The Hoboken Historical Museum, a non profit organization, is nestled in a charming red brick building in the uptown neighborhood of Hoboken, the former Bethlehem Steel machine shop, now known as the Shipyard.
We were greeted by their very warm Education Curator, Maria Lara. On walking in we laid eyes on a fascinating exhibit of “Hoboken People & Places 1976-1994”, a photographic display of the old city through the lens of a seasoned photographer, Michael Flanagan. After an informative tour, we were ushered to yet another charming space, dedicated to the legendary “Frank Sinatra”, used for quiet reading or reflecting upon old artifacts of the great American Icon.
Maria informed us that since its inception in 1986, The Hoboken Historical Museum, has promoted and preserved historical artifacts of the city whilst enriching its community of young and old with lessons on Hoboken history, educational & cultural programs & kids events.
Museum’s sound intimidating…but are in fact a great place of wonder, discovery and learning.The Education Program offered at Hoboken Historical Museum chooses to be just that whilst helping students make connections between their in-school lessons and their outside lives. Their ongoing education programs offer interactive sessions for Pre-k to 12th grades in local history, architecture, mapping, industry, primary source investigation and more. Special exhibit related education programs are also offered. All programs are based on the New Jersey Curriculum Standards.
The Museum also hosts story time every Thursday at 10.30 am for kids 2 – 5 years of age. Designed especially for their youngest museum guests, this story time was named in honor of Penny Metsch, who created and hosted the program in 2005. The program presents stories and songs about city life read by Education Curator Maria Lara and other guest readers.
Stories, Songs and Rhymes get event more exciting every Sunday (12.30pm) with the Museum hosting its second weekly story time at the Hoboken Fire Department Museum. What can be more fun than hearing stories with a friendly fire truck by your side?
With summer around the corner, the museum has also rolled out its summer history enrichment program for kids between 4-9 years of age. There is something for everyone with almost all camps taking place on site between 9am-1pm. Children are advised to bring their own snack and lunches.
The Museum is a wonderful resource for families in the neighborhood. It strives to enrich its community in many fun ways. For the new folks in town, it’s Kids Map of Hoboken is a great resource for all kid approved and loved spots in town. This was a community wide project which engaged about 1000 children all over Hoboken to choose their favorite places in town.
Thank you Hoboken Historical Museum for being a valuable asset to the community and a center for arts, culture, history and fun activities for all. For more information on their programs and events, visit their website at: https://www.hobokenmuseum.org