Newark Museum


Newark Museum


The Newark Museum was designed by Jarvis Hunt and was opened in 1926. This building project was funded by Louis Bamberger, a museum Trustee.





Louis Bamberger
Michael Graves (renovation, 1982)



Condition History

The museum purchased the Ballantine House and an additional office building in 1937 to accommodate their rapid growth. They grew again in 1982 when they purchased the adjacent YWCA building. Michael Graves renovated the Museum and incorporated the newly acquired building. This project was completed in 1989. Additional, smaller scale renovations were completed by 2002.


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National Register of Historic Places, James Street Commons Historic District, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, National Register #78001758

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“The Newark Museum Master Renovation Plan, Newark, New Jersey.” Michael Graves: Buildings and Projects 1982-1989, edited by Karen Vogel, et al., Princeton Architectural Press, 1990, p. 66-71.

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Second Renaissance Revival



Jarvis Hunt, “Newark Museum,” DANA, accessed June 14, 2024,

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Item Relations

Item: Lyons Farm Schoolhouse Is Part Of This Item
Item: Ballantine House Is Part Of This Item
Item: Prudential Fountain Relation This Item


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