The garden, located behind the Museum, is the perfect setting to enjoy our community programs, performances, changing exhibitions, or just the outdoors during the warmer months. The Garden is graced with a wide variety of trees, most of which were planted in the early twentieth century.

The oldest standing school building in Newark, this one-room school hosted generations of students between 1784 and the early 20th century. Recently restored, its details bring the past to life: the foundation built with sandstone from a local Newark quarry, the floorboards sawed by hand from trees cut from a local forest, and the old cast iron stove used to heat the school with wood provided by the students.

Housed in the circa 1860 Ward Carriage House in the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, the newly refurbished Newark Fire Museum tells the story of the challenges faced by firefighters in the 19th century and includes historic fire apparatus and equipment. An exciting exhibit adds a potentially life-saving element to our mission with a high-tech interactive Fire Safety Center designed to teach fire safety and prevention to children and families.

Co-organized with the Newark Fire Department Historical Association, the Newark Fire Museum celebrates the heroism of the city’s fire fighters who have continually been willing to risk their own lives for the safety of others. Underlying their passion is a high degree of scientific skill and technical knowledge as well as sheer physical strength and remarkable endurance.