New Jersey

Old Barracks Museum

 
The Old Barracks Museum is one of the colonial barracks constructed in New Jersey during the 18th century, and is the only restored military structure in the state associated with the Colonial Wars. Visitors can experience this period in history as they interact with historical interpreters in our living history and camp-in programs. Guided tours of the French and Indian War Gallery are also available. Groups unable to visit can reserve an outreach program, where a costumed staff member visits their location and demonstrates aspects of colonial life.
 
 
Contact Info
Address: 101 Barrack St., Trenton, NJ 08608. Mercer County.
Tel: 609-396-1776.
Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 10AM-5PM. Last tour at 4PM.
 
SCHOOL
Groups go back in time to 1777 and learn about the trials and tribulations faced by soldiers in Washington’s army and other people who lived in New Jersey. Witness a weapons demonstration, and learn about 18th-century medicine. Students can then hear an account of the Battle of Trenton or meet with a Loyalist who challenges their readiness to join General Washington. Workshops can be added on to the program, and include colonial clothing, children's toys, the experience of women and African Americans, and the French & Indian War.
 
Contact Info
Name: Lauren Ronaghan.
Phone: 1-888-BARRACK.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American history, colonial history, French & Indian War, New Jersey history, Revolutionary War.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 15 students, max. varies per program, but can go up to 120.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Cost: Varies, begins at $6.
Accessibility: ADA compliant.
 
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can register for the Meet the Past program to learn about Washington’s army, colonial life, and more. Activities will allow scouts to meet with costumed interpreters, dress as soldiers, observe a weapons demonstration, tour exhibits, and more. The Museum also offers overnight camp-ins, where scouts can spend the night in the soldiers’ bunks, cook over an open fire, and more.
 
Contact Info
Name: Lauren Ronaghan.
Phone: 1-888-BARRACK.
 
Supports Scout Badges In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American history, colonial history, French & Indian War, New Jersey history, Revolutionary War.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 15 scouts, max. varies per program, but can go up to 120.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Scouts to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Cost: Varies, begins at $6.
Accessibility: ADA compliant.
 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschool groups can visit the Old Barracks Museum to learn about its history in colonial times, and through the Revolutionary and French and Indian Wars. Pre- and post-visit activities are available online. Groups of 15 or more can register for the Meet the Past program to experience what life was like for soldiers in Washington’s army, and to learn about colonial life with costumed interpreters.
 
Contact Info
Name: Lauren Ronaghan.
Phone: 1-888-BARRACK.
 
Supports Classroom Learning In: Social Studies.
Topics Covered: American history, colonial history, French & Indian War, New Jersey history, Revolutionary War.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: 3rd-12th.
Group Size: Min. 15. Max. varies per program, but can go up to 120.
Program Type: Day Trips, Overnight Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach.
Recomm. Length of Visit: 45 minutes-2.5 hours.
Recomm. Ratio of Students to Staff: 10:1.
Registration: Phone, Email.
Cost: Varies, begins at $6.
Accessibility: ADA compliant.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Living History Lesson Plan

Two hundred thousand Civil War soldiers were boys no older than 16, and an estimated 300 women were brave enough to disguise themselves as men and fight in the war. The average soldier weighed only 145 pounds due to poor diet, long marches, disease, and tough living, and earned about $15 per month more. ... Continue