Main House Tours:
In 1760, lawyer William Livingston sought out to build a country retirement home. He purchased 120 acres in a bucolic suburb called Elizabethtown (modern-day Union, NJ), just across the river from his New York home. For the next 12 years, Livingston developed the extensive grounds, gardens, orchards and oversaw the building of a beautiful fourteen room Georgian-style home known as Liberty Hall. William Livingston would go on to become New Jersey’s first elected governor, and a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
William Livingston’s niece, Susan (Livingston) [Kean] Niemcewicz purchased the home in 1811. The property continued to be the Kean household until 1995. During this time, the mansion expanded from Livingston’s fourteen room colonial home into the exquisite 50-room Victorian mansion you see today. The museum houses collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families.
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 250 years of American and New Jersey history through the eyes of one family’s household.
Tours are 1 hour long and run every hour on the hour from 10am-3pm, Wednesday-Sunday. All tickets must be pre-purchases at least 1 hour in advance ahead of scheduled tour time. For tickets, please click here. Due to social distancing guidelines, all tours will have a capacity to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.
Take a guided tour of the Property and Gardens every Wednesday – Sunday (April – October)! All tickets must be pre-purchased at least 1 hour ahead of schedule tour time. For tickets, please click here. Due to social distancing guidelines, all tours will have a capacity to ensure the safety of our patrons and staff.
This is an added option to your tour. Compromised of items inherited from the private collection of Stewart Barney Kean with a mission to promote fire safety and education for children and adults. Home to a unique collection of New Jersey firehouse memorabilia, including three historic engine, the Liberty Hall Firehouse Museum reveals how brave firefighters extinguished a blaze more than 200 years ago. Our three historic engines include: 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Pumper, 1927 American LaFrance Fire Engine once owned by the City of Union, New Jersey, and 1928 Seagrave Fire Engine once owned by City of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Outside the Firehouse, you will also find a 1950s Mack Firetruck which can be played on.
“How Long Must We Wait: Suffrage and Ladies of Liberty Hall” celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. The exhibit showcases the struggle of the ladies who organized and catapulted the Suffrage movement onto the forefront of the nation’s stage, though it does not shy away from discussing the ladies who were anti-suffrage. How Long Must We Wait also shines a light on the strong willed women who lived at Liberty Hall, many of whom went above and beyond their station and gender to make the world a better place. This exhibit will be on display through December 26, 2021.