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New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Touch the Stars
April 9-12 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Heart of the Sun

Small Explorers
April 13 2024

Small Explorers: Animals of New Jersey

10:00 AM

This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading “Over in the Forest, A woodland baby animal counting book” by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin. We will have a visit from the Mercer County Wildlife Center and some of their educational animals. Whoooo are our neighbors in the forest? Why are they important to us and what can we do to help them?

Small Explorers is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. Register

Trenton area families with children ages 6 months to 5 years are invited to participate in Small Explorers, which is offered on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October to June. The playgroup is an opportunity for you to explore the Museum with your child and connect with other families for support. Small Explorers is supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great.

Touch the Stars
April 13-14 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
April 16-19 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Heart of the Sun

Small Explorers
April 20 2024

Science Under the Stars: Ice dunes or molten hellscape? Using dynamics to constrain the habitability of exoplanets

4:15 PM

Join us in the Planetarium for this free talk! Guest speaker Dr. Mariah MacDonald, The College of New Jersey, covers what it means for a planet to be habitable and how we can use the dynamics of planets to study their composition, formation, and evolution. Astrobiology seeks to understand how planets can support life and seeks to constrain the frequency of habitable planets. Current estimates suggest that nearly 10% of Sun-like stars host rocky planets in their habitable zones and that the Milky Way alone hosts an average of 0.35 Earth-like planets per star. Register

Touch the Stars
April 20-21 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Small Explorers
April 21 2024

Earth Day at the New Jersey State Museum

April 21, 10 AM – 3 PM

Join us on April 21 for a free day of activities inspired nature.

  • Use the sun to make a special nature-based craft
  • Learn about pollinator gardens and how to tell the difference between native and non-native insects
  • Make your own seed bombs with native seeds to jump start your own garden at home
  • Explore nature photography & local biodiversity
  • Hear from Museum curators about the night sky and the history of insects
  • Take a birdwatching tour of the Delaware River and hear more from Tulpehaking Nature Center
  • Bring home a seedling of a native NJ tree

Think and share how you can take care of the Earth while we celebrate nature!

Touch the Stars
April 27 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

11:00 am  Estrellas

Touch the Stars
April 27-28 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
April 30 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Touch the Stars
May 1-3 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Star
May 3 2024

Star Talk & Observation

Doors open 6:30 PM, talk begins 7:00 PM

Join us for a free sky observing event! Come to the Planetarium for a sky talk, after which we’ll form a convoy to drive up to the observatory at Washington Crossing (about a 20 min. drive) for star observations with members of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Princeton. Please dress accordingly for the weather. If viewing conditions are poor, we’ll follow the talk with a free showing of Áróra.

Touch the Stars
May 4-5 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Dinosaurs of Antarctica
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Touch the Stars
3:00 pm  Dynamic Earth

Touch the Stars
May 7-10 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Star
May 10 2024

Star Talk & Observation

Doors open 6:30 PM, talk begins 7:00 PM

Join us for a free sky observing event! Come to the Planetarium for a sky talk, after which we’ll form a convoy to drive up to the observatory at Washington Crossing (about a 20 min. drive) for star observations with members of the Amateur Astronomy Association of Princeton. Please dress accordingly for the weather. If viewing conditions are poor, we’ll follow the talk with a free showing of Áróra.

Small Explorers
May 11 2024

Small Explorers: Journey into the World of Insects

9:45 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM

This month in our Small Explorers program, we’re reading “Backyard Bugs” by Jill McDonald. Kim’s Critters will be bringing us live specimens to enjoy. Grab your nets and your magnifying glasses and come check out a BUG'S LIFE. The program is free but space is limited; registration required. Register

Trenton area families with children ages 6 months to 5 years are invited to participate in Small Explorers, which is offered on the 2nd Saturday of each month from October to June. Small Explorers is supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great.

Touch the Stars
May 11-12 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Dinosaurs of Antarctica
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Touch the Stars
3:00 pm  Dynamic Earth

Touch the Stars
May 14-17 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Touch the Stars
May 18-19 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Dinosaurs of Antarctica
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Touch the Stars
3:00 pm  Dynamic Earth

Touch the Stars
May 21-24 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Touch the Stars
May 25 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

11:00 am  Tocar las Estrellas

Touch the Stars
May 25-26 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Dinosaurs of Antarctica
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Touch the Stars
3:00 pm  Dynamic Earth

Touch the Stars
May 28-31 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Touch the Stars

Touch the Stars
June 1-2 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 4-7 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 8-9 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 11-14 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 15-16 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 18-20 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 22 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

Touch the Stars
June 22-23 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 25-28 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 29-30 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Upcoming Events

Science Under the Stars: Ice dunes or molten hellscape? Using dynamics to constrain the habitability of exoplanets

Science Under the Stars

April 20, 4:15 PM

Join us in the Planetarium for this free talk! Guest speaker Dr. Mariah MacDonald, The College of New Jersey, covers what it means for a planet to be habitable and how we can use the dynamics of planets to study their composition, formation, and evolution. Astrobiology seeks to understand how planets can support life and seeks to constrain the frequency of habitable planets. Current estimates suggest that nearly 10% of Sun-like stars host rocky planets in their habitable zones and that the Milky Way alone hosts an average of 0.35 Earth-like planets per star. Register

Earth Day at the New Jersey State Museum

Earth Day

April 21, 10 AM – 3 PM

Join us on April 21 for a free day of activities inspired nature. Think and share how you can take care of the Earth while we celebrate nature!

Schedule: 11 AM & 1 PM – Bird watching tour. Meet on the lawn in front of the Museum.
11:30 AM – Night Sky talk. Museum Auditorium.
12 noon – History of Insects talk. Museum Auditorium.

  • Use the sun to make a special nature-based craft
  • Learn about pollinator gardens and how to tell the difference between native and non-native insects
  • Make your own seed bombs with native seeds to jump start your own garden at home
  • Explore nature photography & local biodiversity
  • Hear from Museum curators about the night sky and the history of insects
  • Take a birdwatching tour of the Delaware River and hear more from Tulpehaking Nature Center
  • Bring home a seedling of a native NJ tree

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Local families are welcome to register for the Small Explorers program, taking place in the Discovery Den on the second Saturday of the month. This playgroup is an opportunity for you to explore the Museum with your child and connect with other families for support. Families are encouraged to sign up for a full year of sessions to build knowledge, skills and relationships. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. Sessions take place in-person at 9:45, 11:00 and 12:15 PM in the Discovery Den, The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. Contact Susan.Kozak-Buckley@sos.nj.gov to learn more and register.

Small Explorers is supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great.

NOTE: Registration requests must be received by 10:00 am the Friday before the event in order to allow time for staff to confirm space availability.

Visit the Events/Calendar page for monthly program details and to register.

Event Rentals

The New Jersey State Museum is a wonderful setting for your special event with changing exhibits that can provide a unique backdrop for any occasion. The Museum is ideally located in the State Capital Complex in Trenton, and offers a one-of-a-kind venue with incredible architecture and beautiful views of the Delaware River. For rates and availability, please view our rental information or email Rentals.NJSM@sos.nj.gov.

Available Rental spaces:

First Floor West Gallery
Riverview Court

This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.

Auditorium
Auditorium

The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.

Additional rental spaces

 

 

 


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