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Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

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


SMASH Series: Spectacularly Merging Art, Science & History
SMASH Series - Spectacular Merging Art, Science & History
Join us for the SMASH Series – Spectacularly Merging Art, Science and History!
Each SMASH event has a theme and explores the fascinating intersection of science, art and history. Visitors discover an array of hands-on activities, experiments, and demonstrations, meet the Museum’s experts and examine our collections through the lens of science.
SMASH Event kids playing with legos

November 18, 2017, 11:00 am–3:00 pm

Campfire Science! Learn how archaeologists use fire pits to discover the past; explore campfire traditions and the importance of the hearth in the home.

  • Deconstructing Marshmallows: what simple ingredients transform to create an airy marshmallow? Can you sink a marshmallow? Reconstructing marshmallows: how tall a structure can you build with marshmallows? Explore the “roots” of the original candy confection and New Jersey’s mallow species!
  • Make & Take camp games – from Tic Tac Toe to Selahtinalitin (a Lenape game like Pick Up Sticks) and Ring Toss, portable camp games are great while you wait for your s’mores! Make a game and a simple take-along storage bag.
  • Practice Wilderness Survival Skills – build a quick compass, learn to recognize dangerous plants, and try out the best way to build a campfire!
  • Discover what Archaeologists learn from fire pits and excavation sites.
  • It’s time to stargaze! Explore a Meteor crater sensory station, or make Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) inspired art.

March 10, 2018 – STEAM Trains! Celebrate NJ Maker’s Day at the Museum - build and engineer a train! Explore the role of trains in New Jersey’s history; discover rocks that make trains roll (coal, sleeper stones); create some train art.


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SMASH Event kids playing with paint March Event - Prehistoric Adventure