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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

Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Located close to the border with New York City, Ellis Island and the National Museum of Immigration focuses on the migrants who sailed here across the Atlantic Ocean in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Ellis Island is famous as the location of an immigrant inspection station active between 1892 and 1954. Opened in 1990, the museum includes a range of displays of images and audio-recordings exploring the immigrant experience.

Statue of Liberty National Monument & Museum

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the USA to mark the centennial of the Declaration of Independence and the recent abolition of slavery. The statue stands on Liberty Island, only accessible by ferry. Also on the island is the Statue of Liberty Museum, in which you can see Liberty’s original torch. The interior of the statue, including the pedestal and access to the crown remains closed.

Museums & Art Galleries in New Jersey

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