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Morven Museum and Garden, Princeton

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
For more than 200 years Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation.

Originally part of a 5,500-acre tract purchased from William Penn in 1701 by the Stockton family, it is the home of Richard Stockton, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence. As well as serving as a Stockton homestead for several generations into the 20th century, Morven was home to the families of Robert Wood "The General" Johnson Jr., and eventually five New Jersey governors, three generations of enslaved families, respective domestic workers, and staff.

Morven Museum & Garden showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs, and special events.
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  • This is one of the best-kept secrets in Princeton. My wife and I loved exploring this old mansion turned into a wonderful museum, with its rich history as a former governor's mansion and formerly...  more »
  • The people who lived at Morven over the years have so many interesting stories, from the original owners to the governors. Walking through the museum is a walk through time. Whether you are from...  more »
  • Love love love this place!! I’ve been here a few times. Once on a field trip with my daughter’s class, and once at Christmas to see the Christmas trees all decorated, and to ultimately visit Santa. They have an afternoon tea here as well which I am hoping to do one day. This year I went to their July 4th event which was simply amazing! They had an area where kids could “sign” the Declaration of Independence, as well as a reading of the Declaration of Independence! They have many stations for kids, including a painting station, one for arts n crafts, and a photo booth.
  • Really interesting history...from Revolution to NJ Governors! Lovely gardens.

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