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SPARK! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light

September 19, 2017 – February 23, 2018

We take artificial light for granted in our modern world. Our homes, offices, classrooms, and even our cell phones provide us with almost instantaneous light. But there was a time when creating safe, affordable, and easily accessible light was a dangerous and dirty business.

SPARK! The Explosive and Dirty History of Light  illuminates the 18th and 19th century experience with light and tells the story of the dirty and sometimes explosive fuels that created that light. It also explores the early electrical experiments that eventually led us to the safe and clean lighting of the 21st century.

Coming Soon: Transportation Exhibit

Opening March 9th

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How far is the distance from farm to table? Most families in early New Jersey could measure it in inches. These farming families did not make their living “by bread alone.” They relied not only on wheat and corn, but also on bees, cows, apples, and vegetables to support themselves and their communities.

The Garden State: Living off the Land in Early New Jersey explores the odd assortment of tools, from bee smokers to cradle scythes, that farmers in 18th and 19th century New Jersey utilized in order to survive. The exhibit also features a new generation of Garden State farmers who are working to make the distance from farm to table a little bit shorter for today’s families.




Good Earth: Pottery and Terra Cotta Industries in New Jersey follows the world-famous New Jersey clay industry from the earthenware jugs of the colonial kitchen to the terra cotta masterpieces that shaped American skylines in the late 19th century. During this time, artisans and entrepreneurs competed to harvest the rich clay resources of New Jersey’s rivers.

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