Newark, New Jersey: Toll Booth CollectorBronze toll booth, turned into art by sculptor George Segal, once stood at the New Jersey entrance to the Holland Tunnel to New York City.
- 49 Washington St., Newark, NJ
- The Newark Museum garden entrance is on the north side of the museum's valet parking lot, which is on the north side of Central Ave. between University Ave. and Washington St. There's metered street parking on University Ave.
- W-Su 12-5 pm. (Call to verify)
- The garden is free, but leave a donation if you can.
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The toll booth is right outside The Newark Museum.[Janet, 03/31/2012]
In the days before the traffic lubrication of SmartPass, human beings stood in toll booths to take your money. This particular toll booth, made of bronze turned green with age, once stood at the New Jersey entrance to the Holland Tunnel into New York City.
In 1980 it was turned into art by sculptor George Segal, and moved just inside the entrance/exit to the backyard garden of the Newark Museum. The melancholy toll booth attendant was life-cast from the museum's 1980 director, Sam Miller. A faded sign next to the booth explains that Segal was inspired to create the sculpture because, "one of the responsibilities of a museum director is to always hold his hand out, seeking donations."[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 05/09/2011]