Ellarslie City Museum

Ellarslie, an 1848 Italianate villa, is located in Cadwalader Park. Once the park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Ellarslie served as a refreshment stand. In 1936 the Works Progress Administration renovated the building as the monkey house for the park’s zoo.

Now restored, Ellarslie serves as the City Museum of Trenton. The building contains gallery space throughout, as well as needed administration space and archival storage. The first floor exhibit area has galleries for changing exhibits. The second floor gallery house the permanent collection which pays tribute to the City’s rich history as an industrial center. All work was performed in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Interiors Secretary’s standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


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City of Trenton

Trenton, NJ

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