Old Barracks Museum

Old Barracks Museum, Trenton

Old Barracks Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed to house British troops during the French and Indian War. During the Revolutionary War, the barracks was one of Washington's military hospitals. Today, the building is home to an interpretive museum, galleries, gift shop, and meeting space. Guided tours start on the hour from 10 AM - 4 PM, Monday - Saturday.
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1-2 hours
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Zman1972
Westfield, NJ339 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited here and we had a really great time! The performers stay completely in character and were very informative. We met with a revolutionary Doctor who spoke of how he would car for the soldiers and intentionally expose them to virus to make them immune. We met with a colonial solder in Washington’s army. One of the soldiers outside the barracks made us form and march. He also gave a demonstration with the musket that had a charge to make it go boom! The kids really enjoyed the musket!
Written August 8, 2021
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John B
Basking Ridge, NJ1 contribution
Jul 2021
The museum should welcome those who decide to visit on the spur of the moment and not essentially discourage them by limiting visitation to those who book in advance. I tried to visit today and was told I need to book in advance. I will NOT even consider attempting a return visit until this restrictive policy is abandoned, pandemic or no pandemic. Masks are still required, which combined with New Jersey's relatively high rate of immunization would seem to negate the reason(s) for limiting visits to those who register in advance.
Written July 10, 2021
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Gary O
Stuart, FL3 contributions
May 2021
As of this writing, they are open again. And what a treat. I'm a big Revolutionary War buff and was looking forward to visiting the sites in Trenton where George Washington sprung a surprise on the Hessian troops on Christmas Eve. Alas, the only physical remnant downtown of the Battle of Trenton is right here at the Old Barracks Museum. Even though the fighting was occurring a mile away, here at the barracks the visitor can get a sense of how soldiers during that era bunked down during the winter month. It's fascinating to know the walls inside and outside were the same ones Washington's troops laid eyes on during that pivotal battle. And there's a small museum describing the events of that battle. The tour guides were excellent in explaining each period of the barrack's life. There was a demonstration of the arms used during the war as well as some craftsmen making all sorts of colonial clothing and equipment. You won't regret one minute attending this very well maintained property.
Written May 19, 2021
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susan c
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Great museum and tour. Very knowledgeable guides. Soldier , shoe maker and tradesman all dressed in traditional outfits .
Need about 1.5-2 hours.
Beautiful buildings. Great history .
Free parking .
Well worth the trip. Price is about $11 p/p very affordable.
Written May 4, 2021
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MountianLover
New Jersey41 contributions
Jan 2020
Barracks Museum was informative. Best part was the live Reenactment with the troupes, drummers and musket guns firings.
Written December 14, 2020
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George B
10 contributions
Nov 2020
Another outing on our brief COVID disrupted vacation. We visited the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton today. Fascinating location with so much history. There were actually a total of 6 of these style barracks created (Burlington, Princeton, New Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Elizabeth). Only the Trenton barracks survive as of today. It was nice to visit today with our first tour guide Asher who was very knowledgeable and professional. Followed by James dressed in British uniform talked about the lives of the soldiers and their uniform along with a long rifle firing presentation. As a bonus we got see Damian the Shoe Maker who was putting the finishing touches a pair for James including attaching actual era silver shoe buckles. Explore. Even at times like these.
Written November 6, 2020
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William P
1 contribution
Sep 2020
I rarely write reviews but after visiting the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, I truly felt compelled. A set of barracks built in the 1750's, it was an incredible place to visit and the staff went out of their way to explain the lore and history of the place. Dressed in period costumes, they explained what events had taken place there and the intricacies of the era's firearms, building practices, and medication. Truly stunning. I felt lucky to have experienced it and am extremely grateful I checked this museum out while in Trenton. I urge you to do the same.
Written September 15, 2020
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,444 contributions
Jun 2019
We did a day trip to the Old Barracks. We learned more about the battles that took place during the American Revolution. The characters around the barracks gave you a sense of life during that time. The guided tour was very good and the guide was knowledgeable about the times. We were able move abut on our own after the tour. The barracks is a short distance from the main area.
Written May 27, 2020
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goodfoodrocks77
Clinton, NJ85 contributions
May 2019
This is an interesting museum in which one can feel the dignity and solemn quite of a past war where soldiers sacrifced for what they believed was right for the families, country and the world.
Written March 6, 2020
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Marcella S
Brooklyn, NY16 contributions
Feb 2020
Excellent 23-minute video followed by guided tour of the barracks. John, our guide, was dressed in period costume. He provided a detailed and lively narrative regarding the historical significance of the Old Barracks. Free parking on premises made this a great Saturday afternoon stop!
Written February 23, 2020
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