Contact The NJ State Museum
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)

Planetarium School Program Schedule

Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, beneath 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. All school presentations include a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.

$3 per person. Advance Registration is required. For reservations call (609) 292-6347.

Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet
Grades: 5-12
NJCCCS: 5.2.E, 5.4.D
NGSS: ESS2.B; ESS3.B & C; PS2.A; PS4.A
A sweeping geological journey, Earthquake explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet.  After a stunning flight over the San Andreas Fault, audiences travel back in time to experience San Francisco's infamous 1906 earthquake.

Data-driven visualizations illustrate Earth's story, revealing how subtle motions and sudden ruptures have shaped our planet over eons - and how geological activity influences the course of human history.  Finally, see how scientists and engineers help society prepare for a safer future. Be sure to sign up for the Earthquake Learning Lab experience for your class.
Black Holes
Grades: 6-12
NJCCCS: NJ 5.1, 5.4.A
Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one?

This new program incorporates some of the most intense full dome visual effects ever created on the subject and includes a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.
Back to the Moon for Good
Grades: 4-12
NJCCCS: 8.1, 8.2

Immerse yourself in a race to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. Learn about the history of lunar exploration, and the Moon’s resources. Discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. See how a competition among privately funded international teams is ushering in a new era of lunar exploration.

Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
Ongoing, popular school shows
One World, One Sky
Grades: PreK-2
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

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. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth.

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. They even pick the North Star as their friendship star to always remind them of their shared joy of looking up at the sky together.  Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation.
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Grades: 1-5
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A, 6.1

Originally produced as a NJSM Planetarium Show, this slide and video presentation is set in the era of slavery in the United States. It explains how slaves used the Big Dipper, also known as the as the Drinking Gourd, to find the North Star (Polaris).

Join us as we follow a family that uses this celestial navigation along the Underground Railroad to reach freedom.
The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Grades: 2-4
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

Two adventurous youngsters blast off into space in a homemade cardboard rocket for an amazing voyage of discovery through the solar system. This entertaining program introduces students to basic facts about the sun, earth and other planets of the solar system.
Earth, Moon & Sun
Grades: 2-5
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A, 6.1

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 it’s most familiar neighbors.

How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Why does the Sun rise and set? Many other commonly asked questions will be answered.
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Grades: 3-12
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.3.E, 5.4.B

Eighty million years ago, the American Midwest lay under a great inland sea where colossal creatures ruled the waves, from giraffe-necked Styxosaurus and sea birds with teeth to the "T. Rex of the Ocean", the 40-foot super-predator Tylosaurus.

This National Geographic program immerses audiences in this unexplored world of the "other dinosaurs." Meet up with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they swim through waters with prehistoric sharks and squids brought to life in our Planetarium's full-dome immersive theater. Then see the real plesiosaurs and mosasaurs in Natural History Highlights, on level 1.
Grades: 4-12
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

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 the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars!
To Space and Back
Grades: 4-12
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

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.
Ultimate Universe
Grades: 6-12
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

From the boundaries of space and time, through vast fields of wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our Solar System, this show takes you on a grand tour of the universe and lets you experience its most captivating secrets.

"The Ultimate Universe" is journey from the edge of the universe through space and time to reach our home planet, witnessing the major components of the cosmos along the way.
Passport to the Universe
Grades: 6-12
NJCCCS: 5.1, 5.4.A

As new scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Taking audiences on a voyage of billions of light years, Passport to the Universe, produced by the American Museum of Natural History and narrated by Tom Hanks, is an incredible journey from our home planet to the edge of the universe.

Audiences fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole, experiencing these stunning cosmic destinations as never before possible.