Welcome!

Welcome to the Hoboken Historical Museum. And we really mean “welcome”! The Museum aims to be one of the most welcoming organizations in town—we celebrate long-time residents with oral history chapbooks, we help new residents learn the rich lore of this unique waterfront town, we bring everyone together for Baby Parades, House Tours and Secret Garden Tours, we invite toddlers every other Thursday for Uptown Storytime and school/scout groups for fun educational programs, and we greet visitors just passing through who want a handle on what Hoboken is all about.

Through our exhibits, our collections and our programs, we celebrate the one-of-a-kind characters and the shared interests that unite us with the people who lived here long ago. Our current exhibit, “Driving Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels,” is a perfect example of that. A bold engineering project that required a leap of faith on the part of state and local officials, the tunnels today are an important part of daily life for both Hoboken, New York and our neighboring communities.

Whether you were born here, recently moved here, or are just curious about the “Mile Square City,” we invite you to stop by 1301 Hudson St., six days a week (Tues.-Thurs., 2 – 7 pm; Fri. 1 – 5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 12 – 5 pm), and see what our talented curator and collections manager have dug up lately. If you stop in, say hi to our friendly staff and volunteers, Bill, Eileen, Michelle, Vicky and Dennis, or whoever happens to be helping out that day.

And please explore our website 24 hours a day, at your convenience, and see what’s been added to our highly searchable online collections archive. Or check out our events calendar for upcoming programs, or browse through our past exhibitions to learn more about Hoboken’s past.

We’ll use this blog to highlight elements of our exhibits and events, or aspects of Hoboken’s history that didn’t quite make it into an exhibit. We welcome your questions, feedback and suggestions through the comments section of this blog. Please bear in mind that we’re not a large organization and can’t research all incoming questions, but we’ll try to help point you in the right direction if we can.

– Melissa Abernathy, Communications & Volunteer Coordinator

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2 Responses to Welcome!

  1. ROXANNE CINTRON says:

    According to other sources, the Italian explorer Verrazano came to New York Bay in the sixteenth century, years before Henry Hudson.

    • Hoboken Historical Museum says:

      Thanks for your comment about Verrazano’s voyage. While his was an important early exploratory expedition and should not be overlooked, Hudson’s expedition went much farther up the river, and his detailed records of the surrounding territory led to its settlement by the Dutch. That’s why we start Hoboken’s recorded history with Henry Hudson. Further, Hudson’s first mate’s journal specifically describes a bluff believed to be Hoboken’s Castle Point.

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