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Trailside Nature and Science Museum

The Trailside Nature and Science Museum is a great place to take the kids today! Learn about the geology and biology of Union County.


The Trailside Nature and Science Museum is Union County’s Environmental Education Center and is located in the Watchung Reservation. There are 4500 square feet of interactive exhibits including an incredible 34 foot American beech tree that is home to dozens (hundreds?) of fascinating smaller exhibits such as this hawk’s nest. We were fascinated by the tree and spent a lot of time going up and down the stairs that surround the tree to make sure we had seen every little gem.









At the base of the tree you’ll find these shelled treasures.




You’ll also love the small room, hidden behind a black curtain, that houses rather boring looking rocks. But, push the button and the lights go out and a fluorescent light shows you why these rocks are so incredible!





Another of our favorite exhibits was this one, dedicated to the Hadrosaur, New Jersey’s State dinosaur.





Whatever you do, don’t miss the night room, hidden in another corner of the museum. Sit on the small steps and watch and listen as the sounds and sights of the night come alive in one of the most magical 5 minutes you’ll ever find in a museum.

Be sure to sit on the bench facing the garden for a while and watch the birds come and visit!

New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum in Newark through January

New Jersey’s Hall of Fame is a digital collection of New Jersey citizens – past and present – who have made contributions to society and the world. Nominees are elected to the Hall of Fame by public vote in the categories of Arts and Entertainment, Enterprise, Historical, Sports, and General, and an Induction Ceremony occurs once a year. Now in its sixth year, the Hall of Fame has more than 60 members including:

  • Grover Cleveland
  • Whitney Houston
  • Joe Piscopo
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Christopher Reeve
  • Tony Bennett
  • John Travolta
  • Danny DeVito
  • Frankie Valli
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Jon Bon Jovi 
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • Phil Rizzuto
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Clara Barton
  • Yogi Berra
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • Vince Lombardi
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Meryl Streep
  • Harriet Tubman


The digital collection is complemented by a mobile museum enclosed in a 53 foot long double expandable trailer which expands to 850 square feet that is nearly 14 feet high. Inside, there are multimedia exhibitions about how New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees have made a difference as innovators and leaders.  The mobile museum travels throughout the State.

You can see the mobile museum from now until January 26th at the Newark Museum at 49 Washington Street in Newark. On January 28th, it will be part of Super Bowl festivities at the Prudential Center at 165 Mulberry Street in Newark. To see a complete schedule, click here.


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