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)
Special Events and Family 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! Now available in the Museum lobby and in Discovery Den, Small Explorers Museum Family Guides
Designed with children ages 0-5 in mind, these picture cards depict objects in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Each card includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home.
Trenton Makes—Words! is a community partnership between the New Jersey State Museum, The Children’s Home Society, and the Trenton Community Music School.
We offer a series of interactive, vocabulary-building programs for Trenton families and their children ages 0-5: Family Engagement Series, Pop-Up Sessions, and four Wonderful WORDS Fairs.
Join us on the 3rd weekend of every month for a story and a craft activity. Story time is always at 2:00 pm. Stories relate to current exhibits and collections and are always entertaining. Crafts are simple and a great way to remember the fun you had at the Museum!
Story time is designed for families with children ages 3 to 8. For more information contact Lynda Younger
at (609) 292-1382.
March 18 and 19, 2017
This classic is one of School Library Journal’s Top 100 Picture Books of All Time. Corduroy is a small bear waiting on a department store shelf for someone to take him home. Your family will enjoy this wonderful tale of love and friendship whether it’s the first time or the 100th time hearing it. Visit the exhibit, Toy World to be taken back in time to department store toy displays from the 1940’s to 1860’s. What is your favorite toy?
April 15*, 2017
This charming board book is a great introduction to forest habitats for young children. The playful, rhyming text introduces kids to a variety of forest creatures. After the story, create a family puppet show in our Discovery Den and make a forest craft to take home.
*There will be no Story Time on April 16; the Museum is closed for the Easter holiday.
May 20 and 21, 2017
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
Learn what it takes to display a dinosaur. Children delight in the repetition and explore the many different people it takes from paleontologists to conservationists to curators. Visit our own working Paleo Lab and make a dino craft to take home.
June 17 and 18, 2017
This classic tale and Caldecott Honor award winner from famed children’s book author Leo Lionni is a delightful way to welcome summer! Explore ocean life with Swimmy, the little black fish in a school of red fish. After the story, families can learn more about ocean life on the shores of New Jersey with activities throughout the Discovery Den. Make a fish craft to take home.