Main House Tours:
In 1760, when lawyer William Livingston was planning to build a country home, he brought 120 acres in what was then sleepy bucolic Elizabethtown, 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 purchases the house in 1811 in which it will be become the Kean family household until 1995. The expands from Livingston’s fourteen room colonial home into the exquisite 50-room Victorian mansion you see today. The museum houses extensive 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.
This tour 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 once owned by the City of Union, New Jersey, and 1928 Seagrave Fire engine once owned by City of Elizabeth, New Jersey. There is also a 1950s Mack Firetruck housed outside the museum which could be played on.
Harry Potter at Liberty Hall: This December, Liberty Hall will be transformed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Rooms in the house will be turned into some of our favorite rooms from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Harry Potter themed Christmas tour is part of our normal tour and tour schedule. No reservations required unless there is a party of 10 or more. Our Christmas tours starts on Friday, November 29th and run through Saturday, December 28th. Click here for more information
History in the Bottle: This is our newest permanent exhibit at Liberty Hall. The exhibit displays the “best” of the alcohol collection- spirits, wines, and liquors from the Livingston and Kean families; including bottles of 18th century Lenox Madeira, a Portuguese wine favored by many founding fathers like George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. The exhibit shows the timeline of alcohol not only in the United States but the world using the collection found in the main house.
We currently do not have any upcoming exhibits but check back soon for updates.