Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)

Current Exhibitions

Toy WorldToy World

October 15, 2016 – September 10, 2017
Riverside Gallery, 2nd Floor

Be transported to back to another era in the fun NEW exhibition spotlighting the history and innovation of toy manufacturing in New Jersey.

Everyone knows that the spaces on the Monopoly game are named for Atlantic City streets. But did you know that the inventor of the spring-loaded mechanism found on pinball machines lived and worked in Jersey City?

Toy World

Or that Lionel – the biggest name in model railroading – had factories in Hillside and Irvington?

Or that one of the country’s largest makers of tinplate mechanical toys was located just off Broad Street in downtown Burlington?

Or that a factory in the Chambersburg neighborhood of Trenton earned the nickname “World’s Largest Doll House” because it manufactured hundreds of thousands of dolls each year?

Toy World, a fun-filled exhibition coming to the New Jersey State Museum this autumn will focus on the little known stories of the important role New Jersey played in the history of the American toy industry.

Hercules Ferris Wheel
J. Chein & Company
Harrison and Burlington, New Jersey