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Newark Museum

Newark Museum
Established 1909
Location 49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Director Steven Kern[1]
Public transit access Washington Park Station (Newark Light Rail)

James Street Commons Historic District
John Ballantine House
Newark Museum is located in Essex County, New Jersey
NRHP Reference # 78001758[2]
NJRHP # 1275[3]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 9, 1978
Designated NJRHP February 10, 1977
South building

The Newark Museum, in Joseph Stella, Tony Smith and Frank Stella.

The Newark Museum's Tibetan galleries are considered among the best in the world. The collection was purchased from Christian missionaries in the early twentieth century. The Tibetan galleries have an in-situ Buddhist altar that the Dalai Lama has consecrated. In addition to its extensive art collections, the Newark Museum is dedicated to natural science. It includes the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall of Science which highlights some of the museum's 70,000 specimen Natural Science Collection. The Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, located behind the museum, is the setting for community programs, concerts and performances. The garden is also home to a 1784 old stone schoolhouse and Fire Safety Center.

The museum was organized in 1909 by master Newark librarian John Cotton Dana "to establish in the City of Newark, New Jersey, a museum for the reception and exhibition of articles of art, science, history and technology, and for the encouragement of the study of the arts and sciences." The kernel of the museum was a collection of Japanese prints, silks, and porcelains assembled by a Newark pharmacist.[4]

Originally located on the fourth floor of the Newark Public Library, the museum moved into its own purpose-built structure in the 1920s after a gift by Louis Bamberger. It was designed by Jarvis Hunt who also designed Bamberger's flagship Newark store.[5][6] Since then, the museum has expanded several times, to the south into the red brick former YMCA, to the north into the 1885 Ballantine House, and in 1990, to the west into an existing acquired building. At that time much of the Museum, including the new addition, was redesigned by Michael Graves.

The Museum had a mini-zoo with small animals for some twenty years, until August 2010.[7]


  • See also 1
  • Notes 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

See also


  1. ^ “Newark Museum Senior Staff” Newark Museum website. Retrieved October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  3. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Essex County" (PDF).  
  4. ^ Alexander 1995, p. 390.
  5. ^ Jarvis Hunt Buildings - - Retrieved July 13, 2008
  6. ^ Alexander 1995, p. 399.
  7. ^ The Mini Zoo, Newark Museum website.



External links

  • Newark Museum
  • Dreyfuss Planetarium
  • Jan 11, 2009 New York Times article on Museum
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