Drop-In Family Activities
Events and Activities
Adults and Families can drop in for special events and gallery activities that bring the collections to life. From storytime to gallery activity carts to big public events, there is always something new to discover at the New Jersey State Museum!
Look for Scavenger Hunts at the information desk upon arrival at the museum. We have many themes to choose from so your family can make a game out of visiting all of the galleries for clues!
Look for in-gallery activities located throughout the museum including a Natural History Journal, making your own state seal, decorating a Paleolithic pot and much more!
Story time at the Museum – Over and Under the Snow
December 19 & 21
Winter snow covers everything and makes a whole new world. But animals still live over and under the snow. Find out more about how animals survive winter and after the story make a winter craft to take home. Don’t forget to visit Natural History Highlights to search for the animals you saw in the story.
Patriot’s Week Activities - December 26-31, 2013
Civil War Flag Unveiling
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Patriotism characterized not only the men and women of the Revolution, but also those who have fought and died on battlefields throughout all of American history. Visit the NJ State Museum for a gallery talk and ceremony unveiling the latest rotation of historic flags from the NJ Civil War Flag Collection, one of the largest collections of its kind in the nation.
Galleries at 225 West State Street
Colonial America Activity Cart
Saturday & Sunday
December 28 and 29
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Families can explore every day colonial life in NJ through hands-on objects, crafts and stories.
Located in the Pretty Big Things exhibition gallery
Living History: Edward “Ned” Hector, Black Patriot of the American Revolution - Performed by Noah Lewis
Saturday December 28
This program introduces audiences to “Ned” Hector, an African American and patriot who lived during the American Revolution. Dressed in full uniform and carrying a replica Pennsylvania long rifle, Noah Lewis brings to life the role of African Americans during this vital time in our history.
NJ State Museum Auditorium
Exhibition Tour: Where in the World is New Jersey? Historical Maps
of the Garden State
Sunday, December 29
Experience a guided gallery walk through three hundred years of New Jersey history and geography in a popular new exhibition featuring antique maps from the Garden State.
Exhibition Tour: New Jersey’s Original People
Tuesday, December 31
View hundreds of archaeological artifacts documenting New Jersey’s Native American history before the Revolutionary War in this curator-led tour of the State Museum’s newest collections gallery.
Story time – Snowflake Bentley
January 11 & 12
Learn about Wilson Bentley and his discovery of how to photograph snowflakes for scientific study. This book explores the connection between childhood curiosity and scientific discovery. Make a snowflake craft to take home. Be sure to get a Nature Journal from the Natural History Highlights exhibit to study nature as Snowflake Bentley did.
Story time – Owl Moon
February 15 & 16
A father and daughter take a trip through the woods to look for owls by moonlight. This beautiful tale introduces children to observing nature, in any season. Make an owl craft to take home. Be sure to get a Nature Journal from the Natural History Highlights exhibit so you can observe nature too.