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Trenton City Museum

299 Parkside Avenue

Museum History:

Ellarslie, an Italianate villa, was built for Henry McCall Sr. of Philadelphia as a summer residence in 1848. The architect selected to design Ellarslie was John Notman, known for designing the first Italianate building in America in Burlington, NJ, and the first Renaissance Revival building, the Athenaeum in Philadelphia. Notman was locally recognized for also designing the 1845 expansion of the New Jersey State House and the design for the State Hospital, which was also begun in 1848.

In February 1881, Henry McCall Jr. sold Ellarslie to George Farlee for $25,000. Seven years later, in September of 1888, the city of Trenton acquired the property from Farlee for $50,000, which also included the surrounding 80 acres, which would become the city's first public park, Cadwaladar Park, designed by the father of landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted.

The City of Trenton opened the first museum here in 1889, closing several years later. Ellarslie has been a restaurant, ice cream parlor and monkey house. The building itself has been home to several noted Trenton families over the years, and in 1971 renovations began to create the Trenton City Museum.

The Trenton City Museum opened in 1978 in Ellarslie Mansion with an exhibition from our permanent collection of Trenton cultural history. Ellarslie Mansion is included in the National Registry of Historic Places.


George Tester

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Ellarslie is kept open by a small group of dedicated art lovers in the community. It gets very little support from the City of Trenton. The building and location are gorgeous. The permanent exhibits of Trenton ceramics are worth the trip, and the rotating shows can very in quality from OK to superb. Definitely worth going to, and kudos to the folks who make it work.

richard micketti

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Great opening, some wonderful pieces. Ho see it.

Karen Croot

Saturday, May 5, 2018
We went to a artist show, the mansion and grounds are beautiful as are the displays of porcelain.

Randi Millstein

Friday, May 11, 2018
Gem of a museum in the heart of Cadealder park. Lots of local art, and a little history

Angel Jones

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
My fiance entered the museum and the lady told him "she didn't want him here." Came across as quite racist. I wish there was something we could do to change that and be united.

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