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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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Learn At The Museum

NEW! 2021-22 Field Trip Guide

 

Virtual Field Trips

Bring the Museum to you! Choose from enhanced Virtual Field Trip Kits or Ask the Experts virtual science talks. There’s something here for everyone! To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Kits

Bring the State Museum to you, with 3 incredible kits for distance learning. Scaffolded for students in grades K-4 or 5-8, kits are compatible with Google Classroom and include:

  • Enhanced gallery tours (pre-recorded)
  • Set of 25 hands-on crafts + instructions
  • 3 printable activities to expand learning
Kit Pricing

$75 per kit of 25 projects

FREE in-person pick up at the Museum or direct shipping for $30/box (up to 50 projects in a box to minimize your shipping cost)

Digital links will be emailed and materials packaged after payment is received.

To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Kit Options:

Fantastic Fossils
Enhanced Gallery Tour (pre-recorded) choose from “Into the Deep Freeze” Explore New Jersey in the Ice Age for K-4 or “Dinosaurs and Deception” A paleontology feud of epic proportions for 5-8
Paint a Prehistoric Creature craft – 25 plaster molds, paints and brushes with instructions for a Paleozoic diorama.
Expansion Activities – Paleo Practice, Earth History Timeline and DIY Wooly Mammoths

Art and Inspiration
Enhanced Gallery Tours (pre-recorded) “It’s Made of What?” For K-8 A close-up of artists and the materials they use in making sculpture.
Paint with Texture art project – Canvas paper, paint and brushes with instructions for mixing color and texture elements in artwork.
Expansion Activities – The Artist’s Eye, Color Your World and Wilderness Artworks

Lenape Artistry
Enhanced Gallery Tours (pre-recorded) choose from “Digging the Past” An introduction to archaeology and New Jersey’s First People for K-4 or “A Resilient People” Lenape cultural changes in the face of colonization and hardship for 5-8
Weave a Block-Stamped Basket craft – 25 basket frames, raffia or jute and beads with a copy of the book Rainbow Crow a Lenape tale and instructions for weaving your basket
Expansion Activities – Archaeology 101: Layers in the Earth, Lenape Games to make and play, Rainbow Crow coloring page

Ask the Experts Virtual

Our experts can join your virtual classroom, or we can provide a Google Meet or Zoom link. Contact information for the Museum Expert and the session link will be supplied once payment is received. For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions. Teachers will work directly with the expert to coordinate session times, dates and links.

Cost: $3 per student.

Scientist-led talks are 45 minutes with a Q+A session. Payment is due 2 weeks in advance.

To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Choose from:

People of the Past: Archaeology in NJ
How do artifacts help archaeologists understand the lives of prehistoric humans? Archaeologist Dr. Greg Lattanzi leads this exploration of the unique artifacts, geography and environments of important New Jersey archaeological sites.

Fossil Hunters in New Jersey
New Jersey abounds with fossils! Paleontologist Dr. Dana Ehret shares exciting fossil discoveries from throughout the state, what fossils tell us about ancient ecosystems, and all of the challenges paleontologist face in this adventurous field.

Night Sky Talks

Zoom through the night sky with an expert astronomer! Learn all about the stars, planets and constellations observable in the New Jersey sky, right from your classroom.

Cost: $2 per student

Night Sky Talks are 20 minutes long and are offered Tuesdays throughout the school year. Our expert can join your virtual class or we can provide a Google Meet or Zoom link at your request. Contact information for the Museum Expert and the session link will be supplied once payment is received. For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions. Teachers will work directly with the expert to coordinate session times, dates and links. Payment is due 2 weeks in advance.

When you book a Night Sky Talk, you’ll also receive a link to stream the show “To Space and Back”. It’s a story of human ingenuity and engineering, and the daily impacts of space travel on our lives. Show running time is 45 minutes.

Learning Resources

Here you will find videos and guides you can use in the classroom, at home or in the Museum. Explore History, Art and Science in a variety of ways.

 

Episode 1:
How Do You Know Where To Dig?

 

Episode 2:
How Do You Know Where The Fossils Are?

 

Episode 3:
How Do You Know If It Is A Fossil?

 

Episode 4:
How Do We Dig Up Fossils?

 

Episode 5:
How Do We Dig Up the Bones?

 

Episode 6:
How Do We Get the Bones Back Safely?

 

Episode 7:
What Is Fossil Preparation?

 

Episode 8:
Which Dinosaur and Part of the Body Does that Fossil Belong To?

 

Episode 9:
What Did the Dinosaurs Look Like?

 

Episode 10:
Why Do We Look For Dinosaurs In Montana & Wyoming?

 

 


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