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Old Barracks Museum, Trenton

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Military Museum Landmark
The Old Barracks was at the center of the Battle(s) of Trenton, 1776, and was used by the British and Hessians. Later, it served as a military hospital and was the site of perhaps the world's first large-scale smallpox inoculations.
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  • A great place to visit. We got to see a snapshot in time of what it was like to be a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Tour guides were very well informed and eagerly shared their enthusiasm for h...  more »
  • We were interested in tracing an Ancestry link to a Hessian soldier. A suggestion was made to visit the David Library of the American Revolution, very helpful to research. We were in a tour of school ...  more »
  • This is an excellent site to learn not only about the British role in the French and Indian War but the long history of the barracks built in Trenton to house its hundreds of soldiers. Interesting to ...  more »
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  • Great local piece of history. Hadn't been here since I was young, took the kids on a whim and they had a great time. A few of the reenactors participated in a speed reloading contest with their muskets for a local news crew - the winner was able to fire 4 rounds in just over 1 minute.
  • authentic information concerning U.S. history, inspirational, patriotic, connects with the younger generation, school trips,public tours for natives and foreign tourists, gift shop, authentic musicians playing drums and fifes of the revolutionary period, might get a glimpse of musical unit practicing/performing in the courtyard. Very worthy daytrip.
  • A nice little bit of history in the middle of Trenton. The staff was friendly and made it interesting for kids, but there really was not much else to do.
  • Really a great museum at a great price! Ton's of interesting exhibits and artifacts, as well as a great tour through the restored Barracks building that was used by soldiers during the Revolutionary War and the 7 Years War. I have been to a lot of museums, Revolutionary History is a hobby of mine, and I can tell you that this museum is everything a museum should be. There is s a guided tour led by people dressed in old fashioned clothes, the tour guide takes you through several rooms that have been restored to look the way they did in the 1770s. I was blown away by the level of detail. They even had copies of actual pamphlets that people read back then, plus things like clothes, guns, and furniture that were all period accurate. It really captured the imagination. The other parts of the museum were just as good. After the tour ends, you are free to browse around some other areas and look at the exhibits. They have sections for the Revolutionary War and also the 7 Years War (the war before the Revolution). They had several real artifacts such as guns and swords owned by soldiers at the time and an old 400 year old canoe used by natives. Also interesting paintings, and lots of good information explaining the exhibits. The exhibit halls were smallish, but I didn't mind. I have given bad reviews to museums before (stay away from the Boston Tea Party Museum, its over-priced and underwhelming). But this museum is a great, and at $8 per person it was well worth the price of admission.
  • Wonderful museum of Trenton's history during the US revolution. Visiting when they have reenactors dressed in period costumes is an added bonus!