Celebrate Summer at Liberty Hall Museum this June

Families can enjoy a grounds pass, free admission for military service members, afternoon tea and more!

Kean University

UNION, N.J. –– As the school year draws to a close and people of all ages look for summer escapes, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University offers relaxing days in the gardens, free admission for military service members and afternoon teas.

Kicking off the summer is Liberty Hall's signature Wednesday Afternoon Tea from 2-4 p.m. on June 8 and 22. In the grand tradition of Mary Alice Kean, the last lady of the house, the popular tea service includes a scrumptious selection of scones, assorted pastries, traditional finger sandwiches, and the freshest of fruit, as well as an intimate, guided tour of the museum.

Liberty Hall Museum members are invited to a free Summer Picnic in the Gardens on Saturday, June 11, from 12-2 p.m. Food and drink will be provided; bringing a blanket is encouraged but not required.

Afternoon Tea in the Gardens on Sunday, June 12, from 2–4 p.m., will feature a scrumptious selection of scones, assorted pastries, traditional finger sandwiches and fruit. As guests enjoy their afternoon tea, they’ll be treated to a talk about the history of the Liberty Hall gardens and gardening tips on the proper care of roses. Admission is $40 per person and includes a tour.


All month long, guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon wandering the grounds, admire the large variety of blooming flowers or enjoy a walk along our Serpentine Path. Grounds passes are available for $5 per person, $3 per child, and include full access to the 11-acre property. The Liberty Hall grounds are open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University is again participating in Blue Star Museums to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families through Labor Day Weekend 2016. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.

For reservations and further information, call 908-527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall. Liberty Hall Museum is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. 

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit www.kean.edu

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with tours leaving every hour.

Liberty Hall Museum is made possible in part through funding from The New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.