Founded in 1909, the Newark Museum is the largest art and education museum in the state of New Jersey, serving more than 400,000 children, adults and families through exemplary exhibitions and innovative school and public programs onsite, offsite and online. The Museum’s collections have achieved national and international renown in areas such as American painting and sculpture; decorative arts; the arts of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific; Asian art, including the most important collection of Tibetan art in the West; classical art; the Victorian-era National Historic Landmark Ballantine House; and the largest natural science collection in NJ, which is showcased in the Victoria Hall of Science. Additional facilities and resources include the new Makerspace at the Newark Museum, which features cutting edge, hands-on technology that highlights the art/science nexus; the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium, which utilizes the latest digital technology to engage young people in space science; SKYLAB, a traveling digital planetarium; the Margaret Chubb Parsons Learning Lab; the Newark Fire Museum; and the 1784 Old Stone Schoolhouse.
Unique in its historic commitment to community access, the Museum devotes a substantial portion of its facilities to youth and family programs and school-based education, including guided tours, lecture series, weekend drop-in workshops, family festivals, dance and music performances and special events. The Museum’s audience, which represents the city of Newark, surrounding counties and the greater metropolitan region, is economically and ethnically diverse and reflects the character of the New Jersey/New York region. Each year, more than 80,000 children, families and adults participate in year-round public education initiatives that include public programs for adults and children, and more than 60 different onsite and school outreach programs for students from Pre-K through 12th grade.