Kean University Offers Free Admission to Liberty Hall Museum for Museum Day
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 22 as part of Smithsonian magazine's 14th Annual Museum Day. The national celebration represents a commitment to access, equity and inclusion at cultural institutions nationwide.
Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year's events, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before. The theme this year is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
Liberty Hall Museum will host three 45-minute presentations on the Ladies of Liberty Hall at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be children's activities based on the day-to-day activities of the women who lived at Liberty Hall, which is the historic home of New Jersey's first elected governor William Livingston.
"A large part of Liberty Hall's 240-plus years of American history are the amazing accomplishments of the women who lived here from the American Revolution to the 20th century," said Bill Schroh, director of museum operations. "So the theme of Museum Day this year ties in to what we do every day at Liberty Hall."
Museum Day visitors will get a full tour of the historic house as well as the museum's World War I exhibition, Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War. The exhibition shares the story of the Kean brothers - Captain John Kean and First Lt. Robert W. Kean - and their experiences of the war from boot camp to the front lines. Using firsthand accounts from letters and postcards, as well as photographs and personal objects, the exhibition allows visitors to walk in their footsteps.
Museum Day tickets are available for download at Smithosonian.com/MuseumDay. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22. One ticket is permitted per email address.
For more information, visit Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay.
Image: One of the "Ladies of Liberty Hall," Christine (Kean) Griffin worked as a nurse in the U.S. Sanitary Commission on the USS Daniel Webster, tending to both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.