49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
ContactMs. Kristin Curry
To support the Museum as an essential cultural resource for New Jersey residents through exhibitions and educational programming.
Founded in 1909 by museum pioneer and legendary librarian John Cotton Dana, the Newark Museum is known for its thoughtful approach to collecting and presenting works of art. Its mission statement mandates:
The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, 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. In the words of the founding director John Cotton Dana, "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning--and thus promotes learning."
The Newark Museum is one of the most historic and influential museums in the United States, ranking among the top 30 museums nationally in terms of its holdings. Its vast and diverse collections of more than 200,000 objects showcase a broad range of works that explore the past, inspire the present and provide a glimpse into the future. Bringing together a global collection of art and science, the Museum allows for an educational and inspirational journey through 80 galleries of world-class collections including African, American, Asian, Classical art and Decorative Arts from Europe and the Americas. The Museum's holdings include the largest collection of Tibetan art in the Americas, the 1885 National Historic Landmark Ballantine House, a distinguished and critically acclaimed collection of American Art and one of the most comprehensive collections of African art in the United States.
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. Through programming for students and teachers, the Museum offers 0 different customizable courses throughout the year to meet the needs of NJ school districts, including a robust early childhood initiative. Public programs include Makerspace programs as well as family festivals, dynamic gallery talks and lectures, film screenings, music performances and hands-on "making" gallery experiences.