The Newark Museum Renovation & Front Door Rehabilitation

Newark, New Jersey

Even a seemingly small project can have a significant impact on the downtown

Newark, New Jersey

Completion Date

12,000 SF

Project Type
Renovation, Historic Preservation, Museum, Orientation Center

Re-opening doors to the community

For nearly 20 years, the historic front entrance of the Museum was shuttered to provide climate control and security for the galleries inside. As the neighborhood began to thrive, the Museum wanted to re-invigorate its connection to the community. We re-organized the interiors of the Main Building to make this possible and created a new entrance visible from the adjacent Washington Park.  

Exterior view

“With projects like this, Newark is now viewed as one of the 10 most thriving arts communities in the nation.”

– Mayor Ras J. Baraka

Pragmatic and symbolic solutions

New accessible ramp for the front entrance

Accessibility – both the perception of being closed and the physical accommodation of people with disabilities – drove the project. We created a new entrance sequence – an events plaza on Washington Street, transparent Bamberger Entrance and a distinctive ramp that draws people into the building. Inside, a new visitor orientation center, galleries for the permanent collection and relocated temporary exhibits have modernized how visitors experience the Museum.        

Accessibility entrance that allows all easy access

Updated exhibition spaces

Karen Nichols, FAIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
Send a Message

Tom Rowe, AIA

Principal, Design Practice Leader
Send a Message

Sector Contact

Get in contact with us for your next cultural project.

Featured Projects

At Michael Graves, we create designs that clients dream of. We care not only about what we create; we care whom we create it for.