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)
Planetarium School Program Schedule
Collections-Planetarium Soar into space in our amazing Hi-Def Planetarium! The New Jersey State Museum's 140-seat Planetarium features precision projection of more than 6000 stars that transport the audience on an amazing astronomical experience.

All presentations include a live New Jersey sky talk.

Advance reservations and payment are required. Planetarium scheduled show times are 9:30, 10:30 and 1:00.

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. We are unable to issue refunds for late arrivals.

Length: Shows range from 25 to 45 minutes
Cost: $3 per person, including teachers and chaperones.
Group Size: Our Planetarium seats 140 people; larger groups will be split into two or more shows. Minimum group size of 15 attendees.

Reservations and Information: Call 609-292-1382 or email
NEW! For the 2019 school year
School Planetarium Schedule - Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Grades: 2-12

Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and a raging 400-year-old hurricane on Jupiter. You’ll be glad you live on Earth!
Teacher Guide: Wildest Weather in the Solar System
School Planetarium Schedule - Dinosaurs at Dusk
Grades: 2 to 12

Travel back to the time of dinosaurs with teenage pilot Lucy and her father, in search of the ancestors of modern birds, and the origins of flight. Limited show times, call for information and reservations.
Teacher Guide: Dinosaurs at Dusk
Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.
School Planetarium Schedule - Dark Universe
Grades: 7-12

Unravel the complexities of the cosmos with Neil de Grasse Tyson as your guide! Plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere and explore the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy in this spectacular show.
Teacher Guide: Dark Universe
School Planetarium Schedule - From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
Grades: 4 to 12

Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration! Using exciting, real-life projects like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission, the show highlights spacecraft engineering, the lifecycles of a space mission from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations.
Teacher Guide: Inside NASA
School Planetarium Schedule - Dawn of the Space Age
Suitable for general audiences

From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights. Be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historic reconstruction of Man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women that took part in these death defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion, and their perseverance to explore, in Dawn of the Space Age.
School Planetarium Schedule - Heart of the Sun
Suitable for all ages.

New space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of terrestrial instruments, capture both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity and for the first time take us right inside a living star. From the Neolithic sky watchers of Europe to the solar observatories and blood sacrifice of Mesoamerica to the sun gods of the Egyptians and Greeks and the dawning of Aristotelian science, The Heart of the Sun reveals how the development of our whole cosmology has been informed by our struggle with this oldest of mysteries.
School Planetarium Schedule - 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 – November 10
Pre-K & Kindergarten
School Planetarium Schedule - Pre-K & Kindergarten - One World, One Sky
Grades: Pre-K to 2

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon and stars! Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation.
Teacher Guide: One World, One Sky
School Planetarium Schedule - Pre-K & Kindergarten - The Little Star that Could
Grades: Pre-K to 2

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.
Teacher Guide: The Little Star that Could
Elementary & Up
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Grades: 1 to 4

In Magic Tree House® Space Mission, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with fans of all ages and school audiences alike.
Teacher Guide: Magic Tree House
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!
Grades: 1 to 5

All rookies report to class! Join Rusty Rocket on his final mission as he takes a new class of rocket rookies on an introductory tour of the solar system. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them.
Teacher Guide: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Follow the Drinking Gourd
Grades: 1 to 5

Originally produced as a NJSM Planetarium Show, this slide and video presentation is set in the era of slavery in the United States. It explains how slaves used the Big Dipper, also known as the as the Drinking Gourd, to find the North Star (Polaris). Join us as we follow a family that uses this celestial navigation along the Underground Railroad to reach freedom.
Teacher Guide: Follow the Drinking Gourd
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Laser Space Chase
Grades: 1 to 5

Someone has stolen the Cosmic Lab’s latest invention! Will Lieutenant Photeus be dragged into a black hole as he pursues the culprit? Or will the villainous captain Xenon be brought to Justice? A truly music-filled astronomical experience for all ages.

Laser 101 L-A-S-E-R is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Find out how lasers work from an excitable electron as he presents this enlightening demonstration.
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Earth, Moon & Sun
Grades: 2 to 5

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character Coyote (adapted from Native American oral traditions), who has many misconceptions about our home planet and it’s most familiar neighbors. How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Many other commonly asked questions will be answered.
Teacher Guide: Earth, Moon & Sun
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Stars!
Grades: 4 to 12

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars!
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - To Space and Back
Grades: 4 to 12

Join us as we take audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and applications (apps) we use every day. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world in this new fully immersive show.
Teacher Guide: To Space and Back
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Black Holes
Grades: 6 to 12

Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? This new program incorporates some of the most intense full dome visual effects ever created on the subject and includes a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.
Teacher Guide: Black Holes
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Grades: 6 to 12

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; a fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds – veritable way stations in space – enabling us to cross the Solar System.
Teacher Guide: Asteroid