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Long Profile of The Newark Museum in NJ

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Established:

The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey was established in 1909 as an art and science museum. It is the largest museum in New Jersey.

According to their website: "Eighty galleries house The Newark Museum’s permanent collection. The Museum complex also includes the 1885 Ballantine House, a restored National Historic Landmark; the Victoria Hall of Science; The Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium; the Arts Workshop for Adults; the Billy Johnson Auditorium; the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden; an authentic Schoolhouse from 1784; and the Newark Fire Museum."

History:

The Newark Museum was founded in 1909 as a museum encompassing art, science and industry.

In 1989, the Museum was renovated by American architect Michael Graves.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and 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 founding Director John Cotton Dana, 'A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning — and thus promotes learning.'"

Location:

The Newark Museum is located in Newark's Downtown/Arts District.

It is easily accessible by public transport via train, light rail, and bus. Please refer to the Museum's website for specific directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations.

The Museum sends their Thangka works to the Textile Conservation Workshop (TCW) in South Salem, NY. The "TCW employs a staff of nine, including seven professionally trained conservators educated in the ethics, philosophy, history and techniques of textile conservation."

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired work from ancient Egypt, the Near East, Greece and Rome.

The collection includes: "18th- to 20th-century American Painting and Sculpture; an important collection of Decorative Arts including the nation’s most acclaimed collection of pots; the Arts of Africa, the Americas and the Pacific; a world-renowned Asian Art collection, including a Tibetan Buddhist altar consecrated by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama; Classical Antiquities, representing Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan and Roman societies and an unparalleled collection of ancient glass; and one of the few Numismatic collections on public view in this country."

Included are works by artists: Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, George Inness and Winslow Homer; Modernists such as Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, and Charles Sheeler.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Newark Museum Arts Workshop is a 5-week long artist residency. Three resident artists have access to the Museum's facilities such as "three studios: one for weaving, fiber, textiles, and related areas of study; one for fine metals and enameling; and one that is open for a variety of disciplines. Artists will have available to them the resources of the Museum including the major collections, special exhibitions, Educational Loan Collection (a repository of approximately 15,000 objects for study or visual reference) and Library."

Employment Information:

The Newark Museum does not post job opportunities on its website. However, it does post volunteer positions which may become available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations, so be sure to check the listings regularly.

How to Apply for a Job:

Since the Museum does not post employment opportunities, you may want to become a volunteer. Alternatively, you may consider sending your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum.

Museum's Contact Info:

Newark Museum, 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176 Tel: 973.596.6550.

The Newark Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays closed
  • Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Fridays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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