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The Hermitage Museum has two main collections: the Hermitage Collection, owned by the State of New Jersey and for which the Friends have stewardship responsibility, and the Friends of the Hermitage Collection. The Hermitage Collection comprises items acquired through the estate of Mary Elizabeth Rosencrantz; the Friends’ Collection comprises items donated by private individuals since 1972.

In these collections, the Hermitage Museum acquires, preserves, and conserves objects from 1750 through the 20th century. The collections are noted for their range of historic objects and clothing, as well as personal items and papers relating to the Rosencrantz family who inhabited the property for 163 years.

Hermitage Collection

Friends of the Hermitage Collection

The Archives

A wide-ranging and diverse archival collection provides a glimpse into the past of the Rosencrantz family, the surrounding region, and New Jersey and American history as a whole. The material provides an important source for both students and scholars to work with primary source materials. The archives are accessible to qualified researchers by appointment. Among the items in the collection are:

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