I stumbled over The Newark Museum in the AAA NJ Tour Book. I've lived in NJ for more than 40 years, attended college in Newark and never knew that Newark has it's own museum. One might think it is just museum about the city but it is more than that. It includes 80 galleries of contemporary, 19th century, African, Asian and ancient art, a science hall and a planetarium. Also the Ballantine house, once occupied by the brewer and his family, is attached to the museum. It contains Victorian period, American furnishings in their original settings. On the day of our visit, a special exhibit focused on contemporary NJ artists.
We spent three hours there on a cool August afternoon and only saw half of it. We had the place virtually to ourselves. Everyone was very friendly and helpful from the docents to the parking lot attendant.
The science hall is intended for all ages but the interactive display will appeal to kids.
The price is a real bargain. The museum has it own ample off street parking lot ($8) so you do not have to worry about finding parking on the street. Admission is $12 for adults, but only $6 for AAA members. Also the gift shop offers a 10% discount for AAA members.
We'll definitely be going again to finish the rest of the museum and take in the planetarium show.
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