Jersey City Museum

View a collection of works by local artists from the 1800s and 1900s, including paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces, at this community-oriented museum. 

Jersey City Museum is devoted to showcasing and preserving the artistic and cultural livelihood of the region. See fascinating art created by people who live and work in Jersey City and the surrounding area. Participate in events and programs designed to stimulate and educate the public.

The museum hosts a roster of temporary exhibitions, which are connected in some way to the region. Past exhibitions have included one devoted to the abstract expressionist work of Paterson-born, Jersey City inhabitant Ben Jones. Another previous exhibition titled Sprawl comprised photographs depicting the less conventionally attractive side of select Jersey landscapes captured by 41 artists living in the state. Photography subjects have ranged from ugly industrial spaces to highways, motels and abandoned buildings.

Check ahead to find out what particular exhibitions will be in place during your visit. Make your way through the galleries and inspect the contemporary works. Read signage and literature to find out more about the works on display and feel free to ask museum staff for additional information.

Jersey City Museum is located in Van Vorst Park in Downtown Jersey City. Call the museum ahead of your visit to find out when it is open. To get here, ride the PATH train to Grove Street station and walk just a few minutes from there. Children can enter for free, but must be accompanied in the galleries by an adult.

In addition to the Jersey City Museum, visit other local galleries for a more complete picture of Jersey City’s cultural scene. The Novado Gallery, for instance, is dedicated to contemporary art, design and ceramics. The gallery has a special interest in reclaimed and repurposed materials, which is evident in many of the fascinating works it displays.