Bring your summer camp to the Museum and fill the day with exciting, interactive programs! In a single day you might experience a planetarium show, live show in our auditorium, a natural history or archaeology presentation and a fun self-guided gallery activity.
Museum Admission Rates
Effective January 2, 2013, the State Museum will begin implementing a “suggested” admission fee. Admission fee revenue supports the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.
Soar into Space in the Planetarium!
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.
Photograph Courtesy of NASA
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.
Planetarium Showtimes: Current Schedule
Reflections and Memories from New Jersey
On September 11, 2001, the world watched in horror as terrorists used commercial airplanes as weapons against the United States, killing 2,979 people, destroying the World Trade Center, and damaging the Pentagon in their brutal coordinated attack. On that fateful day, nearly 700 New Jerseyans - the second highest casualty toll after New York - perished at the World Trade Center (WTC), Pentagon, and aboard United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The New Jersey State Museum commemorates the ten-year anniversary of September 11 with a major exhibition, Remember 9.11 Reflections and Memories from New Jersey, which explores the impact of the terrorist attacks on the people of the Garden State. The exhibit revolves around New Jersey's reflections and responses to 9/11 and includes artifacts conveying the human dimension and enormity of the attacks complete with oral histories of 9/11 families, survivors, rescue workers and volunteers.
The opening of Remember 9.11 coincided with the beginning of the new school year. In connection with that, the museum offers several new educational programs throughout the academic year to help teachers educate their students about 9/11.
for more information on 9.11 education programs
Remember 9.11: Reflections and Memories from New Jersey and related educational programming is made possible in part through the generous support of
Remembrance Sponsorship support provided by NRG Energy. With in-kind support from the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce, Capital Health and the Trenton Downtown Association’s Destination Trenton Initiative.