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5 Great Museums Near Newport

Apr 8, 2021

One of the most fantastic things about life at Newport is our proximity to some absolutely amazing museums and cultural landmarks. Perfect for a weekend excursion or a mid-week activity, our area museums offer a rich escape and stimulating opportunities for learning. So next time you’re looking for a great way to spend an afternoon, check out these 5 great museums near Newport for a fulfilling and eye-opening experience!

Liberty Science Center

Located in Liberty State Park right on the Hudson, Liberty Science Center is a sprawling, interactive science museum designed to entice visitors of all ages. Spanning 12 museum exhibition halls, the Science Center features a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, numerous exhibits, and the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Be sure to check out the museum’s Wild About Animals Celebration, open now through May 9th, for the ultimate springtime adventure. For ticket information and how to plan your visit, check here.


Mana Contemporary

New exhibition Implied Scale: Confronting the Enormity of Climate Change opens April 22nd at Mana Contemporary JC, and features a series of poignant works intended to raise awareness about climate change. Working together with scientists, the exhibit’s group of contributing artists have created pieces that convey the scale and effects of our current climate challenges. The museum will host a series of conversations centered around the works’ themes throughout the month of April. Reserve tickets and find more information about Mana Contemporary here.


National Museum of Immigration

The National Museum of Immigration is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the American immigration experience. Located on Ellis Island, the museum is housed within the restored Main Building of the former immigration complex--a living monument containing a carefully curated collection of photographs, heirlooms, and searchable historic records. Visit the museum and Ellis Island by ferry service via Liberty State Park. For more information on planning your visit, check here.


NJ Historical Society

Interested in learning more about NJ’s own past? Steps away from Newark train station, The New Jersey Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the state’s fascinating and intricate history. Founded in 1845, the museum is the oldest cultural institution in New Jersey. Their current exhibitions include Ebb and Flow, an exploration of the importance of the state’s rivers, as well as exhibits dedicated to NJ’s involvement in both World Wars. Find more information on tickets and museum hours here.


The Museum of Jewish Heritage 

Take a trip just across the Hudson for a visit to the powerful Museum of Jewish Heritage. Constructed as a “living memorial to the Holocaust,” the museum also functions as an educational institution of “memory, hope, and resilience.” Their current exhibition Auschwitz: Not Long Ago. Not Far Away. aims to convey our proximity to the very recent horrors of Nazi Germany. The important exhibit runs through May 2nd, and tickets can be found here.


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