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)
Special Events and Family Activities
Keep up to date with monthly special events, drop in programs and exhibit openings by checking our Program Calendar. Three times a year we offer a SMASH event. 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. For information on our SMASH Series – Spectacularly Merging Art, Science and History! Visit the SMASH page.
Museum Day Live

Museum Day Live Sat. September 22

Celebrate women in New Jersey history through objects on display and fun, hands-on programs for adults and children, including a free Planetarium program.

  • Visit the STEAM Center to learn the story of Emily Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge, then try building various bridge designs. Tour the Pretty Big Things gallery and see objects that belonged to the Roebling Family on display.
  • Drop in to the Imagination Studio to learn about two women from NJ history through arts and craft projects. Create a blueberry pie collage craft and learn about Elizabeth Coleman White, the inventor of the blueberry industry in the Pinelands. Create art that expresses the concept of peace, equality and or human rights while learning about Edith Savage Jennings, the Civil Rights activist & friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
  • Participate in a scavenger hunt to locate women in New Jersey history in the galleries throughout the Museum and learn more about their story.

Register and download your free ticket at The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Discovery Den
Discovery Den
Visit our natural sciences play space, designed just for families with children ages 0-8. Explore nature in New Jersey through touchable specimens, games, books, puppets, costumes and more! Adult supervision in this self-guided space is required.
Small Explorers Guides
Available in the Visitor Lobby, Discovery Den and some gallery spaces, Small Explorers Museum Family Guides are designed with children ages 0-5 in mind. Each page highlights an object in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Families are welcome to take these guides home, they also includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home.
Small Explorers
Small Explorers Series – NEW!
Small Explorers Series

Held the third Saturday of each month, now at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in the Discovery Den, 2nd floor. For children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers.

Explore the Museum with your baby, toddler or preschooler! Each month the Small Explorers series explores a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. Each program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. The program is FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. For more information or to register contact Be sure to stay for the 11:00 am Planetarium show, specially chosen for little space explorers!

Upcoming Program Themes
Art Exploration
Night Time Creatures
Native American Traditions
Animals in Winter
Trenton Makes Words
Trenton Makes WORDS!
Trenton Makes—Words! is a free vocabulary program to get Trenton children ages 0-5 ready for kindergarten.

Our sessions foster fun, interactive experiences between parents/caregivers and children ages 0-5 and provide tips to enhance verbal interaction in your daily routine. These learning opportunities complement your parenting efforts to make sure your children have the learning and social skills they’ll need when they begin kindergarten. Visit our website to choose the location, day, and time that works best for you.
To learn more about these and other new programs for Trenton parents and children ages 0-5 visit or “like” our Facebook page.