Located in the heart of Newark, New Jersey, a city not immediately identified with the arts, the Newark Museum of Art is an absolute jewel. Finding it is a snap- large banners clearly mark the way through downtown. Secure parking is located next door for a nominal charge.
The Museum is actually several with a reasonable admission- $5 for adults and $2 for children, students, and seniors. Group rates are available. There is a small café on the premises. Fascinating collections include American, Native American, African, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Tibetan art and some from Ancient Rome and Greece.
The beauty of this place is its variety. The collection of Tibetan art here is the largest in the United States. An authentic Buddhist altar was constructed here by a Tibetan artist and consecrated by the Dalai Lama. There is a dress up spot so children can see what they’d look like if they lived in Tibet. Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed. Over three hundred pieces of American art forms an impressive collection containing works by Homer, O’Keefe, Hopper, and Bearden. Informative video presentations throughout the building provide a wealth of information on the collections.
The museum is home to a mini zoo with real animals, a planetarium, a science hall, and a full size Victorian home- something for everyone of every age. There is art to be admired and contemplated and hands-on activities for those who like to touch. It’s impossible to leave without painlessly learning something new and having a good time doing so. The Newark Museum of Art can be discovered time and again. The only drawback is its limited schedule. The museum is open from noon to five PM Wednesday through Sunday and closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, and July 4.
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