The grounds of Kean University is home to various places dedicated to featuring the impressive talent of visual and performing artists. From galleries to concert halls, Kean shows its appreciation for art, music and dance through engaging exhibitions and highly entertaining concerts. But, how many schools can say that they have a real museum on their grounds? Located on Kean’s sprawling East Campus is Liberty Hall. A historic landmark once home to New Jersey’s first governor William Livingston. Built in 1772, Liberty Hall has existed through 200 years of American history. Today, renovated and open to the public, Liberty Hall Museum has grown from an original 14-room home to a decadent 50-room Victorian-styled mansion home to artifacts and a gift shop where docents give informative and educational tours. The exhibition currently on view is Ring For Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House. The tour features a typical ‘day-in-the-life’ for a servant living in the 1900s. Servant’s work spaces, leisure spaces and sleeping quarters are staged with antiques and artifacts from the era meant to transport the viewer back in time. Costumes typical of the era are also on display. If you are familiar with the PBS production Downton Abbey then you’ll love Ring for Service. As the fall season progresses, Liberty Hall will also be hosting a Downton Abbey Luncheon, Apple Harvest, Afternoon Tea Party and Great Gatsby Party. This coming month is sure to be a blast so make sure you secure your spot at any one of Liberty Hall’s coming events. Its one of Union County’s best-kept secrets.
Monday - Saturday 10 am to 4 pm
Sunday - closed
(Tours start at 10 am and end at 2:30 pm)
*Liberty Hall is closed during major holidays.