Plan your Visit
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The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton within walking distance of the State House. It is situated overlooking the Delaware River midway between New York and Philadelphia.
New Jersey State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625
Main Museum Building and Auditorium Galleries
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 4:45pm
Closed Mondays & State Holidays
Museum Floor Plan
Suggested Museum Admission Rates
Suggested admission fee revenue supports the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.
Children 12 and under: Free
Seniors & Students with valid ID: $4.00
The following receive FREE general admission with valid ID: Members*, Teachers, Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families.
*Membership to the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum can be purchased in the Museum Shop on Level 2.
Planetarium Admission Rates
Children 12 and under: $5.00
Members: $2.00 off per ticket
Groups of 15 or more: $5.00 per person
Planetarium tickets can be purchased in the Planetarium Box Office, located on the lower level. Planetarium Admission tickets includes the Museum General Admission
Group Admission Rates
Please ask about our group rates, program schedule and reservation policy. Admission fee revenue supports the Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs.
Thank you for supporting your State Museum.
Directions to the New Jersey State Museum
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Parking is free on the weekends in the lot behind and adjacent to the Museum and Planetarium.
Weekday parking is available but limited in the State House Garage. Metered parking is available on West State Street.
Additional parking is available in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area; see Trenton Parking Authority Garages
Artworks – Trenton’s downtown visual arts center located in a historic renovated building next to Mill Hill Park – promotes artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning and appreciation of the arts. Art classes, exhibitions and events, make art an accessible experience for all.
Classes and workshops in a wide variety of visual arts media are offered year-round for children, teens and adult. The school has artist-in-residence studios, art history lectures, monthly performances and multi-media events community art events. The 2,000 square foot gallery features ten exhibitions annually.
Ellarslie, The Trenton City Museum
Ellarslie presents permanent and special exhibits of Trenton’s historical artifacts and industrial products, particularly pottery and porcelain, as well as works by local artists. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Group tours require a reservation.
New Jersey State House
The capitol since 1792, the State House is New Jersey’s most historic public building. Today, it houses the executive and legislative branches of government. It includes magnificently restored chambers and is a “must see” for anyone interested in civics and architecture.
Guided tours of the capital building are given Monday through Friday. Groups of over ten and all school groups require advance reservations. For springtime visits, we recommend reserving nine months in advance.
Old Barracks Museum
The Old Barracks Museum offers unique and quality programs to visiting groups. Meet the Past programs, Battle of Trenton and New Jersey Divided, are 60-minute programs, using first person interpretation to introduce and immerse visitors into life in 1777 New Jersey.
A Call to Arms Workshop, a 150-minute program, is offered to children ages 9 and up. This workshop gives groups an intensive and individual approach to Continental Army life. Middle schoolers assume the roles of historians, architects, and archaeologists in our History Lab. Outreach programs for individual classes and assembly programs are also available.
The War Memorial
The Trenton War Memorial, the state’s official monument to all New Jerseyans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, was built in 1932. The 1800 seat Patriots Theater within the War Memorial is widely known as a premiere center for the performing arts. Patriots Theater is host to many educational programs presented by various organizations including The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Works, The Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Theatre.
An architectural treasure listed on the National Register and the State Register of Historic Sites, the War Memorial was reopened in 1999 following a $35 million restoration and renovation by the State of New Jersey. The War Memorial also houses a Militia Museum, an art deco ballroom and several other beautiful and historic rooms. Tours of the building are free. Call the number above to arrange a tour.
William Trent House
The 1719 home of William Trent is available for guided "empty house" tours. Students will learn about the life and times of various members of the Trent household while they participate in activities such as colonial era games, carding wool, grinding herbs or trying on clothing.
City of Trenton schools may schedule colonial era themed classroom sessions for 4th grade students. Reservations required for all group tours and in-school programs.
The Story of Trenton: The Story of America, Patriots’ Week is a celebration of the city’s role in the birth of the American nation. From December 26 through 31, downtown
Trenton will explode with events that both commemorate the patriots who fought for American independence and honor the ideals of the Revolution that thrive today.