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PERFORMING ARTS


The performing arts venues of New Jersey are more than just entertainment destinations: they also provide arts education to the public through attached schools and special programs. All are dedicated to inspiring audiences and enriching the lives of adults and children alike.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

As the 5th largest performing arts center in the country, New Jersey Performing Arts Center consistently features award-winning performers and Broadway headliners. The 12-acre site includes a large concert hall as well as a smaller theater, and its convenient location near public libraries, museums, colleges, and great restaurants makes it easily accessible to the public.
888-466-5722
One Center Street
Newark, NJ
www.njpac.org

Paper Mill Playhouse

This theater is a great place to see timeless productions of American plays and musicals. Dedicated to preserving the art of drama since it’s opening in 1938, Paper Mill Playhouse is one of the few performing arts theaters that have expanded into the fine arts. An art gallery on the theater’s mezzanine level showcases the work of regional artists in a number of different mediums.
973-376-4343
www.papermill.org

Mayo Performing Arts Center

MPAC prides itself on being "a place for all the arts," welcoming a variety of performances such as comedy nights, musicals and concerts. The biggest night of the year is the annual Starlight Ball; a gala event brings together celebrities, donors, and socialites. MPAC offers a babysitting service for most performances and its Performing Arts School hosts classes and workshops on variety of subjects.
973-539-8008
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ
www.mayoarts.org

The Bergen Performing Arts Center

The Bergen Performing Arts Center was created to make performing arts accessible to all. While the center does not present its own performances, it is available to civic, religious, community and performing arts organizations on a rental basis. A unique fiber optic connection to nearby Bennett Studios allows artists to record their albums live on the bergenPAC stage. Dedicated to arts education, bergenPAC also includes a performing arts school that offers master classes and training in the performing and recording arts.
201-227-1030
30 North Van Brunt St
Englewood, NJ
www.bergenpac.org

MUSIC


The New Jersey area's thriving music scene benefits those who wish to excel in the music business as well as those who just appreciate talented performers. The world-class musical ensembles and state-of-the art venues that grace our state can be enjoyed by enthusiasts of all musical tastes.

Comcast Center

Representing a revolution in amphitheater technology, the Comcast Center can accommodate up to 25,000 guests. The huge lawn and video screens make it perfect during the summer months, and the state-of-the-art sound system makes the experience that much more amazing. Here people can sit back and enjoy a variety of performances including jazz, blues, R&B, and rock & roll. The indoor facility can hold between 1,600-1,700 guests for concerts, Broadway theatricals and family entertainment.
www.livenation.com

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

The mission of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is to perform the full symphonic repertoire in the highest quality. By presenting music to the culture for the education and enlightenment of all ages, the NJSO is a sure bet. Following the roots of the organization, it is interesting to note that what began as a men's choir in 1846 grew into an ensemble that is today an important part of New Jersey's culture. They are perform frequently at venues throughout the state.
www.njsymphony.org

Jersey Music

Want to know what is going on in the local music scene? This website brings you music news and information on upcoming concerts and events. You can find about local bands or browse through the message boards. A great place to connect with other music lovers and learn what's new.
www.jerseymusic.com

McCarter Theater

The various programs at the McCarter Theater encourage the cultivation of future artists. Individuals are encouraged to become involved in the Arts by taking classes or even by meeting renowned artists in person. Appearances from world-class performers include top artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Aimee Mann, and Amos Lee. Opening its doors in 1930, the McCarter Theater has dedicated its efforts to music, dance, and theater. This unique theater is not something to miss.
www.mccarter.org

MUSEUMS & ART GALLERIES


Museums and art galleries in this area foster learning in the community.  They provide a large resource for educational materials ranging from interactive studies to text materials. We are lucky enough to have a host of great museums and visual art centers within our state. Here are some of the more notable examples:

Discovery Museum

This hands-on musuem is designed for children ages 10 and younger, but is also a fun and exciting place for parents. Rated one of the top 20 Children's Museums in the country by Child Magazine, the facility features 15 interactive exhibit areas. Each of these exhibit areas is completely open for children to touch, explore and create. The museum also hosts frequent educational workshops and performances.
www.discoverymuseum.com

Jersey City Museum

The history of the Jersey City Museum dates back to 1901, when the Jersey City Public Library was built in downtown Jersey with specific space designed to house a museum. Lack of funding threatened the museum's existence in the middle of the century, but concerned citizens fought to preserve the institution and today it exists as a seperate entity from the library. The museum's goal is to collect, present, and interpret American visual art and material culture of the finest quality.
www.jerseycitymuseum.com

Newark Museum

Located at the heart of the Downtown Arts District of Newark, the Newark Museum offers great educational resources and programs through its multi-building campus. This museum's extensive $23 million renovation and expansion added more galleries and amenities to this already outstanding institution. The location now weaves together 80 galleries of art and science, including a mini zoo, planetarium, gift shops, cafe, auditorium, sculpture garden, schoolhouse, and a historic 1885 mansion.
973-596-6550
www.newarkmuseum.org

Bergen Museum of Art and Science

Established in 1956, the Bergen Museum offers world class exhibits to the public with a focus on cultural diversity. A non-profit organization, the Bergen Museum of Arts and Science promotes education through its outreach program. This museum often collects data and statistics to augment the expanding of their exhibits and programs. The Bergen Museum continues to enrich our culture by hosting the BMAS Film Festival as well as the Bergen Music & Art Festival.
(201) 291-8848
www.thebergenmuseum.com

The Laurel Tracey Gallery

The Laurel Tracy Gallery focuses on recent and contemporary works of art. The gallery priamrily shows paintings, prints and sculptures; many by artists represented in major museum colelctions across the country. Exhibitions change monthly.
10 White Street
Red Bank
New Jersey
732-224-0760
www.laureltraceygallery.com

Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum

400 Fred Wehran Drive,
Teterboro Airport,
Teterboro, New Jersey 07608
201-288-6344
www.njahof.org

Community Children's Museum

77 East Blackwell Street
Dover, NJ 07801
973-366-9060
www.communitychildrensmuseum.org

Craftsman Farms - Stickley Museum

2352 State Route 10,
Morris Plains, NJ
www.stickleymuseum.org

Franklin Mineral Museum

32 Evans Street,
Franklin, NJ
www.franklinmineralmuseum.com

Imagine That! Children's Museum

4 Vreeland Rd
Florham Park
(973) 966-8000
www.imaginethatmuseum.com

Liberty Science Center

251 Phillip Street
Jersey City, NJ 07305-4699
(201) 200 1000
www.lsc.org

Morris Museum

6 Normandy Road,
Morristown, NJ
www.morrismuseum.org

New Jersey Children's Museum

599 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ
(201) 262-5151
www.njcm.com

New Jersey Naval Museum

78 River Street,
Hackensack, NJ
www.njnm.com

New Jersey State Museum

Post Office Box 530,
Trenton, NJ
www.state.nj.us/state/museum

Newton Fire Museum

150 Spring Street,
Newton, NJ
www.newtonfiredepartment.org

Northlandz

World's Largest Model Railroad
495 US Highway 202/31,
Flemington, NJ
www.northlandz.com

Princeton University Art Museum

Princeton University,
Princeton, NJ
www.princetonartmuseum.org

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum

1444 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ
www.ripleys.com

Sterling Hill Mining Museum

30 Plant Street,
Ogdensburg, NJ
sterlinghillminingmuseum.org

The Jersey Explorer Children's Museum

192 Dodd Street
East Orange, NJ 07017
973-673-6900
www.jerseyexplorer.org

Thomas Edison Museum

Edison National Historic Site
Main St. and Lakeside Ave.
West Orange, New Jersey 07052
(973) 324-9973
www.nps.gov/edis

The Whippany Railway Museum

1 Railroad Plaza
Route 10 West & Whippany Road
Whippany
(973) 887-8177
www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.org

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