Newark Attractions

New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; (c) SoulOfAmerica

New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark; (c) SoulOfAmerica

Newark Attractions

Newark Museum
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1909 and now the largest museum in New Jersey, it features 80 galleries of world-class collections of American, Asian, African, Contemporary, Decorative and Classical art; standouts include a stunning array of ivory jewelry from the Congo, silver pendants from Niger, and bead work from South Africa; includes a planetarium and cafe; the museum is will be tripling in size to a make the African Arts a permanent exhibit; It is distinguished for having a historical collection of traditional masks; textiles collected by the museum founder in 1928 from Madagascar, represent a weaving practice that went extinct until revival in the 2000s
ADMISSION: Adults $10, Seniors, students and Children $6; Planetarium entrance $3
DAYS & HOURS: Mon, Tue, Thu 12a-8:30p, Wed, Fri-Sun 12a-5p
ADDRESS: 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Washington Park Station
PHONE: 973-596-6550
WEBSITE: http://www.newarkmuseum.org

New Jersey Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: This society dates back to 1845 so it displays many original documents of historical significance to all citizens of New Jersey; hosts a lecture series on the contributions of New Jersey’s African Americans; you can also conduct significant Genealogical Research within its library
ADMISSION: $4
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ MAP
TRANSIT: NJPAC Center Street Station
PHONE: 973-596-8500
WEBSITE: http://www.jerseyhistory.org

Paul Robeson Galleries
DESCRIPTION: Rutgers University brings honor to arguably, its most famous alumnus, Paul Robeson; the programming embodies his life-long commitment to artistic freedom, transnationalism and celebration of all humanity; the main gallery features themed exhibitions of work from local and international artists; the gallery also engages educational and public programming from diverse sources in the community and metropolitan area of northeast New Jersey
ADMISSION: donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 350 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Washington Street Station
PHONE: 973-353-1610
WEBSITE: http://rutgers.edu/artgallery

Prudential Center
DESCRIPTION: This landmark arena is home to the NHL New Jersey Devils and many concerts; opened in 2007, the arena seats 17,625 for hockey and relates to the streetscape well; its packed on hockey game nights; this arena played a large role attracting Marriott to build the first hotel in downtown Newark in 38 years
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 11a–6p and during events
ADDRESS: 25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Newark Penn Station
PHONE: 973-757-6000
WEBSITE: http://www.prucenter.com

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
DESCRIPTION: Opened in 1997 as the nation’s 6th largest performing arts center, its home to 2750-seat glamorous Prudential Hall, 514-seat Victoria Theater and the intimate Chase Room for elegant cabaret and Jazz performances; it is typical to see a diverse range of performers like American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Lauryn Hill; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, the Royal Danish Ballet and Bill T. Jones on their calendar of events; tours by appt on Mondays
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri and day of performance
ADDRESS: One Center Street, Newark, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: NJPAC-Center Street Station
PHONE: 973-642-8989
WEBSITE: http://www.njpac.org

Newark Symphony Hall
DESCRIPTION: Built 1925 and remodeled 1988; the ornate lobby welcomes you to the grand Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall seating 2,703, which serves as home of N.J. State Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Dance, R&B concerts and Film Screenings; Terrace Ballroom seats 1,000 for Jazz sessions, dances, dance classes, movement workshops, fashion shows and wedding receptions; Newark Stage seats 220 in a black box theatre, well used by local arts organizations
BOX OFFICE: Mon–Fri 10a–6p
ADDRESS: 1020 Broad Street, Newark, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Newark Penn Station
PHONE: 973-643-4550
WEBSITE: http://www.newarksymphonyhall.org

Puffin Cultural Forum
DESCRIPTION: A multicultural venue for musical performances, art and film in Bergen County; Of special note are the Black History Month programs
DAYS & HOURS: event dates vary
ADDRESS: 20 East Oaken Avenue, Teaneck, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: none
PHONE: 201-836-8923
WEBSITE: http://www.puffinfoundation.org

MetLife Stadium
DESCRIPTION: Located in the in Meadowlands Sports Complex; opened in 2010, this $1.6 billion football stadium seats 82,500 as home to the New York Giants and New York Jets; built as a green stadium with more entry points than the old stadium, 16 massive video screens in the entry plaza, 25,000 high definition monitors, and commuter rail access
BOX OFFICE: purchase you tickets online before arrival
DAYS & HOURS: event dependent
ADDRESS: 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Secaucus-Meadowlands Bus Link from New York Penn Station
PHONE: 201-935-8500
WEBSITE: http://www.metlifestadium.com

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