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)
Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Planetarium Public Schedule
Planetarium - Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon.

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.

Soar into space in the New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium! The Planetarium regularly premieres new and exciting shows that feature state-of-the-art Full Dome Video and offers both traditional sky and full-spectrum laser programs. The Museum’s spacious, specially-designed reclining seats accommodate groups of up to 140, while dynamic and knowledgeable show presenters take the visitor zooming through the solar system with customized star talks.

Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.
Public Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps welcome.

We participate in the Blue Star program (Memorial Day – Labor Day) active duty military members and up to four family members are admitted free with ID. Active duty Military members with ID are free year-round.

PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break weekday shows are available to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

School/Group Visits: To schedule a school or group visit to the Planetarium, call (609) 292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Happy Birthday from the New Jersey State Museum!
Bring your child to the Planetarium for their birthday and receive a free gift! Just tell the box office when buying tickets and give them the birthday child’s first name. They will give your child the free gift and the Planetarium will announce the birthday before the show!
If you call 3 or more business days in advance, the Planetarium will also add a banner to the dome to celebrate! To add the banner, contact William Murray at 609-826-3940 or William.murray@sos.nj.gov

October 18 & 25
Planetarium - Star Observation Session
7 pm Star Observation Session
Visit the Planetarium Friday evening for a special nighttime star talk in the Planetarium, then hop in your car and follow us a short drive to the Washington Crossing Park Simpson Observatory (weather permitting). The Amateur Astronomy Association of Princeton will be on hand with telescopes to observe the night sky and help visitors with their use. If viewing conditions are poor, immediately following the sky talk guests will see a free Planetarium show. Recommended for ages 7+.
October 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Planetarium - Tales of Mayan Skies
12 noon Tales of Maya Skies - NEW
“Tales of the Maya Skies” immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, cosmology and myth, as we are taken back in time to the jungles of Mexico and to the cities and temples of the ancient Maya. The beautifully illustrated story reveals how the Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements, and through this knowledge make sense of the world around them. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - The Little Star that Could
Little Star is an average yellow star, searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Pairs with the Early Learning program Stars & Shapes Forever.
Planetarium - Laser Halloween
NJSM is horrified to bring you its annual Laser Halloween show! This terrifyingly fun laser experience will send chills up your spine as you witness prowling vampires and haunting demons. Dazzling lights jump out from the darkness in fun renditions of seasonal music such as Purple People Eater and Monster Mash. Laser Halloween is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season … if you dare! Suitable for general audiences. Please note: some songs may contain lyrics or images considered scary by very young visitors. .
Planetarium - CapCOM Go!
The Apollo Story - An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. Suitable for all ages.

This show is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and a perfect complement to the exhibition “Many Inspired Steps” on view in the Riverside Gallery May 25 through November 10.
November 2019
Saturday & Sunday
Planetarium - Season of Light
12 noon Season of Light - NEW
Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. Discover the astronomical meanings behind different seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem."
Planetarium  - One World, One Sky
Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon, and stars!
Planetarium - Dark Universe
Unravel the complexities of the cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson as your guide! Plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and explore the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy in this spectacular show.
Planetarium - CapCOM Go!
The Apollo Story - An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. Suitable for all ages.

This show is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and a perfect complement to the exhibition “Many Inspired Steps” on view in the Riverside Gallery May 25 through November 10.
Planetarium - Laser Holiday Magic!
The NJSM Planetarium invites you to celebrate this magical holiday season with its most spectacular show ever! Our new full-spectrum laser beams dance along with dazzling animated laser effects set to popular holiday music such as Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman and many more. Enjoy a unique, festive experience under the stars at New Jersey’s largest full dome planetarium. Suitable for general audiences.

Shows and times are subject to change.