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 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 10:00, 11:00 and 1:00

PLEASE NOTE:
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 njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov
New and Featured Shows for the 2019 School Year
School Planetarium Schedule - CapCOM Go!
Grades: 4-12

NASA engineers and astronauts overcame extraordinary obstacles to land humans on the moon. Follow the Apollo program through immense challenges, and inspire your students to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future!
School Planetarium Schedule - Tales of the Maya Skies
NEW! Tales of the Maya Skies
Grades: 3-12

The ancient Maya achieved an unparalleled understanding of astronomy. Experience how Maya culture, life, architecture, and legends were intertwined with the ancient Maya’s scientific observation and recording of planetary movements.
School Planetarium Schedule - Heart of the Sun
Grades: 4-12

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.
School Planetarium Schedule - Pre-K & Kindergarten - One World, One Sky
Grades: Pre-K to 1

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon, and stars!
Teacher Guide: One World, One Sky
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Grades: K to 4

Based on the book series by Mary Pope Osborne. Adventure through space with brother-sister team of Jack and Annie….and their Magic Tree House!
Teacher Guide: Magic Tree House
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - Earth, Moon & Sun
Grades: 2 to 5

Our most popular show! Discover Earth’s place in the universe, and the patterns in the motion of sun, moon and stars with the help of clever Coyote.
Teacher Guide: Earth, Moon & Sun
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 emerge glad you live on Earth! Pair this show with our Wide World of Weather workshop.
Teacher Guide: Wildest Weather in the Solar System
Additional Available Shows
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
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 - 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 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 - 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 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 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 - 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 - Astronaut
Astronaut
Suitable for general audiences.

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.
School Planetarium Schedule - Extreme Planets
Extreme Planets
Suitable for general audiences.

For centuries, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Now, we are finally one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another star, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. In fact, these extrasolar planets now appear to be quite common. Extreme Planets explores what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place and takes a fulldome tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!
School Planetarium Schedule - Season of Light
Season of Light
Suitable for general audiences.

Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It's an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem". Season of Light is a specialty program with an emphasis on astronomical and cultural themes related to the holiday season. Its educational impact is achieved through a set of multidisciplinary ideas woven throughout the program that help relate different holiday traditions and astronomy to the lives of students, families, and the general public.
School Planetarium Schedule - Sky Quest
Sky Quest
Suitable for general audiences.

Sky Quest is an exploration of the stars, planets, and constellations told from the viewpoint of an astronomer. Share her lifelong fascination with the heavens — from her childhood adventures on Mars (via a cardboard rocket) — to the discovery of her "birthday star" that led her to become an astronomer and build her own mountain-top observatory.