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The Mahwah Museum is situated at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

In 2001, the Mahwah Museum was established, and it was at that time that the Mahwah Historical Society’s holdings were transferred to the Museum, forming the basis of the institution that we know today. Under the rules of New Jersey, the Mahwah Museum Society is organized as a non-profit company that is recognized as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code. The Mahwah Museum is controlled by a Board of Trustees comprised entirely of volunteers.

The operating hours of the Mahwah Museum are every Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm. It is anticipated that museum employees and visitors would adhere to Covid-19-related requirements, including restricted capacity and one-way traffic flow. In addition, masks will be needed for access to the Museum to ensure the safety of our visitors and personnel.


The Museum’s admission fee is $5 per adult; minors under 18 are admitted free. The use of credit and debit cards is permitted.

Members of the Museum are admitted free of charge.


The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, Les Paul in Mahwah, and the Old Station and Erie Caboose are among the permanent displays of the Museum.

The Palisades Amusement Park in Miniature and A College Comes to Mahwah: Ramapo College, 1965-1975 are two displays that change on a rotating basis.

Tours for Educational Purposes and Small Groups

Tours are available for school and scouting groups and tours for other specialized groups. These tours take place most of the time while the Museum is closed to the general public. Registration is necessary for advancement, and a nominal price is associated.

Additonal info

Mahwah Museum’s purpose is to preserve and display the community’s history and ties to the surrounding area. Information on the history of Mahwah and the surrounding community may be found in museum displays. In addition, the Mahwah Museum offers a variety of in-person and virtual programs and events, including Gallery Talks given by volunteers who researched and created the exhibits, a lecture series featuring local history programs offered by distinguished amateur and professional historians, and workshops on topics related to the Museum’s mission. Small group visits for schools, scouts, and other interested organizations are also available.

The Museum’s collection of artifacts, pictures, historical records, and papers is meticulously conserved, recorded, and cataloged. Historians and researchers may see them by appointment.

The Museum offers context for the present and future by stimulating exploration, knowledge, and appreciation of the region’s legacy. For further information, call (201) 512-0099.

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