The Roebling Museum tells the story of the innovative ideas of John A. Roebling and the company town responsible for many technological achievements. The museum is located in Roebling, New Jersey, and is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 11am-4pm.
- You will learn all about the Brooklyn Bridge
One of the most iconic symbols of New York City was designed by John A. Roebling. It is now his best-known accomplishment. The bridge opened in 1883 and was the first fixed crossing of the East River. There are photographs of the process it took to create the cables and how they played a part in the construction of bridges. Roebling had his hands in bridges across the country and many are still being used on a daily basis today.
- The idea of a company town is presented as an immersive experience
Washington, Ferdinand, and Charles Roebling continued their father’s legacy and eventually oversaw four factories with 8,000 employees. The town was built to house workers who lived nearby from cradle to grave. In those days, homes and businesses were intertwined in such a fashion that they supported each other, built community, and found inspiration to create big things. Tour guides make the most of the experience by sharing stories and information about a time gone by.
- The experience expands outside of the museum
After visiting the museum, you can use the provided map to explore town. Some of the original buildings and brick houses built by the Roebling family still stand today. It is a testament to the concept of the company town. It is also a wonderful way to learn about the town because you will have just seen the exhibits so everything will have a different meaning. A walking tour of the company town is provided every Saturday at 1pm (tours are cancelled for rain or extreme heat).
- Roebling is more than just bridges
John A. Roebling was a true innovator. While he is best known for the Brooklyn Bridge, the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company also worked on telegraphs and telephones, electrification, deep mines, big ships, elevators, and airplanes. It is like the entire town is a microcosm of the industrial age.
- This is an indoor and outdoor museum
The museum boasts an introductory film, five galleries of exhibits with hundreds of artifacts, and volunteer guides that are happy to answer every question that comes up. After filling your brain with fascinating information inside, step outside and stroll through a seven-acre historic landscape. Along the way you will pass industrial equipment once used to build some of the most iconic bridges in the country. All of this is included for the price of museum admission, no extra fees for special exhibits. Adult admission is only $7.
- The Museum has been celebrating for more than 10 years
The Roebling Museum opened its doors in 2010. For the last 12 years, it has featured a vibrant schedule of programs, exhibits, and tours that applaud John A. Roebling, his family, and the people who dedicated their lives to working for him.
- The Museum is involved in community art
It is truly amazing what can happen when a group of people come together to make art. The Roebling Museum has a chain link fence that it uses as part of a community art project. Natural, recycled, and upcycled objects are encouraged to be used in project ideas that can be submitted on the website. When people apply with their ideas, extra points are given to concepts that encourage community engagement and interaction.
- You can keep having fun with the museum even after you return home
The Roebling Museum has a page on JigsawPlanet where you can test your brain with images from the museum. What a great way to reminisce about what you saw and learned.
- The museum is easy to access
The Roebling Museum has a parking lot behind the building. If you prefer to use public transportation, the Roebling River Line light rail station is located in the parking lot.
- The museum is very close to the inn
The Roebling Museum is only six miles from the Lily Inn. You can sleep in, get lunch in Burlington, then drive over the museum for a few hours. It is so close it does not even count as a day trip. A brand-new exhibit opened on October 1, 2022. Even if you have been to the museum before, there is a fresh reason to visit again.