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“The Works A Place for Learning” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The WORKS MUSEUM

The WORKS MUSEUM
55 South 1st Street, Newark, OH 45055
740-349-9277
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Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Newark
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Newark, Ohio
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“The Works A Place for Learning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Wonderful learning about science for children and history of the area. A nice eating place then you can sit outside to enjoy the courtyard. You can see the old locks and learn about glass blowing. A fun day for all.

Visited July 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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“Be Patient - There's Something for Everyone.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I picked WORKS from the list of things to do for a day trip to Newark. I did not do a lot of research, but I checked the site and figured it was Licking County's version of Columbus' COSI (Center of Science and Industry).

Located in downtown Newark, the two-story building was easy to find. Parking was free and Admission was just $14 for one adult and one senior.

When we first entered, we were both surprised and dismayed by the huge amount of hands-on exhibits. Being we were both semi-retired, the entire first floor was directed at 5-10 year old children. If you have children, this is A PERFECT place for you. If not, it's still a worthwhile day trip - especially if you like the old COSI in Columbus that sat on East Broad Street.

We watched the glass blowing demonstration, which lasted about 25 minutes and featured the artisan making a two-toned glass urn. There were, of course, about 50 children and the noise was a little overwhelming (and this didn't seem to be a busy day). I didn't mind it, but my partner absolutely did, so be aware of that.

However, the upper floor was dedicated purely to Licking County history, including the mound builders, agricultural, and industrial ages. There was also a portion of the second floor reconstructed as to resemble a late 19th Century street, with replicas of doctor's offices, blacksmiths, and other various period stores.

The 2nd floor was a fantastic trip for the adult set, while the 1st floor was strictly for grade school children and/or their parents. Still, it was worth every penny and will probably go again.

Visited January 2014
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“Amazing learning opportunity and hours of STEM fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We went to our cousins' birthday party there and it was a huge success! Our little one did not want to leave! It was soo cool to have birthday cake on an actual train car! The kids took turns ringing the "all aboard" bell. The big kids got to take apart and rebuild old computers. There was a Tikes area for children under 6. We weighed the (plastic) fruit at the market and did various puzzles. Everone loved creating, racing and refining K'nex cars! We didn't even get to the glass blowing or Science Theater... I will definitely go back! It was well worth the drive!

Visited November 2013
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“A little of everything for the family, done well”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Works combines art (in-house exhibition space, glass blowing facilities), science (a kids museum that touches most of the life and physical science disciplines) and history (focussing on that which is unique about Newark, Ohio and the surrounding area) in a single package and, remarkably, delivers on all fronts. I can't recommend this museum highly enough.

It works great as a family excursion for those with curious, energetic young kids, and you will probably enjoy returning time and again if that fits your profile. The Works is always on my family's short list of things to do.

Membership provides discounts to the museum store and educational programming like summer camps. The Works is a member of the Association of Science - Technology Centers (ASTC) and offers partial and reciprocity with other member institutions.

The Works is open from Tuesday through Saturday. From January through March, the museum also is open on Sundays.

Visited September 2013
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“Small town gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is fantastic for families...the kids are catered to - the information is first class..fed to you so you can absorb and appreciate.

Visited May 2013
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