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Hoboken Historical Museum
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Hoboken
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Hoboken Historical Museum welcomes visitors 6 days a week, showcasing Hoboken's history, diverse culture, architecture and landmarks with exhibits, guest speakers and educational programming in the former Bethlehem Steel Machine Shop at 1301 Hudson St., one of the oldest buildings on the waterfront. Exhibits change every 6-12 months, on diverse subjects, from Hoboken in the 1970s, to the engineering behind the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels, to the history of sweets factories and bakeries to a celebration of Frank Sinatra's centennial. The Museum hosts events nearly every weekend; check our website for details. We also collect and archive artifacts, documents, oral histories and photos relating to Hoboken history, much of which is accessible on our website.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 25, 2014

On a cold NJ day my daughter and I were looking for something to do before visiting the nearby beer hall Pilsenerhaus. A Trip Advisor search found the museum and we noticed that the normally expensive parking was free for three hours.

As it turned out the museum was very interesting featuring a display on hurricane Sandy and it's effect on the area. There was also interesting art on display from a local artist as well as many books featuring old photos of the area. We learned that prior to WWI the area had a large German population and there was ships from Hoboken to Hamburg.

Well worth the visit and don't' forget to have the parking ticket validated!

3  Thank gbzia
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Very nice history of Hoboken - wish they would have a lot more pictures and maps of the actual Hoboken area. Would give five star rating, but it seems they focused more on Hudson county as a whole.

1  Thank Jimmy_nj
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

The museum is not that big so don't expect to spend the whole day there. It is a cute little museum that will give you some background on Hoboken. The pictures of the city back in the day are pretty fantastic.

1  Thank Jack S
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

I just moved to Hoboken and find this is a great place to go for the weekends with kids, they could learn a lot about the history of the little and fantastic town where was the origin of baseball. I just figured it our after I moved to this small town.

1  Thank Lei X
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

I've lived in Hoboken for 14 years and have walked through the breezeway what must be thousands of times. You could easily pass an hour just looking through the photos and other materials they have outside the museum. Finally though when they had a map exhibit we had to go in.

It's a small space but crammed with great stuff, and the curator was very informative and knowledgeable. We even ended up buying a drawing from the upstairs gallery (of Onieals, one of the best hangouts in town). I'm not sure we're too interested in the Sandy exhibit since we lived through it here, but we'll definitely be back in the future!

Thank Arthur T
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