The ribbon-cutting ceremony of Morven Museum & Garden’s new Stockton Education Center was celebrated on Thursday, May 3rd.
The center will allow Morven to provide more robust programming, share the remarkable history of Morven, and celebrate the cultural heritage of New Jersey.
The new facility enhances the site and the use of the site by the Museum and provides flexible program space, a dedicated classroom, and visitor amenities including interpretation, and public rest facilities, as well as below ground offices and storage.
The design required review and re-evaluation of a 2008 Master Plan for the Museum & Gardens. GWWO worked with the Borough of Princeton Historic Preservation Review Committee and the New Jersey Historic Sites Council to gain approval for all changes to the master plan which not only improves way-finding, but maintains the Mansion as a museum and the site’s most important element.
History of Morven Musem & Garden
Morven Museum & Garden is a National Historic Landmark located on 5 acres in Princeton, NJ. Built in the 1750’s for Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the house remained in the Stockton family for over 150 years. It was rented by Robert Wood Johnson of Johnson & Johnson in the early twentieth century, and served as the NJ Governor’s mansion from 1954-1982. It opened as a museum and public garden showcasing the cultural heritage of New Jersey in 2004. It is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the non-profit private organization Historic Morven, Inc.