what to expect as museums reopen their doors.

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I Have A Fire In My Chest by Marina Carreira and Population Control by Carl Burger are both currently on display at the Morris Museum.

Morris Museum

Reopening Tues, July 14 to members; Tues, July 21 to public.

What to See: The 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual exhibition entitled Dissonance, on view through March 7, 2021. The exhibit W. Carl Burger: Mastery of the Medium covers the ongoing career of the 94-year-old New Jersey artist, on view through October 2, 2020. Tiny Intricacies: A Cache of Kinetic Art, is the third exhibition in a series of four at the museum that showcases automata, or mechanical works, on view through January 10, 2021.

Protocols: Admission by timed reservation only, made online or by phone 973-971-3700; face coverings and social distancing required; hand sanitizer provided upon entry; some galleries may be marked with flow patterns.

Grounds For Sculpture

Courtesy of David W. Steele/ Grounds For Sculpture

Grounds for Sculpture

Reopening Thurs, July 16 to members; TBA to public.

What to See: Founded by the late Seward Johnson (he died in March) in 1992, this outdoor sculpture museum features more than 400 works in wood, bronze, stone and steel.

Protocols: Admission by timed reservation only, made online; face coverings and social distancing required especially in high-traffic areas such as restrooms; all cafes and water fountains will be closed; limited reservation-only dining available at Rat’s Restaurant.

Morven Museum & Garden

Courtesy of Morven Museum & Garden

Morven Museum & Garden

Reopening Wed, July 15.

What to See: Don’t miss the exhibit “Dreaming of Utopia: Roosevelt, NJ,” a showcase that examines the history of the town from the Great Depression to the twenty-first century. On view through January 24, 2021.

Protocols: For the month of July, Friends of Morven and members only will be allowed in the museum from 10 am–12:30 pm. The museum will be closed from 12:30–1 pm for cleaning. Public hours will be held from 1–4 pm. One visitor party at a time in the gift shop and West Wing Gallery. Face coverings and social distancing required; hand sanitizer stations available; limited capacity.

Courtesy of Liberty Hall Museum

Liberty Hall Museum

Reopening Thurs, July 9.

What to See: Once inhabited by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor and a signer of the United States Constitution, the 14-room Georgian style home on Kean University’s campus evolved over time into a 50-room Victorian mansion.

Protocols: On July 9, there will be complimentary tours of the historic house and gardens at 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm on the museum grounds featuring light snacks, including wine and cheese, and an opportunity to meet the museum’s organizational leadership, staff and new executive director, Rachael Goldberg. Reservations required. For the month of July, the museum will be open for ticketed tours offered at 10 am, noon and 2 pm, Friday–Sunday. All tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance; capacity limited; social distancing required. To book private, after-hours tours at 4 pm or later for individuals or groups of 10 or less, call 908-527-0400.

Hoboken Historical Museum

Courtesy of Hoboken Historical Museum director, Bob Foster

Hoboken Historical Museum

Reopened June 17

What to See: Established in 1986, the Hoboken Historical Museum collects and displays artifacts in themed exhibitions focused on the waterfront city. Get a glimpse of bygone Hoboken in the current exhibition “Hoboken–Late 1970s: Photos by Jack and Peter Mecca.”

Protocols: Face coverings and social distancing required; capacity reduced to 25 people; hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations in entryway.

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Courtesy of Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

Reopened on July 2

What to See: Listed on both the state and national registers of historic places, Hangar #1 is an exhibit in and of itself. During World War II, this aircraft hangar served as part of Naval Air Station Wildwood, a training facility for dive bomber squadrons that would go on to fight in the Pacific. There are more than 25 historic airplanes, jets and helicopters in they open-air museum.

Protocols: Face coverings and social distancing required; adherence to all signage and directional arrows required; capacity reduced to 25 percent, hours reduced to 10 am–4 pm to allow for cleaning.

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