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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
December 2-3 2023

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Touch the Stars
December 5-8 2023

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Áróra

Lenape pottery
December 9 2023

Small Explorers: Horsing around with Art

9:45am, 11:00am or 12:15 pm

This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading Dr. Seuss’s "Horse Museum." Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself. Join the horses that are trotting, galloping and posing in American Perspectives. Lend a HAND measuring how big and small horses can be. Get ready for a horse-y good time filled with laughter, learning, and imagination!

The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. Three sessions are offered: 9:45, 11:00 or 12:15. Register with this link: https://forms.office.com/g/dU7x2X0Tre

Touch the Stars
December 9-10 2023

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Touch the Stars
December 12-15 2023

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Áróra

Touch the Stars
December 16-17 2023

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Touch the Stars
December 19-22 2023

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Áróra

Touch the Stars
December 23 2023

Spanish Language Planetarium Shows

10:00 am  Cuentos de Cielos Mayas
11:00 am  Tierra Dinámica

Touch the Stars
December 23 2023

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Touch the Stars
December 24 2023

Museum early closing at 1:00 pm

Touch the Stars
December 26-29 2023

Patriots Week Planetarium Shows

11:00 am  Magic Tree House: Space Mission
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Season of Light

Touch the Stars
December 28 2023

Civil War Flag Unveiling

10:00 am

In the American Civil War, flags guided troops into battle and served as patriotic icons of honor and pride. Join flag historian Dr. David Martin and Cultural of Cultural History Nicholas Ciotola for the history of five new flags to be unveiled in the New Jersey State Museum exhibition, The Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey.

Touch the Stars
December 30-31 2023

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

12:00 pm  Season of Light
1:00 pm  The Moon
2:00 pm  Áróra
3:00 pm  Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Lenape pottery
January 13 2023

Small Explorers: Planetarium/Lunar Adventure

9:45 AM & 11:00 AM
Both sessions will attend the 10:00 AM Planetarium show.

For this month's program, two sessions will be offered, 9:45 AM or 11:00 AM, but registered participants for BOTH sessions will attend a 10:00 AM Planetarium Show. This month in our Small Explorers program we’re attending a planetarium showing of "The Moon" and will be reading the book "Love you to the Moon and Back" by Amelia Hepworth and Tim Warnes. We will explore the wonders of the moon through a planetarium program and engaging activities. Together, we'll learn about the moon's phases, textures, and stories while fostering curiosity and creativity in our young participants.

Two sessions are offered this month: 9:45 or 11:00 AM. Register with this link: https://forms.office.com/g/BDrfSvujAB

planetarium
January 20 2023

Science Under the Stars: Strange New Worlds

4:00 PM

Did you know that it wasn't until the 1990s that scientists could be sure there were planets beyond our solar system? Since then, astronomers have discovered thousands of these planets – known as "exoplanets" – circling distant stars.

Join us in the Planetarium for this free talk by Dr. Josh Winn, Princeton professor and author of The Little Book of Exoplanets. Dr. Winn explains why it took so long to find exoplanets, what new technologies and techniques were required, and what kinds of planets have been found. Recent advances have revealed bizarre new planets unlike anything in the solar system, while also bringing us to the threshold of finding other planets similar to Earth.

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Planetarium News

planet

November 18 the Planetarium will host a free climate science lecture by Dr. Zachary Labe. The talk will begin at 4:00 PM. Dr. Labe is a climate scientist associated with Princeton University and NOAA.

The Planetarium is now offering weekday Planetarium shows Tuesday through Friday at 2:30 PM. All show titles and times are listed on the Calendar page.

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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