National Guard Militia Museum To Reopen After Hurricane Sandy Disaster

SEA GIRT – The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey will reopen to the public at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. Located at the historic National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt, the museum, which closed as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy, will once again offer visitors a chronological history of the Garden State through the eyes of the militia and National Guard.

“This has been a long time coming,” said Capt. Vincent Solomeno, command historian of the New Jersey National Guard and the museum’s curator. “The museum sustained damage to 85% of its collection during the storm. We had five feet of water throughout the facility. Now, thanks in large measure to the generosity and time of individual volunteers, visitors will once again be able to learn about the rich history of New Jersey’s citizen soldiers and airmen.”

Following the October storm, volunteers set out to stabilize damaged artifacts and renovate a portion of facility with an eye toward resuming the museum’s mission of educating the public about Garden State military history.

Jerry Travers, 75, of Brick Township, is one of many volunteers who have dedicated time to the museum’s recovery. A retired Army National Guard sergeant, he said, “I was amazed at the damage done by the water, but we are making a comeback.”

Established in 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state. Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience.

The National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey reopens to the public at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. Following that date, the museum will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is free.

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