With more than 83,000 objects ranging from rare, exotic seashells and minerals to a mastodon skeleton and animal specimens, along with the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Full-Dome Planetarium--New Jersey's first, together with a history of creating innovative interactive exhibits for all ages, the Newark Museum is the place to be to discover the sciences.
Each year thousands of visitors, including hundreds of school groups do just that. More than a century ago, the Museum's founder, John Cotton Dana, had the vision that a museum should “educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages” and that, as necessary, a good museum “reinvents itself to meet the needs of its constituencies.”
All of the our science offerings—exhibits, family and school programs, as well as intergenerational festivals—are designed with Mr. Dana's philosophical underpinning, thereby ensuring that visitors can become engaged in the pursuit of interesting, exciting and informative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) experiences. By providing such immersive, stimulating and interactive experiences, visitors can explore, discover and understand science phenomena, perhaps like they never have before.