HUNTERDON ASSEMBLYWOMAN Simon Bill To Revamp State Museum Passes Assembly Panel

 Assembly Republican Donna Simon’s bill revising the governance and administration of the State Museum in Trenton was approved today by the Tourism, Gaming and Arts Committee. A-3509 establishes a Division of the State Museum in the Department of State and abolishes the museum board of trustees.


“We are forging a new direction so the State Museum can finally live up to its promise,” said Simon, R – Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex. “We can have a museum that attracts more visitors, provides more relevant offerings, and showcases the rich history of our state. Effective fund-raising and access to grants will allow our museum to compete with better-known institutions in the tri-state region.”


Under the bill, all duties and powers of the current board are transferred to the division. Also, the bill required the division to employ an executive director with a minimum of five years experience managing an accredited museum.