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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The State Museum is now open regular operating hours. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

The Museum Shop will be closed Tue. October 26 ; it will reopen Wed. October 27 at 10:00 am.
We apologize for any inconvenience. The Online Shop is open 24/7!

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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Laser Rock
October 30 2021

Planetarium reopening!

Be among the first to see a show in ultra-high definition when the Planetarium reopens on Saturday, Oct. 30. Two showings of fan-favorite “Laser Halloween," at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, on both Saturday and Sunday, plus other new shows. Kids 12 and under can also complete a stellar museum-wide scavenger hunt for a prize.

Admission for the Planetarium is $10 for adults and $5 for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets available at the Planetarium Box Office, 30 minutes before show time.

Laser Halloween
October 30/31 2021

Planetarium Shows

10:00 am  Laser Halloween
11:00 am  EXO: Are we alone?
12:00 pm  Destination Mars
1:00 pm  Climate Change
2:00 pm  Laser Halloween
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we alone?

Halloween Spooktacular
October 31 2021

Come to our Halloween Spooktacular!

12:00 - 3:00 pm  

Get “Lost in Space” at our annual Halloween Spooktacular! Join the Spooktacular Parade and show off your costume, plus enter to win one of 12 giveaway packages. Parade participants ages 12 and under will also receive one free ticket to experience a Planetarium show! The Spooktacular Parade will take place outside, around the Museum plaza, at 12:30 pm; lineup for the parade begins at 12:00 pm.

Other spooky space offerings include take-and-make alien crafts, DIY laser blasters, and trick-or-treat goodies. We can’t wait to space out with you!

One World, One Sky
November 6/7 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Climate Change
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Small Explorers Series
November 13 2021

Small Explorers: Harvest Time

11 - 11:45 am In-person session
12:15 - 1:00 pm Virtual session

Join Miss Beth for Small Explorers Harvest Time! Small Explorers is a FREE program for children ages 5 and under and their families. Every month we explore a new theme through storytelling, museum objects, crafts, games, and playtime! November's theme is Harvest Time.

Registration CLOSES Saturday, November 6th; use the links below to register for either the in-person or virtual session.
Space is limited to the first 10 families for the in-person session. You MUST fill out this form to register for the in-person session.

Space is limited to the first 20 families for the virtual session. You MUST fill out this form to register for the virtual session.

Season of Light
November 13/14 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Climate Change
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

One World, One Sky
November 20/21 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Climate Change
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Laser Holiday Magic!
November 26 2021

Black Friday Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  Season of Light
11:30 am  Laser Holiday Magic!
1:30 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Season of Light
November 27/28 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Climate Change
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

One World, One Sky
December 4/5 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Holiday Magic!
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Laser Holiday Magic!
December 11/12 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Holiday Magic!
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Season of Light
December 18/19 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Holiday Magic!
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

One World, One Sky
December 26 2021

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Holiday Magic!
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Laser Holiday Magic!
December 28-30 2021

Patriot’s Week Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  Season of Light
11:30 am  Laser Holiday Magic!
1:30 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Season of Light
January 1/2 2022

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Holiday Magic!
3:00 pm  EXO: Are we Alone?

Upcoming Events

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31, 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Get “Lost in Space” at our annual Halloween Spooktacular! Join the Spooktacular Parade and show off your costume, plus enter to win one of 12 giveaway packages. Parade participants ages 12 and under will also receive one free ticket to experience a Planetarium show! The Spooktacular Parade will take place outside, around the Museum plaza, at 12:30 pm; lineup for the parade begins at 12:00 pm.

Other spooky space offerings include take-and-make alien crafts, DIY laser blasters, and trick-or-treat goodies. We can’t wait to space out with you!

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorer videos found here

The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month we explore a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. It's held the second weekend of each month on Saturday, in-person in the Discovery Den at 11:00 am, then virtually at 12:15 pm. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact Beth.Cooper@sos.nj.gov.

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.

Upcoming: Small Explorers Harvest Time
November 13
11:00 - 11:45 am In-person session
12:15 - 1:00 pm Virtual session
Join Miss Beth for Small Explorers Harvest Time! To register for one of these sessions click here

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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