The Newark Museum describes itself as “not your ordinary museum”. It is certainly not—while it boasts an impressive fine art collection and programming, the museum also houses a Mini Zoo, a planetarium, a sculpture garden, and a National Historic Landmark, the Victorian Ballantine House. If your family or tour group includes a mixed bag of interests, this museum, the largest in New Jersey, has something for everyone. The Mini Zoo includes 100 species. The Ballantine House, built in 1885, features three private family rooms that have been restored to their Victorian look, along with galleries exhibiting decorative arts from the 1650s to the present. The art museum shows off special exhibitions as well as collections of African, Asian, American, and classical art.
Newark Museum Information
- Public Transportation: Easily accessible
- Handicapped Accessibility – Yes
- Hours : 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (October-June); 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday (July-September); museum is closed Mondays (except for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day), Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
- Admission : Suggested museum admission is $10 for adults; $6 for children, seniors, and students; planetarium admission is an additional $3 for adults and $2 for children, seniors, and students. AAA members qualify for a 2-for-1 admission deal. The following get free admission (not including the planetarium): Museum members, ASTC, ARMN card holders, Channel 13 card holders, NARM Card Holders, NJN, residents of Newark, staff or volunteers at other museums. Employees of the museum’s corporate underwriters also get in free.
- Membership : Memberships start at $50 for individuals, $60 for family/dual. Member benefits include free unlimited admission, invites to previews and events, express entry at selected events, Museum Shops and Café discount, discounts on public programs and arts workshops, reciprocal admission at more than 200 science and technology centers around the country through ASTC (Association of Science & Technology Centers) At the $100 level and above, members get reciprocal membership to over 150 art museums through NARM (North American Reciprocal Membership) and AMRN (Art Museum Reciprocal Network)