Monmouth County Historical Association
70 Court Street
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
Days of Operation
Tuesday – Saturday (Museum)
Wednesday – Saturday (Research Library & Archives)
10:00am to 4:00pm
On street free parking available
Children under 6 are free
Monmouth County Historical Association’s Headquarters houses the main Museum and Research Library & Archives as well as the offices of the Association.
Sharing the tree-lined street with the county courthouse, MCHA’s museum was designed by architect J. Hallam Conover and built on land donated by Association member David Vanderveer Perrine. The original design of the elegant colonial revival brick structure was loosely based on Mt. Vernon. The doors first opened on October 6, 1931 to a crowd of 300 visitors, elected officials, and MCHA members. Since then it has continued to welcome visitors to a variety of exhibitions in its galleries on two floors of the museum. The Headquarters also houses the Research Library & Archives which contains print and documentary historical and genealogical materials.
The Museum’s collection is of national significance. One of the many highlights of the collection and a centerpiece of the Museum is the painting “Washington at Monmouth Emanuel Leutze, the artist best known for his famous work “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” “Washington at Monmouth” was on loan to Mount Vernon in 2009 and prominently displayed during a year-long special exhibition on Washington.
Over the years, MCHA has presented a wide variety of exhibitions exploring many facets of Monmouth County’s rich history. Many of the exhibitions have drawn on the Museum’s collection of over 30,000 objects of fine and decorative arts and other material culture representing Monmouth County and New Jersey life from the 17th century to the present (link to Collections here?); while some feature items borrowed from other institutions or individuals. The Tracking Sandy exhibition represents the first contemporary endeavor drawing from public participation to create an archive and potential collection of related objects.
We invite you to come and visit 70 Court Street in Freehold for research or to explore our current exhibitions.