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“History Comes Alive”

Liberty Hall Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Union
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, home of New Jersey's first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. Built in 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall has been a silent witness to more than 200 years of American history. Over the last two centuries, the originally designed 14-room Georgian Style home has grown into a 50-room Victorian-style mansion. The site houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. Ancestors of the Livingston/Kean families have included Governors, U.S. Congressmen and Senators, entrepreneurs, and pioneering women with vision and strength. The stories of their lives, passed down from generation to generation, tell how this family met the challenges of a changing nation. Visit Liberty Hall Museum and discover the living past. Liberty Hall Museum has it's own parking lot and it's free.
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had tea in the glass enclosed porch and then came the good stuff! New Jersey history - and, by extension, national history - was beautifully presented in this grand old house. Very earnest tour guide tried her best to engage all the visitors on our tour. We were in competition with another tour group so we missed one of the rooms. The museum was set up for the 'ring for service' theme which was well done. There's a lot of love and care that goes into this place and it's obvious. If the tour guides and the afternoon tea staff are not the most polished - that's okay, their love of what they are doing is most charming. I recommend it highly. If you go during the spring or early fall when the weather is conducive to walking around, the grounds are beautifully maintained and worth the time.

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Toured the mansion and grounds with the garden club. Such a beautifully maintained facility showcasing centuries of NJ history. Well informed docent made the day so special. Many of the members want to do a return visit.

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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We really enjoyed an in-depth tour at Liberty Hall Museum, its current exhibit is "Ring for Service" to tie-in with the Downton Abbey mania. The best part of this mansion is its original furniture, clothing, wallpaper, china, silver, household goods, and estate equipment. This is so much better than touring mostly empty historic sites (e.g. many chateaus in France are all empty) or site with reproduction pieces (e.g. Colonial Williamsburg). Liberty Hall is truly an authentic NJ historic site, and its garden is very beautiful too.I just have 1 quibble with our costumed guide yesterday who seemed very grumpy & frowning which was an odd way to start the tour, but she did warm up a bit gradually. There are many special events for children, school groups, or adults. We are looking forward to returning for an Afternoon Tea event there. Note that the parking lot & garden paths are all gravel/pebbly and it's less suitable for ladies wearing heels.

Thank fbc001
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Liberty Hall is an amazing place to visit. The guided tour is informative yet informal with plenty of room to examine objects closely and ask questions of the guide. The house and grounds are beautiful and a peek inside life in numerous eras. It is very easy to get to from the GSP, parking is abundant and the staff is friendly and helpful. Don't miss Ursino restaurant across the street - food to die for!

Thank jacn518
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Today, I visited Liberty Hall for the first time. The historic mansion and grounds are beautifully maintained on the campus of Kean University. The guided tour provided interesting stories about NJ history from colonial times to the present. Two famous NJ families (the Livingston family and the Kean family) lived here for six generations. I believe children and adults would enjoy this site. There are beautiful grounds, a film before touring, and a wonderful exhibit of historic fire engines from Elizabeth and Union, NJ.

Thank travelingrm
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