Old Barracks Museum

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Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ, USA

Old Barracks Museum Trenton Reviews

WalterC WalterC
386 reviews
Only remaining colonial barracks in New Jersey May 30, 2017
The Old Barracks Museum is a 2-part attraction, that was used to house soldiers during the colonial era. First during the French and Indian War (1754-1763), and later during the American Revolution, as it took part in the Battle of Trenton. The Battle of Trenton was a surprise attack by George Washington, as he led his army into Trenton after Christmas night in 1776, onto the Hessians (who were allies of the British). The Hessians were completely caught by surprise, and were defeated. And thus, the turning point of the American Revolution.

It also served as a hospital for the army, and the only remaining barracks left in New Jersey. So is it worth a visit? Here is the 2-parter…

1. The tour of the barracks – this can only be done on a guided tour, led by a guide in a period costume. This includes visits to the solders bedrooms and the Officer’s House. Plus the room that served as a hospital. The rooms are okay to look at, but the guide that I had, did a very good job here, explaining how it was for the soldiers to live in these type of places, back in the 18th century. Especially the part in the hospital room, and how they figure out if someone has smallpox.

2. The museum – there are 2 different sets of displays. One of them is on the French and Indian War, which tells the story of that war, with some artifacts. For some strange reason, photography is not allowed. Another set is on the Battle of Trenton, with its highlights being the miniature sets of the Battle of Trenton. Plus a short film on the battle itself. Both sets can be seen really quickly. I thought the museum part was okay, but nothing really special.

Overall, I thought this attraction was an interesting place to visit. Definitely worth it for the guided tour of the barracks. The museum part is really short, and not really a must-see. But luckily, the admission price is relatively low, so a visit here is not a complete waste. So to answer my earlier question, yes, it is worth it for the history buffs. But not enough to really go out of your way, just to see this place.
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WalterC says:
Yeah, that's is usually a minus for me, that I find unacceptable.
Posted on: Jun 25, 2017
Zagnut66 says:
It's annoying when you can't take photos in a history museum. I like to photograph the wall texts and read them at my leisure later on.
Posted on: Jun 24, 2017
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esterrene esterrene
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Step into history! Jul 22, 2008
If you are interested in Colonial American history then this is definitely a place for you to visit. The Barracks, located in downtown Trenton, NJ, has a history dating back to the French and Indian war and was vital part of part of Trenton's involvement in the American Revolution.

The fee is:

$8 for adults

$6 for Seniors and students with ID

Free for kids under 6

Included in the fee is an informative tour and access to a small museum housing colonial objects.

I found the staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions I had about the building and it's history..

For more information check: http://www.barracks.org/
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