Spotlight: Old Barracks Museum

Come visit the Old Barracks Museum, located in the heart of historic Trenton, New Jersey.  We are excited to be able to share our important and unique story with visitors of all ages through a variety of programs, tours, and special events as we move towards the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution. 

Built in 1758 as a military barracks for the French and Indian War, it bore witness to Washington’s crucial victory at the Battles of Trenton. After the battles it became an army hospital that conducted smallpox inoculations for the Continental Army, a key procedure that saved thousands of soldiers’ lives during the war.

At the beginning of the 20th century, members of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames organized The Old Barracks Association and purchased the building.

The Old Barracks has been a museum for over a century and has frequently been used as a symbol for the state of New Jersey. The Old Barracks Museum is open year-round, Wednesday-Saturday.

Admission includes guided tours provided by our historically-outfitted interpreters, as well as several self-guided galleries featuring our role in the French and Indian War, the Battles of Trenton, and New Jersey’s 20th century history. Be sure to visit our website at for more information and to find out about our upcoming events.


PHOTO CAP: Photo courtesy of Old Barracks Museum

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