During New Jersey’s stay at home order, many of our favorite gardens and museums are closed to the public. With this list, stay safe! And enjoy their exhibits from the comfort of your own home and computer screen for now, until you can get back out there.
These are the best NJ museums and gardens you can visit virtually — right now!
Virtually visit a garden
Next, peruse all 400+ works in the Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton) collection here. It’s not the same as visiting the space, but you will able to see art you have never seen before even if you have visited! Plan your visit when it opens back up. You won’t be disappointed!
Take a virtual tour of Van Vleck House and Gardens (Montclair) to see what’s in bloom right now!
Get a bird’s eye view of New Jersey Botanical Garden (Ringwood) with their interactive map, where you can see the location of all the plants on their property. Talk about planning your visit!
Take an online trip to a museum
The Montclair Art Museum has created an entire virtual museum! Check out their virtual tours, deep dives with docents, and online exhibitions.
Explore gigapan images (if you are a photo nerd, check these out!) in these virtual exhibitions from the Hoboken Historical Museum. And visit these cobblestone streets in town for some amazing photo opportunities when the stay at home order is lifted.
The Monmouth Museum’s (Lincroft) Virtual Gallery Tour will put you right in the museum. If you’ve visited before, you will feel right at home.
The Morris Museum’s (Morristown) 2020 New Jersey Arts Annual Virtual Exhibition features New Jersey artist in an online catalog for all to enjoy.
If you’re missing Princeton (like I am!), you can view all of Princeton Art Museum’s collections online. Plan your walking tour of Princeton here — there are plenty of places to keep your social distance!
Rowan University Art Gallery’s (Glassboro) latest group exhibition is also online.
Liberty Science Center’s (Jersey City) “In the House” Series is online, streaming live Monday through Friday — “the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room.”
Like geology? Explore the exhibits at the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Want more geology, and dinosaurs? Download the Rutgers Geology Museum (New Brunswick) app to explore from your phone.
The New Jersey State Museum (Trenton) may not be open, but you can explore their Fine Feathered Friends Exhibit virtually.
Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? You don’t have to be a kid to attend virtual zoo school at the Cape May County Zoo.
.. or to watch the penguin cam at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Point Pleasant Beach) — it’s almost like you’re really there!
And lastly, tune into live events with “NJPac in Your Living Room” (Newark).
Hopefully these events and exhibitions can get you inspired for your next project, or just keep you occupied while we stay safe at home.
Let us know what you enjoyed from this list! And enjoy the best NJ museums and gardens you can visit virtually.