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New Jersey Department of State
205 W. State Street
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625


Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)

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Planetarium Public Schedule



Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon. The visor in
his helmet shows a reflection of Astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), taking this picture as well as one footpad of the Lunar
Module Eagle and the United States flag
planted next to it.

Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium in New Jersey, it seats 150 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport an audience to any astronomical destination.

Now featuring state-of-the-art Full DomeVideo, visitors will feel the sensation of zooming through the Solar System and beyond. This cutting-edge digital technology immerses audiences within images covering the entire 360 degree inner dome.

The Planetarium offers something for everyone; with both traditional sky and laser programs, it is the only planetarium of its kind in New Jersey. Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

General Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under)
Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps and birthday parties welcome. Friends of the NJSM receive $2 off per ticket up to a maximum of four. For additional information, call (609) 292-6464.

PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break there are special weekday shows offered to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

Printable Coupon: $1 off all Public Planetarium shows!

March 1 through April 27, 2014
Saturday and Sunday
12:00 noon - One World, One Sky
Big Bird's adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend,
Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon and stars. When they imagine themselves back on Earth, they celebrate the idea that even though
they live in two different countries, they still share the same sky.
Recommended for ages 3-6 with adults.
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1:00 & 3:00 pm - Laser Kid Power NEW
The hottest artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-popping show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Kid Power features the music of sizzling stars, both past and present, choreographed in brilliant laser light. Our new laser system illuminates the full dome in millions of dazzling colors, for an immersive audio-visual experience that’s fun for the entire family!
2:00 pm - Stars
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and the destructive power of STARS
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Special Weekday Spring Break Presentations
Tuesday to Thursday - April 15, 16, 17, 2014
11:00 am - Stars
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and the destructive power of STARS
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1:00 pm - Laser Kid Power NEW
The hottest artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-popping show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Kid Power features the music of sizzling stars, both past and present, choreographed in brilliant laser light. Our new laser system illuminates the full dome in millions of dazzling colors, for an immersive audio-visual experience that’s fun for the entire family!
Special Take Your Child to Work Day Presentations
Thursday - April 24, 2014
10:00 am - Earth, Moon & Sun
Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character Coyote (adapted from Native American oral traditions), who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors. How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it?
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11:00 am - Laser Kid Power NEW
The hottest artists and the latest laser art come together in a sensational, eye-popping show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Laser Kid Power features the music of sizzling stars, both past and present, choreographed in brilliant laser light. Our new laser system illuminates the full dome in millions of dazzling colors, for an immersive audio-visual experience that’s fun for the entire family!
1:00 pm - To Space and Back
Join us as we take audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and applications (apps) we use every day. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world in this new fully immersive show.
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Shows and times are subject to change.