• Wednesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Grounds open daily year-round from sunrise to sunset
  • Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day
  • Exhibitions, mission-based events, workshops, and lectures
  • Permanent gallery exhibition
  • Guided and self-guided tours offered of the first-floor exhibition; special exhibitions are self-guided
  • Seasonal and annual events
  • Garden tours in the summer and early fall
  • ADA accessible
  • Restrooms
  • Museum shop
  • Group tours
  • On-site parking
  • Adults - $10
  • Students and seniors - $8
  • Children 6 and under – Free

Morven Museum and Garden

55 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540


The Morven Museum was built in 1757 for Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, on land granted to his grandfather by William Penn in 1701. Four generations of Stocktons resided at Morven – including two U.S. Senators, a Commodore of the Pacific Fleet, and a Union Cavalry lieutenant – before the property was leased to Robert Wood Johnson Jr., Chairman of Johnson & Johnson, from 1928 to 1944. After that time, Morven was home to five New Jersey governors as the state of New Jersey’s first Governor’s Mansion. Over the years, Morven has welcomed many famous guests, including George Washington, Daniel Webster, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Buzz Aldrin, and Grace Kelly. It remains the only original house of a signer of the Declaration of Independence that is open to the public.

Morven underwent extensive restoration and re-opened as a museum and garden in 2004. The five-acre site includes the mansion, wash and icehouse, carriage house, pool house, and restored historic gardens. Today, the mansion contains two floors of galleries that showcase the stories of the people who lived and worked at Morven through the centuries including free and enslaved African Americans, immigrant servants, and government employees.


  • Visit one of the changing special exhibits highlighting New Jersey arts and culture
  • Explore the lush grounds and historic outbuildings
  • Hear the stories of people who lived and worked at Morven

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