The Newark Museumin Newark, the state's largest city,offers outstanding collections, exhibitions, programs and educational resources in its multibuilding campus in the heart of Newark's Downtown/Arts District. Founded in 1909, the Newark Museum underwent an extensive four-year, $23million renovation and expansion program, which was completed in 1989. The design, by world-famous architect Michael Graves, garnered the American Institute of Architects' Honor Award.
The museum complex weaves together 80 galleries of art and science, a miniature zoo, planetarium, gift shops, café, auditorium, sculpture garden, schoolhouse and the Ballantine House, a restored 1885 mansion that is a National Historic Landmark. The house offers a unique opportunity to witness the luxurious Victorian-era lifestyle. Six galleries display decorative objects from the 1650s to the present. The Ballantine House also features spectacular Christmas decorations, and there's an authentic schoolhouse that dates from 1784.