The State Museum holds more than 12,000 works of art including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs.

The collection focuses on American art, highlighting works that depict New Jersey scenes and events as well as the work of New Jersey artists within the context of American history. For example, through the display of Native American and European objects produced in Colonial New Jersey, a long-term exhibition provides a view of the competition among 17th-century Dutch, Swedish and English to start colonies, and to develop a successful fur trade with the Indians who were living in the area that is now New Jersey.

The collection is strong in the area of American modernists associated with Alfred Stieglitz; American abstract artists of the 1930s and 1940s; a notable collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century African-American artists; contemporary American and New Jersey art; the complete graphic outputs of Ben Shahn and Jacob Landau.

A satellite gallery is located in the Dept of State building.

Exhibitions & Dates

  • Hearth & Home

    Oct 7 2017 - Sep 9 2018

    Rare collection of Eastern Woodlands Native American dwelling models connect home and culture