Fine Arts Shows, Museums, Exhibitions, and Events

Popular New Jersey art museums and galleries that would be of interest to fine arts enthusiasts looking for an educational and enjoyable day trip, or to complement their weekend getaway or vacation.

All of the museums, art galleries, and art centers are open to the public and include exhibits that display l works from artists and crafts people. Some of these special exhibitions are limited engagements as well as ongoing or extended period of times. All of the exhibits are not exclusively for adults, many can be enjoyed by children.



Northern NJ Art Galleries and Museums

Belskie Museum
Belskie Museum of Art & Science
280 High Street
Closter, NJ
201-768-0286
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Exhibits the works of sculptor and medical illustrator Abram Belskie and provides a forum for the arts by providing a venue where both local and international artists of repute can display their works. Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 1-5 pm. Special hours can be arranged by appointment for schools and organizations. Admission is Free

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
705 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ
201-261-0012
Website
One of only five museums in the United States to exclusively display wildlife art. Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10am–4pm Saturday and Sunday 2–5pm

Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum
Montclair Art Museum
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-5555
Website
They feature distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context.
Hours: Wednesdays - Sundays, Noon - 5 p.m; Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays.

The Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ
973-971-3700
Website
Features the enjoyment of the visual and performing arts, natural and physical sciences, and humanities through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs.
Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.. Sundays: 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays, New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Morris Museum
Newark Museum
The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
973-596-6550
Website
Features experiences in the arts and natural sciences with 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African and Classical.
Open: Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon–5 pm. Closed Mondays (except for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents' Day), Tuesdays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and December 25.

The Art School at Old Church
The Mikhail Zakin & Café Galleries
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ
201-767-7160
Website
An art school and fine art gallery offering art classes, craft classes, workshops, children's classes, art exhibits & more. Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Please call the school for evening or Saturday hours.

The Art School at Old Church
Peters Valley Craft Center
Peters Valley Craft Center
The Sally D. Francisco Gallery

19 Kuhn Road
Layton, NJ
973-948-5200
Website
A national center for fine craft education where people's lives are enriched through the exploration and execution of fine craft. They offer two to five day workshops in blacksmithing, ceramics, fibers, fine metals, photography, print making, wood and special topics including print making, books & paper, drawing, and glass. The Sally D. Francisco Gallery is located on the second floor and hosts solo and group, themed exhibitions on a rotating basis throughout the year.
Hours: Open year round. Thursday through Tuesday 10am - 6pm. April through early November, they are open Thursday through Tuesday, 10am - 6pm. The store opens 7 days for holiday shopping beginning mid-November through December.



Central NJ Art Galleries and Museums

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Rutgers, The State University Of New Jersey
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ
732-932-7237
Website
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, First Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Weekends: Noon – 5:00 pm Closed: Mondays all year, month of August Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, December 24, 25, and 31, January 1

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum
Freehold Art Gallery
Freehold Art Gallery
7A West Main St
Freehold, NJ
(908) 614-9195
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The gallery features all mediums of art from both emerging and established local New Jersey artists, select works by artists from around country and the world, as well as prints, historic maps, photographs, documents, and other unique pieces.

Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ
(609) 586-0616
Website
A 42-acre public sculpture park founded by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind.
Hours: Open year-round. Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm; Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Also closed to the public for Members only events.

Grounds For Sculpture
Guild of Creative Art
Guild of Creative Art
620 Broad Street
Shrewsbury, NJ
732-741-1441
Website
The Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the visual arts through teaching, exhibits, workshops, and special events. Yvonne Aubert and the charter members wanted to foster creative camaraderie, to establish a meeting place where artists could connect.

The Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street
Clinton, NJ
908-735-8415
Website
A historic site display workd of artists and serving as a home for art education programs.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00AM - 5:00PM.

The Hunterdon Art Museum
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
609.924.8144
Website
A National Historic Landmark situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events. This was the Home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and to five New Jersey governors, Morven has played a role in the history of New Jersey and the nation for more than 250 years.

The New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street Trenton, NJ
(609) 292-6464
Website
The museum features over 12,000 works of art including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs, most acquired since 1965 when the Museum's mission was expanded to include fine art.
Open: Tuesday – Saturday, 9 am to 4:45pm Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Closed Mondays & State Holidays.

New Jersey State Museum
Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton University Art Museum
McCormick Hall in the middle of the Princeton University campus
Princeton, NJ
609-258-3788
Website
They feature visual arts as being essential to the advancement of knowledge of art and archaeology.
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

Vam Art
15 Station Place
Metuchen, New Jersey
(855) VAM-4-ART
Website
They are dedicated to providing a comprehensive view of the contemporary art world. 

Vam Art


Southern NJ Art Galleries and Museums

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Rd
Millville, NJ
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A restored village and an arts organization emphasizing the creative spirit with a special emphasis on glass.
Hours: Open April through December, six days a week: Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Open Legal Holidays: Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day Closed: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. ( closes at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve day)
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Ocean City Arts Center
Ocean City, NJ
(609) 399-7628
Website
The center features three large studios with northern light and a dance studio, music room, pottery studio, reference library and darkroom. Forty-plus weekly classes are offered in five to six sessions yearly, as well as frequent one-day workshops for adults, teens, and children. They also have a summer art camp, and each month they have new exhibits featuring regional and national artists of various mediums.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm. Saturday, 9am to 3pm

Ocean City Arts Center


Note: The scheduled events below is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.


Ongoing Art Shows, Exhibitions and Collections

The Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey
Ongoing
The New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street Trenton, NJ
(609) 292-6464
Website
This exhibition is a rare collection of flags carried into battle by New Jersey’s Civil War soldiers and learn about our important role in the history of the War Between the States. New Jersey is one of the few states to actively display its Civil War flags, which were often returned to capital cities after the war. The flags change periodically, allowing visitors to experience new examples from the collection.  

Scheduled Art Shows, Exhibitions, and Events

Ben Jones: Envision Empower Embrace
September 15, 2018 - June 16, 2019
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 746-5555
Website
Ben Jones's mural Envision Empower Embrace, to be installed in the Laurie Art Stairway, is based on selected imagery from his recent paintings which address events related to social justice, climate change, and environmental disasters.

Contemporary Book Arts with Dave DiMarchi
Thursdays, September 27 through November 15, 2018; 10 am-2 pm
The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ
973-596-6550
Website
Explore a sampling of book-making methods during 8 four-hour sessions: monoprinting, basic intaglio and relief printing and binding practices to create your own small suite of personalized books, both blank and content-filed. View contemporary and historical artist books and printed ephemera; learn through demonstration, hands-on making and experimentation. Beginners welcome!

Symbiotic Spheres: The Interlocking Worlds of Glass, Science and Art
Through December 30, 2018
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332
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Contact: Taral Thompson, 856-825-6800
This expansive exhibition, curated by Brooklyn artist Benjamin Wright, features over 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by science. The artwork on display will allow visitors to explore the role of creativity endemic to both science and art, while showcasing glass as a medium that provides a challenge to their perceived divide. At every turn, glass materially magnifies, distorts and illuminates our transdisciplinary world of wonder.

That's Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family
through December 31, 2018
Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ
(609) 586-0616
Website
This exhibition will focus on the Johnson family's passions, their belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of community, and how the founder's vision for The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture shaped Grounds For Sculpture's early years.




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