Join Liberty Hall Museum for a Downton Abbey New Year’s Brunch! As Season 3 of Downton Abbey airs, come celebrate this momentous occasion as you step back in time and experience a New Year’s Brunch and dine like the Crawley family at Liberty Hall Museum. Includes a buffet brunch, party favors and a champagne toast!
Reservations required; $60 per couple. Please call 908-527-0400 to reserve, or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information.
Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 240 years of American history. The museum also houses extensive collections of furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse Museum, built in 2004, houses three antique fire engines, including a rare 1911 American LaFrance Metropolitan Steam Engine. Tours of Liberty Hall run Monday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on the half hour. General admission is $10 for adults, $8 for Kean Alumni, $6 for children and seniors. Kean Students and Faculty are free. Call 908-527-0400 or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall for more information.
From now until August 24, Liberty Hall examines the lives of the servants who worked in this mansion more than a century ago in the enlightening exhibit, Ring for Service: The Role of Servants in a Country House. In 1900, the needs of the Kean family who lived at Liberty Hall were met by the simple ringing of the servant’s bell. Who were the people who answered that call? For the first time ever, tours of the museum will highlight a typical day in the life of the servants, with the museum reinterpreted to focus on the places where the servants worked, slept and spent their leisure time. Two servants’ rooms in the attic will also be part of the tour - the first time the attic will ever be seen by the public. The tour concludes in the basement, where the kitchen, laundry and servants' dining room were located. As they walk from room to room, visitors will see a 1900s kitchen display complete with a sink, stove and various appliances, and the servants' dining room where the servants ate and spent their downtime. The wine cellar will also be reopened for this exhibit.