Newark Downtown Tours

Newark Downtown Tours

Newark Downtown Tours are over for the 2018 season. Be sure to check out the program when it returns in 2019!

Newark Downtown Tours take place every Thursday beginning at 6 PM in the center of the park from June 14th - August 9th. 

Each week a distinguished professor, Newark resident, student, architect, landscape architect, or historian leads a different tour in and around downtown Newark. Come learn more about the amazing hidden treasures of downtown Newark!

Explore a couple of Newark’s historic parks and landmarks and discuss how their role in Newark’s downtown has evolved and what new open spaces will be joining them. 

6/14: Walking West with Anker West

A 2 mile walking tour from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM starting in Military Park. The walk will go up Springfield Avenue, highlighting Saint Mary’s Abbey Church (1857), Saint James A.M.E. Church, Arts High Public School, Krueger Mansion (1889), Greater Newark Conservancy (Oheb Shalom Synagogue, 1884), Essex County Courthouse, Commercial Loft Block (early 20th century), Art Galleries (Aferro, Index), and Reception at Art and Artifacts of Newark 233 Washington street.

6/28:  LGBTQ Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project

The Queer Newark Oral History Project (QNOHP) from Rutgers University-Newark offers a walking tour that highlights the rich and illuminating experiences of the city’s LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming communities. Featuring both historical landmarks and contemporary sites, tour leaders will share stories about key events, significant happenings, and interesting personalities that showcase the resilience of an often-invisible population of Newarkers.

7/12: Tour with Darius Sollohub of NJIT

Professor Darius Sollohub, who teaches infrastructure courses at NJIT, will lead a tour to discuss the infrastructure surrounding Military Park that helped Newark become a great city. He will help us put on x-ray and time-travel glasses to see the systems that we can’t see, those underground, those no longer there, and in the future. 

7/19: Washington Park Tour with Tom Ankner

Please join Tom Ankner, a librarian at The Newark Public Library, for a tour of historic Washington Park. First set out as a marketplace during the colonial era, the park was renamed for George Washington in 1795. The tour will include descriptions of the numerous monuments in the park, including those of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and inventor Seth Boyden, as well as the "Indian and the Puritan" statue by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum. Also included will be information about the many noteworthy buildings that surround the park, including the Newark Public Library, Newark Museum, Ballantine House, North Reformed Church, and Second Presbyterian Church.

7/26: Renaissance Newark: A Discussion of Downtown Development with Jorge Santos

A tour of the economic development happening in Newark with a focus around Military Park. Projects discussed will include One Theater Square, One Riverview, Hahne & Co, Riverfront Park, Riverfront Square, and more. 

8/9: Military Park: Traveling through Time with Miles Zhang

Military Park, at the heart of our city, has evolved significantly since its creation by Puritan settlers in 1666. What was once a training ground for Revolutionary War minutemen became the home of Newark's leading industrialists and is now the center of Newark's revitalized downtown. As Newark nears 350 years of history, join us as we explore how this park and its urban environment have grown.

Participants will view historic photos and primary source documents, maps, and postcards relating to sites visible or vanished at Military Park.