Newark Museums & History

Newark Museums & HistoryThe Big Apple may have some of the most famous museums in the world, but the Garden State has quite a few fun tricks up its sleeve. Check out some of the smaller, but nevertheless interesting museums in Newark and nearby areas. These museums and historical houses offer a unique perspective on everything from the evolution aviation to Thomas Edison’s rival.

Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey
Learn about New Jersey’s role in American aviation and space age heritage through a wide collection of historic aircraft, space equipment, artifacts, photographs, art and models on display at the Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum of New Jersey. See reminders of the two-centuries worth of contributions and aeronautical achievement as you explore this specialty museum.

Address: 400 Fred Wehran Rd., Teterboro NJ 07608 - MAP
Phone: (201) 288-6344
Web: www.njahof.org

American Labor Museum
The American Labor Museum, also known as the Botto House National Landmark, is another unique specialty museum. Once the home of Pietro and Maria Botto, this building is where leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World union spoke to workers participating in the Paterson Silk Strike of 1913. Today, the national landmark serves as a museum about the history of work, workers and the global labor movement.

Address: 83 Norwood Street, Haledon, NJ 07508 - MAP
Phone: (973) 595-7953
Web: www.labormuseum.net

The Hermitage House
The beautiful stone house and museum, known as Hermitage House, has born witness to many historically significant people and events over the centuries. More than 10,000 people visit this historic home annually for fun, history-themed events, special exhibitions and hands-on activities. Come hear its stories and learn about New Jersey and America’s past.

Address: 335 North Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423 - MAP
Phone: (201) 445-8311
Web: www.thehermitage.org

The Jewish Museum of New Jersey
Housed in the oldest and longest continuously operated synagogue in the city, the Jewish Museum of New Jersey represents what was once the sixth largest Jewish community in the US. Inside this museum, you will find a large collection of historic manuscripts, art, clothing, tools and various other artifacts.

Address: 145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104 - MAP
Phone: (973) 485-2609
Web: jewishmuseumnj.org

The Weston Museum
On the third floor of the Van Houten Library at the New Jersey Institute of technology is the Weston Museum, a rare museum devoted to Edward Weston. A contemporary and rival of Thomas Edison’s, Weston was a well-known scientist and inventor of his time, as well as a founding member of the university. View photographs and artifacts from his laboratory in this display.

Address: 182 Central Ave., Newark, NJ 07103 - MAP
Phone: (973) 596-3206
Web: library.njit.edu

The New Jersey Historical Society
The aptly named New Jersey Historical Society preserves and shares the history, traditions and physical records of the Garden State’s past and present. Hear both the good and the bad stories, the tales of trial and triumphs. See artifacts dating from the colonial era to the modern day, including books, letters, costumes, furniture, art and accessories.

Address: 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 596-8500
Web: www.jerseyhistory.org

Liberty Science Center
Learn about the wonderful world of science at the interactive Liberty Science Center. New Jersey’s first major science museum, the Liberty Science Center in Liberty State Park contains an entire day’s (or possibly two) worth of activities for people of all ages. With nine permanent exhibits, various traveling ones and an enormous IMAX screen, this science center makes natural history fun!

Address: 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 - MAP
Phone: (201) 200-1000
Web: lsc.org

Jersey Explorer Children's Museum
Children and children at heart will appreciate a trip to the Jersey Explorer Children’s Museum, where visitors can learn about everything from history to science. Built and staffed entirely by the NJ Youth Corps, this unique hands-on museum allows guests to travel through time to the civil rights era, discover scientific laws through fun experiments, travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and more!

Address: 192 Dodd St., East Orange, NJ 07017 - MAP
Phone: (973) 673-6900
Web: www.jerseyexplorer.org

Newark Museum
The largest museum in the city, the Newark Museum hosts a variety of art and natural history exhibits in its buildings. See historic and contemporary art from around the globe as well as one of the most well respected Tibetan galleries in the world. Explore the Dreyfuss Planetarium and Victoria Hall of Science or head out behind the museum for even more fun in the Memorial Garden and the Fire Museum.

Address: 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102 - MAP
Phone: (973) 596-6550
Web: www.newarkmuseum.org

Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center
Once a local hangout for jazz musicians and other artists, the current Sumei Multidisciplinary Art Center at the Button Factory was created when these musicians, visual and fine artists, architects and designers began broadening their reach in the Newark community and beyond. The Sumei Center now maintains an impressive permanent collection as well as some of the best temporary and travelling exhibits.

Address: 85 Hamilton St., Newark, NJ 07105 - MAP
Phone: (973) 589-5525
Web: www.sumei.org

Also...

Montclair Art Museum

Address: 3 S Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042 - MAP
Phone: (973) 746-5555
Web: www.montclairartmuseum.org

Hunterdon Art Museum

Address: 7 Lower Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 - MAP
Phone: (908) 735-8415
Web: www.hunterdonartmuseum.org