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Since its founding in 1909, the Newark Museum has had one mission: to welcome people onto its campus and then to dazzle and delight them by means of innovative and entertaining exhibitions of art and science. Here, in a photograph taken in the fall of 1940, a group of high school students waits in front of the Museum’s 1926 Bamberger building to see an exhibition.


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Beatrice Winser and John Cotton Dana, 1920s 

Flanked by trustees, Katherine Coffey, Beatrice Winser, Louis Bamberger, looking at the newly installed Mechanical Models in the Museum's Science gallery, 1930 

Michael Graves, Architect, and Museum Director Samuel C. Miller surveying the Master Plan construction site, ca. 1988

Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price and Museum Trustee Gloria Hopkins Buck with Newark Black Film Festival Committee members 


Crowd gathers in front of 49 Washington Street for its dedication ceremony, 1926 

In the new Addition Building, a little girl is being interviewed (by Mr. Moore) for membership in the Junior Museum, while a docent (Miss Hull) teaches children in the background, 1938 

The Museum Garden, Buddy Terry Jazz ensemble performing for Jazz in the Garden, August 1982 

The North Wing Atrium by Michael Graves, 1990s 


Modern German Applied Arts exhibition in the Museum Gallery at the Newark Free Public Library, 1912 

A school group gets a docentry in the 'American Painting and Sculpture' exhibition in the court, 1944 

'Art of Africa' exhibition, 1969 

Families enjoying the new, richly interactive Victoria Hall of Science in Dynamic Earth, 2002 


Members of the Junior Museum sketching Miss Osaka, our Japanese Doll Ambassador, 1930 

Alexander Calder installing 'Red, Yellow, Blue Gong,' in 'Enjoy Modern Art,' 1954 

Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson greeting the 14th Dalai Lama at the Museum's Tibetan Altar, October 1979 

Newark Museum Family Festival, July, 2006.  Newark Mayor Cory Booker with Councilmen, Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Rutgers University Professor Clement A. Price and Museum Board Chair Arlene Lieberman 



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Banner image (detail): Horizontally cropped photo of school group waiting outside the Museum to see "Masterpieces of Art," October, 1940.  Sign to left reads "FAMOUS PAINTINGS BY GREAT MASTERS"




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