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A city museum that’s actually interesting? Yes, if it’s the “Ellarslie” museum, located in a converted 19th century mansion in the middle of Cadwalader Park (a slightly faded masterpiece designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, better know for his other design: Central Park).
Downstairs, it’s an art museum, with rotating shows focused on area artists. For those of us who love art museums in small doses, it’s perfect: only three lovely galleries. Even the most obsessive compulsive, art-loving spouse can’t drag it out for more than 45 minutes.
Upstairs, the “permanent” collection focuses on Trenton History. Some of it’s pretty dry, but the collection of Trenton-made pottery is fascinating and well worth checking out.
Somehow the museum has survived layoffs and severe budget cuts by the City: a strong “Friends of Ellarslie” continues to provide volunteers and keeps the museum alive and vibrant.
The museum shop is well worth checking out for unusual artifacts.