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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.

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NEW! 2021-22 Field Trip Guide

 

Planetarium - Educational

Our Planetarium will be open for groups beginning November 3, 2021 fully upgraded with an Ultra-High Resolution 8K projection system, so your experience is sure to be out of this world!

From the ancient Maya to adventures on Mars, we have shows for all age groups and interests.

Shows are 25-45 minutes long. Most shows also include a New Jersey Sky Talk.

Advance reservations and payments are required. Show times are 10:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm Wednesday through Friday. The first group to book a show time chooses the show; possible shows are listed below.

Cost: $5 per person, including leaders and chaperones.

Trenton Public Schools and Title 1 schools receive a 20% discount.

Group Size: Planetarium seats 140 people, larger groups will be scheduled for two or more shows. Minimum group size of 15 attendees.

Shows begin promptly at the scheduled time. We are unable to issue refunds for late arrivals.

Reservations and Information: Call 609-292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

All in-person programs are subject to change per COVID-19 health and safety regulations. We reserve the option to reschedule or cancel programs if we are unable to safely serve you.

Planetarium Programs

Featured Shows Coming Soon!

 

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.

 

NEW! 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.

 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Grades: K - 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

 

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

 

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

 

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Grades: 2 - 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.

Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.

Teacher Guide: Dinosaurs at Dusk

 

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

Grades: 1 - 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.

Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.

Teacher Guide: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

 

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.

 

Earth, Moon & Sun

Grades: 2 - 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

 

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Grades: 4 - 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

 

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Destination Mars

Suitable for family audiences and school groups.

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey. This film is narrated by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison and Emmy-award winning actor Keith David and includes original music by Claudio Ragazzi, a Grammy Award-winning professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

 

 

Stars!

Grades: 4 - 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!

 

To Space and Back

Grades: 4 - 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

 

Black Holes

Grades: 6 - 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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

 


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