Plan your Visit to Morven
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, New Jersey 08540
HOURS OF OPERATION
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tours of the first floor are given on the hour at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The second floor is self-guided.
Our docent-led tours are approximately 45 minutes in length and present an overview of the home’s rich history on the first floor. Tours are offered at 11 a.m., 12 noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and are included with admission.
Please note that guided tours are not available of our second floor exhibitions, though special talks are often scheduled throughout the run of an exhibition. See Programs for more details.
During Festival of Trees in December and early January, no formal tours of the house are given; docents are on hand to answer questions.
Bring your group to Morven for a self-led visit or guided tour. Admission is $8 per person for groups of 10 or more, and will include admission to the self-guided exhibition on the second floor.
Reservations for group visits are required and should be made at least two weeks in advance. Our guided group tours are best suited for groups of 15 or less, larger groups can be broken into several sections. A 50% deposit, payable by check or credit card, is required at the time of booking. Cancellations must be made at least five business days in advance to receive a full refund.
To learn more or to book a group tour, call 609.924.8144 x106.
For information about parking, accessibility, and other accommodations, please visit our FAQs section.
We have a shop that features an ever-changing selection unique gifts, jewelry, and decor items. A Princeton favorite, Friends of Morven receive a 10% discount every day. Please stop by and visit the Shop during the Museum hours.
To purchase books online, visit Morven’s Amazon Store or call Morven’s Shop at 609.924.8144 ext. 103
Spend a memorable day with us at Morven Museum & Garden. Walk through history in our recently redesigned galleries and see how the residents of Morven were involved in nearly every step of American history. Our relandscaped grounds will delight gardeners and plant enthusiasts alike.
Built in the 1750s, Morven was the stately residence of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Two centuries and eleven families later, Brendan T. Bryne was the last New Jersey governor to call Morven home. Our story includes five generations of the Stockton family tree along with at least three generations of enslaved people followed by immigrant servants, Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. and his household staff, and finally five New Jersey Governors with their families, state and domestic employees.
By looking at the national historic landmark as a unique lens to view American history, the lives encapsulated in Morven’s walls embody national and international issues and movements on a very human and humane level. The new galleries include previously unheard voices alongside expanded presentations of the head-of-household personage in a more robust manner, that at times, is quite complex. Taking the traditional narrative and revealing it as a history of unique individuals who were reacting to the day’s events presents a very different approach to interpreting a historic site.
The legacy of serving as the Governor’s Mansion is preserved in second floor galleries presenting changing exhibitions that celebrate New Jersey’s cultural heritage.
Due to the historic nature of the building, the museum is only 80% wheelchair accessible. The museum entrance, located at the back of the building, is equipped with outdoor ramps for wheelchair access. Inside the museum, an elevator provides access to the restrooms as well as the majority of the second floor; two galleries on the second floor can only be reached by a small set of stairs.
Morven’s Stockton Education Center, where many programs are held, is fully wheelchair accessible.
The gardens and surrounding grounds are wheelchair accessible, although there are no fully paved paths. There is a flagstone path surrounding the Colonial Revival Garden, as well as a gravel path leading to the Johnson Pool House.
Morven does not have wheelchairs on site. Please email email@example.com with specific questions regarding accessibility at Morven.
Please help the museum staff protect the historic collections and works of art on view in the museum by following the rules listed below. We appreciate your help keeping the collections safe so that they may be enjoyed by many generations to come!
Photography is permitted on the first floor. No flash, tripods, or selfie sticks are to be used in the museum. Please check with Visitor Services regarding photograph in our changing second floor galleries.
Please refrain from touching items in the collection. Your touch may not seem like much, but even the slightest contact can damage the surface of a painting, discolor stone, and even rust metal.
Keep a safe distance between you and each work of art. This helps to avoid accidental touching or bumping.
No leaning on collection furniture or cases (either to write or for physical support). This helps keep historic collections and works of art safe. Feel free to sit on provided benches or chairs.
Running, pushing, and roughhousing are not allowed in the museum. Appropriate museum behavior is necessary to avoid accidentally bumping into and damaging historic collections and works of art.
No food, beverages, snacks, plants, or use of ink pens allowed.
No smoking, open flame, or weapons of any type are allowed in the museum.
No strollers or baby carriages may be brought into our galleries. This helps to avoid accidentally bumping into and damaging the Museum’s collections. Strollers may be left on Morven’s covered porch.
Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or a member of a supervised group. Please keep small children within your direct control.
Only small bags are allowed in the museum and all bags and backpacks must be worn on the front.
Persons who do not comply with our rules will be asked to leave. Those who refuse to leave will be escorted off the property by the Princeton Police Department.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please address any questions regarding our policies to security.