The home of many well-known artists through the years, including William Dunlap and George Inness, Perth Amboy is a community with a lively arts scene. The Gallery Center is the hub of arts activities and exhibitions for the community and presents six major exhibits annually in addition to showcasing the work of local artists and art students. Concerts, poetry readings, dance exhibitions, and annual cultural and community celebrations are also held here. The active arts and enrichment programs at the center offer something for every creative spirit. Take a class in dance, music, drawing, painting, or ceramics, or sign the kids up for a course.
Historic Perth Amboy
As the colonial capital of the Province of East Jersey, Perth Amboy is a historically rich community, dating to the arrival of Dutch colonists in the 1650s. Several notable landmarks from this period still stand, including City Hall and the Proprietary House, the only remaining Royal Governor's Mansion in the United States from the Colonial Era. Perth Amboy became a major port for the mid-Atlantic in the 1700s, which in turn spurred population growth and industrial development in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many historic landmarks from these periods also remain, including Raritan Yacht Club, the oldest in the nation, dating to 1865.