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Address: 101 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone Number: +1 609-396-1776
10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

In 1758, the Old Barracks was constructed to house British troops during...

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.

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This is a very educational tour. My boys loved it. Secured parking lot to park small gift shop perfect for a class trip. Not too big not too small they also do special projects... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Hamilton, NJ
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Hamilton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very educational tour. My boys loved it. Secured parking lot to park small gift shop perfect for a class trip. Not too big not too small they also do special projects during veterans day and other other military holidays a must do for history classes.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This barracks sets next to the Capital building. We parked in the Capital Building parking garage and it was free of charge. We then walked to the building. It was pretty impressive. I believe we were the only ones there. The tour is informative and led by a tour guide in period costume. Very interesting. There is also a small... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Movie was very good. Would have preferred a much SHORTER talk. Guide, while very pleasant, spoke VERY quickly (and I'm an ex-New Yorker) and gave way too much information. Would have preferred less talk and more time seeing the exhibits rather than having to stand in each room or outside in the heat and listen. The kids, who are seasoned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Visited Washingtons crossing with our 4 kids to see the famous site of Washingtons historic Delaware river crossing and we weren't disappointed; a well maintained, informative tour in a picturesque setting. The next day we visited the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. The Barracks museum was terrific. The guides were in period clothing and played their roles with gusto. The... More 

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Burlington, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I have worked in Trenton for 31 yrs and had never visited the Barracks. It was full of history and the tour guide we had was excellent. It's reasonably priced and definitely worth a visit. We all learned a few things we didn't know.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

The Old Barracks Museum isn't your typical historical house. It presents a slice of our history that's not usually noticed—from the difference in how the living quarters for the enlisted soldiers differed from the officers, to the fascinating explanation of why the barracks was important in Washington's war against smallpox. Good for teens and pre-teens, not for toddlers.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

While I had been at this location before, I had not been given a tour as part of an organized trip. That being said, the historic interrupter was not your normal guide. As we were part of the Army's Reserve ILE program, the tour was presented by the future Chair of the NJ Historical Commission, Dr. Maxine Lurie. That being... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

These barracks are right in the middle of the city. The British troops needed a place to stay and rather than taking citizens beds in their homes, they build these barracks. They told us that at one point they put a road through the middle of it. The tour guide we had knew his stuff and could really tell stories.... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Not well publicised, but this is a great historical museum. The original barracks from 1758 that plays a huge part in American independence history. The guide was passionate about his subject & he answered all questions fired at him. A must see for anyone interested in Military history, and even those who aren't.

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Trenton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

nice to learn about this area, and love the costumes and guides are informative. parking is a pain, but, that's Trenton. call ahead to be sure no school groups, although, I love kids, nicer with a smaller crowd.

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