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“NJ's Best Kept Secret”
Review of Newark Museum

Newark Museum
Ranked #3 of 41 things to do in Newark
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Newark Museum, New Jersey's largest museum, invites you to enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences. Take an inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections, travel to the stars in our popular Planetarium, and stroll through our beautiful sculpture garden.
Reviewed 22 August 2014

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.

Thank lordstark45
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

I have been a member of this very under-rated museum and it is worth the trip into Newark. The parking is expensive $8.00 and I think this is unfair to members. I went in for the annual 'Jazz in the Park' program which should not be missed each summer. The program is getting shorter each year due to budget cuts but try to see the Ballentine House and the Planetarium while you are there. It really is a lot of fun..

Thank Justin W
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

During the summer months every Thursday at 12 noon, the Newark Museum hosts Summer Jazz in the Garden. A wonderful event to relax to.

Thank DaintyPrissyOne
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I am embarrassed it took me so long to visit Newark's own Historical Museum. I was fortunate to have seen the Vince Lombardi Trophy this year. The original trophy that was produced by Tiffany & Co. in Newark, New Jersey. THAT'S RIGHT...NEWARK, NJ! Aside from this they were exhibiting MING to Modern: Chinese Art. If you are travelling in Newark, stop by 'Newark Museum', you'll never know what great things they will be exhibiting.

2  Thank trader1727
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

The Newark museum is a great place to take the kids, you don't have to go into NYC to go to a good museum. They have frequently changing special exhibits.

1  Thank Richard W
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