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New Jersey State Museum

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

NOTICE: Due to system repairs, the Museum will be colder than normal. Please dress accordingly.

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NEW! 2023/2024 Field Trip Guide

Watch our field trip orientation video

The New Jersey State Museum offers students 4 floors of exhibits exploring the Natural and Cultural history of the State, Archaeology and the Lenape People, and a remarkable Fine Art collection. Each long-term exhibit gallery offers printed guides for both pre-K and older students to explore on their own. You can also choose to enhance your field trip with a guided tour or a hands-on workshop.

Gallery guides are available for long-term exhibits. Learn more.

Don’t forget to reserve a visit to the Planetarium! Our Ultra-High Resolution 8K projection system will immerse students in the wonders of the galaxy. We offer Spanish language options for select shows. Learn more information: https://www.nj.gov/state/museum/learn-planetarium.shtml

We continue to provide Virtual Field Trip options to give you flexibility in lesson planning. Choose from several virtual tour kits that include hands-on projects shipped directly to you. Click on the PDF link at the top of the page to learn more about all of our offerings or choose from the drop-down menu at the top under LEARN. When you are ready to make a reservation email reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov

Please Note: 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.

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Pricing

Pricing for In-Person Programs

General admission is FREE.
Pricing for reserved experiences are listed below.

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Guided Tours Free Free
Planetarium $5 $5
Workshops $5 Free
Ask the Experts $5 Free
Advance reservations are REQUIRED for all programs, free and fee-based. Payments must be made in full 2 weeks in advance.

Title I and Trenton Public School District schools receive a 20% discount.
No refunds can be issued once payment is processed.

 

Pricing for Virtual Programs

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Virtual Field Trip Kits $75 per kit; each kit supplies 25 student projects Free
Ask the Experts Live Science Talk $5 Free
Advance reservations are REQUIRED for all programs, free and fee-based. Payments must be made in full 2 weeks in advance. No refunds can be issued once payment is processed.

In-Person Field Trip Experiences

NEW! 2023/2024 Field Trip Guide

Reservations are now being accepted for fall 2023 and spring 2024 trips. Group programs are available Tuesday-Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Groups of 15 or more may reserve tours, workshops and Planetarium shows, for descriptions of each see below.

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

Lunch reservations are available for the lunch room at 225 West State Street, contact reservations at (609) 292-1382 or email reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov for more information. Outside picnic tables are available without a reservation on a first-come basis.

Buses must drop off and pick up students at the main entrance (West State Street) and park in the Perry Street lot during the visit.

Plan to arrive at the main entrance 15 minutes before your first program so that students and chaperones can drop off all food and drink in bins provided and receive a Museum Welcome before heading off to reserved programs.

Please Note: 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.

Homeschools
Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are invited to schedule in person and virtual programs, tours and Planetarium shows.

Summer Camp Groups
2024 summer groups (July 9-September 6 2024) will choose from Planetarium public shows at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30 and a simplified list of workshops options. Please ask about these options at the time of booking.

Virtual Field Trips
If you are looking to book a virtual experience for your students, you will find all of our programs and information at https://nj.gov/state/museum/learn-resources.shtml.

Gallery Guides
Gallery guides are available for long-term exhibits. Learn more.

 

Our Planetarium features a fully upgraded 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.

Show times are 10:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm, Tuesday-Friday

PLEASE NOTE:
Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. We are unable to issue refunds for late arrivals

Length: Shows range from 25 to 45 minutes
Cost: $5 per person, including teachers and chaperones.
Group Size: Our Planetarium seats 140 people; larger groups will be split into two or more shows. Minimum group size of 15 attendees. The first group to book a show time chooses the show!

Reservations and Information: email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Examine real fossils, engineer a home, or learn about culture through time! Enhance your field trip with these hands-on experiences, designed around New Jersey's curriculum standards.

We offer workshops for a wide range of grades, from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade. All workshops are 45 minutes long and are designed with New Jersey curriculum standards in mind. All workshops can accommodate groups of 15 – 25. Groups with a larger group size will be divided into multiple sessions. Groups of over 200 students cannot be accommodated on the same day but may be divided into multiple days if needed.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Cost: $5.00 per student

Preschool/Early Elementary Workshops [Pre-K – 1st grade]
The New Jersey State Museum welcomes our youngest visitors with Small Explorers gallery guides specifically designed for them, age-appropriate Planetarium shows and guided programs focusing on exploring science, art and history through creative play, crafts and storytelling.

Paint Me a Story
Art and storytelling go hand in hand as we discover how the art on display tells stories and engages our minds and bodies. Explore color theory and learn to make colors to express yourself.

Dino Motion
Discover how dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles moved through their environments as we combine science and imaginative play. Learn about trackways and what they can tell us about ancient animals.

Planets on Parade
Meet our favorite star and the planets in our solar system. Learn the order of the planets and how they orbit around the Sun, then design your own special planet!

Elementary & Middle School Workshops [2nd – 8th grade]
Our elementary workshops are for second through fifth graders, and uses scaffolding and inquiry-based learning. These workshops build on topics throughout the museum, allowing a fully comprehensive visit for your group. We offer three elementary workshops focusing on seasons, archaeology, and paleontology.

Our late elementary and middle school workshops are for fourth through eight graders, builds on topics covered in previous workshops and throughout the museum, and introduces more complex concepts to develop critical thinking skills. We offer three middle school workshops that focus on paleontology, engineering, and climate change.

Lenape Culture [2 – 5 grade]
Explore Lenape cultural adaptation through the examination of ceramics from the Woodland Period to modern native artistic expressions. Students will practice archaeology in teams to create a pottery model for study. Each student will analyze data from a sherd to develop an artifact record.

Shifting Seasons [2 – 5 grade]
What’s the weather going to be like tomorrow? What about in six months? Join us to learn about the reason for the seasons and how we predict the weather.

Junior Paleontologist [2 – 8 grade]
Do you have what it takes to be a paleontologist? Explore the history of life on Earth through games and examine real fossils – some hundreds of millions of years old – by using the same skills that paleontologists have.

Hearth & Home [4 – 8 grade]
Looking to the Lenape for inspiration, student teams construct home models designed to combat the climate challenges of North American ecosystems.

Changing Coastlines [6 - 8 grade]
Using scientific data, explore how New Jersey coasts have changed throughout time and how they’re still changing today. Learn about the impacts of sea level rise and consider possible solutions for the future.

The New Jersey State Museum not only collects and preserves the story of New Jersey, we also actively participate in science every day!

Visit the Paleo Lab to take a peek at our latest fossil discoveries! Follow the progress of our scientists and volunteers, preparing fossil specimens from sites in New Jersey, Wyoming and Montana. We invite you to ask questions and observe their work. Open to the public every day, no reservation needed.

Scientist-led talks are 45 minutes with a Q&A session. Ask the Experts Live Science Talks are offered Tuesday-Friday. These talks are appropriate for students in grades 3-12. In person Ask the Experts talks can accommodate groups of up to 150 students. Minimum group size is 15.

Virtual options available - Zoom our expert into YOUR classroom! For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions.

Reservations and Information: Email reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov

Cost: $5 per student.

Fossil Exploration [K – 2/3 grades]
Learn about the fossils of New Jersey with Paleontologist Dr. Devra Hock-Reid and get a chance to interact with some real fossils.

Fossil Hunters of NJ [3 – 8 grades]
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 the challenges paleontologists face in this adventurous field.

Our Place in Space [3 – 8 grades]
We’re all passengers on spaceship Earth! Learn about our place in the universe from astronomer Dr. Jacob Hamer, who will share how astronomers have discovered so much about planets, stars, galaxies, and more.

People of the Past [3 – 8 grades]
How do artifacts help archaeologists understand the lives of people in prehistoric and historic New Jersey? Archaeologist Dr. Gregory Lattanzi leads this exploration of the unique artifacts found here, and what they tell us about the lifestyle of people who lived in the state through time.

Career Talks: Paleontology [6 – 8 grades; high school]
What does it mean to be a paleontologist? Talk with Paleontologist Dr. Devra Hock-Reid about her path in paleontology and career options within the Earth Sciences and science education

Career Talks: Astronomy/Physics [6 – 8 grades; high school]
What do astronomers do when the stars aren’t out? Talk with Astrophysicist Dr. Jacob Hamer about what a day in the life of an astronomer looks like, and the path to careers in astronomy

The New Jersey State Museum offers students 4 floors of exhibits exploring the Natural and Cultural history of the State, Archaeology and the Lenape people and a remarkable Fine Art collection. Each long-term exhibit gallery offers printed guides for both pre-K and older students to explore on their own.

Groups may also choose to reserve a guided tour of a specific gallery, led by our expert docent corp. Groups larger than 30 students may be split into multiple tours. Minimum group size is 15 students. Cost: FREE, advanced reservations required.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Planetarium - Educational

Our Planetarium features a fully upgraded 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. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled show time.

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

**Spanish version available, please indicate interest when making reservation.

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.

When a reservation is complete groups will receive a confirmation and an invoice. Payment is due two weeks before arrival. Groups can update total attendance numbers at the two week deadline before final payment. If payment is not received within that two week period the New Jersey State Museum reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

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

Reservations and Information: Email Reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov

Please Note: 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

The following shows have been suggested by our Planetarium staff, keeping NJ curriculum standards in mind, ordered for our youngest students at the top to our oldest students at the bottom.

Worlds Beyond Earth

Grades 4-12. (Run Time 23:00)

Narrated by Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o, Worlds Beyond Earth tells the story of the surprisingly dynamic worlds that orbit our Sun. Based on authentic scientific data from groundbreaking space missions, Worlds Beyond Earth takes viewers on an exhilarating adventure through our cosmic neighborhood. Immersive visualizations showcase the solar system with unprecedented accuracy, including a landing on the cratered surface of our own Moon, a dramatic flight through the swirling rings of Saturn, and soaring encounters with distant worlds of active volcanoes and buried oceans. Featuring breathtaking visuals and cutting-edge science, Worlds Beyond Earth is a dazzling celebration of the Age of Exploration and the unique conditions that make life on Earth possible.

 

The Moon

The Moon

The Moon teaches young children about the Earth and the Moon, and how observations can help us better understand the world around us.

 

One World, One Sky/ Un Mundo, Un Cielo **

Grades: PreK-2 (Run Time: 26:58)

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon, and stars. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth. They even pick the North Star as their friendship star to always remind them of their shared joy of looking up at the sky together.

 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Grades: 1-4 (Run Time: 32:28)

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! Learn about what it is like to live in space as well as where we are going in the future.

 

Astronaut

Astronaut/Astronauta **

Grades: 3-6 (Run Time: 23:00)

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.

 

Earth, Moon & Sun

Grades: 3-6 (Run Time: 28:33)

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character Coyote (adapted from Native American oral traditions). Examine how the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, with a look the Moon's orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. Young children and audiences of all ages will appreciate learning the science behind the myths.

 

STARS

Grades: 4-8 (Run Time: 26:00)

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. Through every phase of their existence, stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the farthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of STARS. Suitable for general audiences..

 

Season of Light

Season of Light – Seasonal Special!

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 35:14)

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 through the program that help relate different holiday traditions and astronomy to the lives of students, families and the general public.

 

Tales of Mayan Skies/Cuentos de Cielos Mayas **

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 34:02)

Tales of the Maya Skies immerses viewers in the wonders of Maya science, cosmology and myth, as we are taken back in time to the jungles of Mexico and to the cities and temples of the ancient Maya. The beautifully illustrated story reveals how the Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements, and through this knowledge make sense of the world around them.

 

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 24:03)

Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400 year old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth!

 

To Space and Back

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 25:10)

Join us as we take audiences on 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 devices and applications (apps) we use every day. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world in this new fully immersive show.

 

Dynamic Earth/La Tierra Dinámica **

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 24:14)

Dynamic Earth is an ultra-high resolution full-dome production, narrated by actor Liam Neeson. The show explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

 

EXO: Are We Alone?

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 33:15)

Humankind has always sought to understand the mysteries of the Universe and speculated about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Today we know of thousands of exoplanets — planets located outside our Solar System — that offer valuable information about our own planet, its origins and life on Earth. We’re on the cusp of making some fascinating discoveries. But how will they change our lives? Suitable for all audiences.

 

Touch the Stars/Tocar las Estrellas(ALL NEW in 8K Resolution!) **

Grades: 4-12 (Run Time: 38:00)

“Touch the Stars” dramatically showcases the robotic spacecraft used in the exploration of our solar system and the galaxy beyond. The film traces the path to space through the history of NASA’s probes, orbiters, and landers—from the heart of our solar system and the surface of its planets and moons to the grand tour of the Voyager spacecraft through the outer planets and beyond. Created with the cooperation of NASA and Lockheed Martin, and using the latest high definition imagery and scientific data, fulldome show “Touch the Stars” engages audiences through the use of real footage and 3-dimensional vistas, transporting us to planets and distant stars alongside these heroic robot explorers for an unforgettable voyage.

 

Áróra

Áróra is an immersive full-dome show that transports audiences to Iceland to learn the story of the aurora, the northern and southern lights. Voyage through time and space to find out how auroras are caused by the Sun, how Earth’s auroras have siblings across the solar system, and how different cultures have explained this majestic and mysterious phenomenon.

 

Before You Visit

Please carefully look over the information below before submitting your online reservation request form.  

Reservations are required for all programs and must be made at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To reserve group programs, email reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov. Many programs have minimum group sizes for participation; see specific program details for group size requirements.

The Museum requests 1 chaperone per 10 students, to be included in your group count. Chaperones are require to have paid seats in the Planetarium.

All completed reservations will receive a confirmation and an invoice. If you did not receive these forms please follow up to make sure the reservation was completed. Confirmations contain important information for your visit including bus parking and Museum rules. Please distribute this information to all chaperones and bus drivers.

If you must cancel your field trip, please email reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov as soon as possible. No refunds will be made if payment has already been processed. However, we will work with you to reschedule your visit, apply payment to a virtual program or receive credit to be used the following school year.

Please Note: 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.

The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for your visit, please contact Devra Hock-Reid at (609) 292-5420.

All lunches must be brought – there is no food available to purchase at the Museum.

Lunch bins are available at the main entrance or Planetarium lobby for your group to store lunches and backpacks during your visit. Food and drink, including water bottles, are not permitted in the gallery spaces.

Groups may reserve space in the lunch room at 225 West State Street. For lunch room reservations, please ask about current details when making your reservation.

Weather permitting, outdoor eating space is available. Picnic tables at the Museum entrance are available on a first come first serve basis. Lawn space is available in front of the Museum, near the Planetarium, or in Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library. If you plan to picnic outdoors, please bring blankets for seating and clean up all trash.

Group Payments are required 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. Groups must pay in one transaction, we do not accept deposits or individual payments. Groups providing a PO within the 2 week deadline will be able to pay in full directly after the field trip date. We accept checks made out to Treasurer, State of New Jersey and mailed to PO Box 530, Trenton NJ 08625 or credit card payment over the phone. We cannot accept credit card payments in person the day of the trip.

Payments MUST be made in full 2 weeks prior to your program date. The Museum reserves the right to cancel non-paid reservations within this 2 week window.

Final head counts, including teachers and chaperones, must be confirmed with the Museum no later than 2 weeks prior to the visit. Refunds will not be issued for decreased attendance; persons added on the day of programs may not be accommodated.

Buses must drop off and pick up in front of the Museum on West State Street.

Your day will start 10-15 minutes before your first program with our Museum Welcome. We will go over Museum guidelines for your group and give you time to check in, drop off lunches and bags in the available bins at the main entrance, and use the restroom. Your confirmation will show the time of arrival and location of the Welcome.

Please have students organized into groups with chaperones prior to your visit. Your leader should have an accurate count of teachers, students and chaperones, and will be asked to check in at the Information Desk at the main entrance.

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups; however, if a conflict with other programs or groups arises, the Museum reserves the right to adjust, change, shorten or cancel the scheduled program. No refunds will be issued for programs missed due to late arrival.

Groups coming from the New Jersey State House tours should allow extra travel time between the Museum and the State House entrance due to ongoing renovations.

Please give a copy of the Bus Map to your driver(s) so they know where to drop off, park and pick up your group.

Buses must park in the lot at the corner of Perry Street and Route 1 (about 1 mile from the Museum).

Metered street parking for cars is available on weekdays, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Limited visitor parking is also available in the State House Parking Garage next door to the Museum with entrances on West State Street.

If your group is coming in separate vehicles, please plan a meeting spot; we suggest the Information desk at the main entrance, or in the Planetarium lobby.

The New Jersey State Museum is dedicated to creating a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience for all our visitors while protecting our exhibits to ensure everyone can appreciate them. Our Museum staff are committed to doing everything we can so visitors feel safe, welcome, and respected, and we ask that all visitors contribute to that goal by following the Museum guidelines.

Respect Museum staff, volunteers and other visitors. Behavior or language that is inappropriate, abusive, harassing, or threatening will not be tolerated.
There is no running, climbing, sitting or standing on any railings, barricades, or exhibits. Please refrain from shouting, screaming, raised voices or any kind of disruptive behavior.

No flash photography allowed in the Museum. Pictures without flash may be taken for personal, noncommercial use. Please try and refrain from taking photographs of visitors who are not with your group. Tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted.

While the Museum includes both hands-on and hands-off areas, all hands-on sections are clearly marked. Assume a hands-off/eyes-only policy when no sign is present.

Food and drink are not allowed in Museum galleries. Picnic tables outside are available for use.

Backpacks are not allowed in the galleries. Students should leave their backpacks on the bus, or deposit them in bins provided at the Planetarium or at the Main Entrance.

Chaperones are responsible for the appropriate behavior of all students in their group. We request 1 chaperone per 10 students, and for our youngest visitors (ages 6 and younger), we request 1 chaperone per 5 students. Chaperones are required to remain with students at all times.

The Discovery Den on the second floor is reserved for families and young children, please keep school groups out of that area.

By visiting the Museum, you are agreeing to comply with Museum guidelines and are responsible for any group you visit with. Refusal to follow this Code of Conduct and any rules - whether on print materials or as directed by NJ State Museum staff - can result in removal from the Museum.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Virtual Field Trips

Bring the Museum to you! Choose from Virtual Field Trip Kits or Ask the Experts virtual science talks. This option is great for cutting travel costs in field trip planning or can also be used as a pre or post visit activity. 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-4th grade or
  • “Dinosaurs and Deception” A paleontology feud of epic proportions for grades 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.

New and Improved! Sculpture art project – a classroom kit with a variety of supplies for your students to choose which kind of sculpture they will create. Will it be kinetic? Nature inspired? Use recyclable materials? Students build on knowledge gained from the pre-recorded tour to create their own masterpiece.
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-4th grade or
  • “A Resilient People” Lenape cultural changes in the face of colonization and hardship for grades 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 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: $5 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 found here, and what they tell us about the lifestyle of New Jersey’s first people.

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.

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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