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)
Thursday Theater in the NJSM Auditorium
This monthly live theater series is a wonderful way to expose your students to a theater experience while connecting with classroom curriculum. Choose performances based in science, literature or social studies. These shows are a steal at only $3.00 per person! Be sure to ask about our special offers throughout the year and remember that performances are FREE of charge for all Trenton Public Schools.

All shows begin at 11:00 am. Advance registration is required for groups of 10 or more. For reservations call (609) 292-1382. School Groups: be sure to ask how to add tours, workshops and planetarium shows to your field trip schedule for an entire day of educational exploration.
2017 Season
Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman - Gwendolyn Briley-Strand
February 23

This dynamic one-woman performance takes students on one of the 19 journeys Harriet Tubman took through the Underground Railroad. With music, props, costumes, and extraordinary acting, Gwendolyn Briley-Strand portrays the strength, courage, faith, and steadfastness of this remarkable American—once a slave herself—who led more than 300 other slaves to freedom. Appropriate for grades 3-12.
The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea
The Crabgrass Theater: The Pirate, the Princess and the Pea
March 9

A swashbuckling adventure about friendship and cooperation! Take one bumbling buccaneer. Add one problem-solving princess. Throw in a stack of mattresses with a pea on the bottom, and put the pirate on top. Season liberally with sharks, sea monsters and side-splitting action and you have the recipe for one hilarious adventure on the high seas! Appropriate for grades pre-K to 4.
Discovering Dinosaurs
Academy of Natural Sciences: Discovering Dinosaurs
March 16

How do we know what dinosaurs were like? Were other animals alive at the same time as the dinosaurs? How were they similar to animals that are still alive today? Learn the answers to the puzzles of paleontology by examining fossils and participating in engaging interactives. Appropriate for grades 1-6.
Teacher’s Guide for Grades Pre-K–2
Teacher's Guide for Grades 3–6
The Magic of Energy
Super Scientific Circus: The Magic of Energy
April 6

Magic tricks, circus skills, and audience participation help explain atoms, molecules, the elements, compounds, solutions, magnetism, and static electricity. Appropriate for grades K-8.
Mad Science: Fire and Ice
Mad Science: Fire and Ice
April 27

The Mad Scientist will use simple but exciting science experiments and demonstrations to involve your group in the discovery process of science. They will learn how to make a 'scientific hypothesis' and how to test that hypothesis using 'experimentation'. Included in the event will be experiments involving air pressure, flash paper, Eggbert, Bernoulli's Principle and dry ice. There will also be some opportunity for members of the audience to participate in a few of the experiments. The event is very visual and works well in front of any size crowd. Appropriate for grades 1-6
Two Marys, Five Jacks and One Very Big Shoe
Two Marys, Five Jacks and One Very Big Shoe - Youth Stages
May 4

A Clever Retelling of the Rhymes of Mother Goose. The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe had so many children she didn’t know…how to get them to sleep! Wee Willy Winkie encourages his brothers and sisters (the children in the audience) to talk mom into some bedtime rhymes. Young children will remain wide awake as they recite, sing, finger-play, and act a number of nursery rhymes. Appropriate for preschool to 2nd grade
American Giants of Science
American Giants of Science - Bright Star Touring Theater
May 11

Thomas Edison, Diane Fossey, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and more all make their appearance in this fast paced show. In a whirlwind tour through time, young audiences meets some of America’s most famous inventors and scientists. The best part of this program is the audience interaction. The show features audience volunteers onstage that help Benjamin Franklin fly his kite, work with Alexander Graham Bell on placing a phone call and so much more. This rollicking educational adventure is laugh-out-loud funny. Appropriate for grades 2-8
Study Guide
Mad Science: Wacky Science
Mad Science: Wacky Science
May 18

The audience will learn what a polymer is and will get to watch a brave volunteer make a giant batch of Slime with their bare hands! They will also be amazed as the Mad Scientist uses science to melt the 'Wicked Witch of the West' right before their eyes. Next, the children will learn about static electricity from demonstrations with a Van der Graaf generator. One of the children will even get to touch the Van der Graaf for a 'hair raising' experience. We round off the event with our exciting Dry Ice demonstrations. Appropriate for grades K-6.
Folktale Fun - TAHIRA
Folktale Fun - TAHIRA
June 8

Clever spiders, signifying monkeys and grinnin’ buzzards are just some of the intriguing characters in the Folktale Fun told by TAHIRA. This interactive program is ideal for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Delivered in her signature high-energy style, TAHIRA captivates young audiences while imparting universal values such as appreciating differences and being kind with your words. Family audiences around the country have remarked how inspiring, as well as entertaining TAHIRA’s folktales are.