Newark Museum


49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
County: Essex


Ms. Kristin Curry

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For general operating support of the Newark Museum's 2015-16 exhibitions and programming.

Organization Background

The Newark Museum is one of the most influential museums in the United States with diverse collections of over 218,000 objects, among the top 30 museums nationally, which showcase a broad range of works that explore the past, inspire the present, and provide a glimpse into the future. Bringing together art and science, the Museum allows for an educational and inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including American, Asian, African, Decorative and Classical art in addition to Natural History. The Museum boasts the greatest collection of Tibetan art in the western hemisphere, the 1885 National Historic Landmark Ballantine House, one of the leading collections of American Modernism in the country, and one of the most comprehensive collections of African art of any museum.

Founded in 1909 by John Cotton Dana, the Newark Museum is known for its thoughtful approach to collecting and presentation. Its dynamic mission statement mandates that:

The Newark Museum operates in the public trust as a museum of service, a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies. We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve.

The Newark Museum is also known for its influential role in the development of modern museum education, the foundation of which museums around the world are still building upon today. The Museum continues this legacy in the present and is nationally recognized as a leader in museum education. Each year, more than 123,000 children, families and adults participate in art and humanities education programs, including more than 84,000 school-age children. Through programming for students and teachers, the Museum offers 80 different customizable courses throughout the year to meet the needs of NJ school districts, including a robust early childhood initiative that serves 20,000 early learners each year. Public programs focus on the fusion of art and science through Makerspace programs as well as family festivals, dynamic gallery talks and lectures, film screenings, music performances, and hands-on "making" gallery experiences.

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