• The Ballantine House is closed for restoration through Fall 2023
  • Wednesday - Sunday, Noon - 5 pm
  • Closed: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
  • Guided tours
  • Museum shop
  • barrier-free entrance and restrooms
  • wheelchairs available
  • Newark Museum admission includes the Ballantine House
  • adults $15
  • children, seniors, students $8

Ballantine House at the Newark Museum

49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

(973) 596-6550

Built in 1885 for Jeannette and John Holme Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family, this brick and limestone mansion originally had 27 rooms, including eight bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1985. Now wing of the Newark Museum, two floors of the Ballantine House are interpreted as a suite of galleries called "House & Home," which includes eight period rooms, two hallways and six thematic galleries.

The Ballantines were one of the prominent brewing families in Newark during the 19th century. Their brewery company was founded in 1840 by Peter Ballantine, John’s father, who emigrated from Scotland. John and his two brothers joined the business and in 1857 the company was renamed P. Ballantine and Sons. By 1879, it had become sixth largest brewery in the US. The name was used for the next 115 years, until the company closed its brewery in May 1972.


  • Visit the eight period rooms, including a parlor, billiards room and maid’s quarters
  • See the galleries interpreting everyday life beginning in the 17th century
  • Visit the other galleries at the Newark Museum

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