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New Jersey
Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

Situated on the country’s Atlantic seaboard, New Jersey was one of the 13 colonies that broke from British rule during the American Revolution. Before European colonisation, the area was inhabited largely by the indigenous Delaware people. The Italians were the first European explorers to arrive, in 1524; European settlement had to wait until the 17th century, when it was spearheaded by the Dutch and the English. The latter ultimately gained control of New Jersey, its name deriving from an island in the English Channel. The colony was much fought over in the American Revolution, after which it became the third state of the Union in 1787. The 19th century saw substantial industrial and urban development, although New Jersey still retains areas of rural beauty like the Pine Barrens.

Archaeology & History Sites in New Jersey

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art

Given its role in both developing and collecting modern and contemporary art, MoMA is often said to be the world’s most influential museum of modern art. In the 1930s it was the first museum in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism, exhibiting works on loan by Van Gogh, Gauguin and others. Now with over 15,000 pieces, MoMA is thought to have the best collection of modern Western masterpieces in the world.

Museums & Art Galleries in New Jersey

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