Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT ARE THE MUSEUM’S HOURS OF OPERATION?
Morven Museum & Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
WHEN ARE TOURS OFFERED?
Docent-led tours of the first floor are offered throughout the day at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.,
1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. No formal tours are offered during Festival of Trees/
DO YOU OFFER GUIDED TOURS OF THE SECOND FLOOR EXHIBITIONS?
There are no guided tours of the second floor exhibitions, though special gallery talks are often scheduled throughout the run of an exhibition. See Upcoming Programs for more details.
DO I NEED A RESERVATION FOR A TOUR?
Tours are first come, first served and do not require a reservation.
DO I NEED TO TAKE A TOUR TO VISIT MORVEN?
No. While you have the option to join one of our docent-led tours of the museum’s first floor, you can also explore our permanent collections, changing exhibitions, and gardens on your own.
WHAT ARE THE MUSEUM’S ADMISSION PRICES?
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, free for children 6 and under, and free for Friends of Morven.
DOES MORVEN OFFER A MILITARY DISCOUNT?
As a participating Blue Star museum, Morven offers free admission to active duty military personnel from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
WHERE DO I PURCHASE MY TICKET?
Tickets may be purchased on site in the Museum Shop, located directly behind the museum.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
The Museum Shop accepts cash, most major credit cards, and personal checks.
CAN MY ADMISSION BE APPLIED TOWARDS A MEMBERSHIP?
Yes, the cost of your admission may be applied towards a membership ONLY on the day of your visit. Please note that you must present your original receipt to be eligible.
DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE SHOP?
Yes, we offer a small sampling of exhibition-related materials and publications in our online shop.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO RE-ENTER THE MUSEUM ON THE DAY OF MY VISIT?
Yes, present your ticket and receipt upon reentry.
IS MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Due to the historic nature of the building, the museum is only 80% wheelchair accessible. For additional questions please call Security at 609.924.8144 ext 111
DOES MORVEN ACCOMMODATE GROUP TOURS?
Yes, group tours are offered on Mondays and Tuesdays when the museum is closed to the public. For more information, call Debra Lampert-Rudman at 609.924.8144 ext 106.
WHERE IS MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN LOCATED?
Morven Museum & Garden is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton, New Jersey, just south of downtown Princeton.
IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE ON SITE?
There is free parking on site at Morven. For other local parking options, visit princetonparking.org.
IS BUS PARKING AVAILABLE?
Bus parking is available for group visits, but Morven must be notified prior to the arrival of the bus.
IS MORVEN ACCESSIBLE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION?
Yes, Morven is easily accessed by regional rail and bus services.
DO YOU RECOMMEND MORVEN FOR YOUNG CHILDREN?
While the museum is not geared towards young children, families with children of all ages are most welcome to visit Morven.
DOES MORVEN ALLOW STROLLERS?
Morven does not allow strollers in the museum. However, they may be left on the back porch of the museum. Please see the Museum Rules for more details.
DOES MORVEN ALLOW PHOTOGRAPHY?
Photography of the museum’s collections is not permitted. Photos are welcome in the gardens and on the grounds. During Festival of Trees in December and early January, you are welcome to take photos of the museum’s interior holiday decorations. Please see the Museum Rules for more details.
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO SEE AND DO IN PRINCETON?
A lot! To name a few worthwhile places, we highly recommend visiting the Princeton University Art Museum, The Historical Society of Princeton, Drumthwacket, Princeton University’s campus, and the Princeton Battlefield State Park. See visitprinceton.org for more options.
DOES MORVEN HAVE A CAFÉ THAT SERVES FOOD OR BEVERAGE?
No, Morven does not serve food or beverage. However, we do welcome and encourage you to spread out a picnic blanket in the gardens or on the grounds. There are umbrella tables in the museum courtyard as well. Downtown Princeton also has plenty of places to eat and drink within walking distance of Morven.
IS MORVEN MUSEUM & GARDEN STILL THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION?
Although it was New Jersey’s first official Governor’s Mansion, and home to five governors from 1945–1982, Morven is no longer the residence of the governors of New Jersey. The last governor to live in Morven was Brendan Byrne.
DOES MORVEN RENT THE PROPERTY TO HOST WEDDINGS AND PRIVATE EVENTS?
Yes, Morven is open to private facility rentals for select occasions. Please visit Morven’s Private Eventspage for more information on available spaces to rent, or contact Diana Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (609) 924-8144 x105.
DOES MORVEN HAVE AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM?
For curatorial internship opportunities, please contact Morven’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Elizabeth Allan at email@example.com.
For development internship opportunities, please contact Morven’s Development Associate Kimberly Kolvites at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT ARE THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT MORVEN?
Morven offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Visit Morven’s volunteer page for further information.
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION FOR MORVEN’S TEA & TOUR?
Please call (609) 924-8144 x103 to make a reservation. Visit Morven’s Tea & Tour page for more information.
HOW DO I DONATE TO MORVEN?
By becoming a Friend of Morven and by participating in Morven’s fundraising events.
CAN I BUY A GIFT CERTIFICATE?
Yes, gift certificates are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.