As a center of cultural, educational, and scientific engagement, the New Jersey State Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context, fosters state pride, and serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders.
Contact The NJ State Museum
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625
Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
The Trenton Half Marathon will take place in the downtown Trenton area on Saturday morning, October 29, 2016. The Museum will be open for regular hours, however, a number of streets in the area – including Route 29 and West State Street – will be closed until about noon to accommodate Marathon runners. We invite all those cheering on the runners to visit the Museum and Planetarium after the race!
Please note: The Museum's Halloween Spooktacular has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 30!
5th Annual Halloween Spooktacular
Sunday October 30, 2016
10 am – 3 pm
Celebrate Halloween with us! Come in costume for a day of fun, FREE activities and shows at the Museum! More information
NEW Shows in the Planetarium!
“Halloween Laser show, two weekends only! This terrifyingly enjoyable laser experience will send chills up your spine!”
Planetarium Show Times
November 12, 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Have fun and be inspired by the math and engineering that goes into making toys and games
Riverside Gallery, 2nd Floor
Be transported to back to another era in the fun NEW exhibition spotlighting the history and innovation of toy manufacturing in New Jersey.
September 17, 2016 – January 15, 2017
David Ambrose: A Mid-Career Retrospective
Main Building – 1st Floor Gallery
Oct. 14, 12:10 pm - Free gallery walk with the artist.
Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey
Natural History Hall
Step back 3.5 billion years to explore the geology of New Jersey, the oldest fossils from the state and the progression of life here. Meet New Jersey’s own Dryptosaurus, the world’s first known carnivorous dinosaur, reconstructed and displayed for the first time ever!