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Department of State

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

New Virtual Program Autumn Evening Series

TRENTON, NJ - The New Jersey State Museum will present the Autumn Evenings Series, a new four-part program of live digital events starting October 8. Join museum educators and curators as they host a lively discussion about a different theme each week, create a signature cocktail, and end the evening with a round of trivia. The sessions are free, but participants must register so they can be sent the private Zoom link. Visit the New Jersey State Museum website Events page to register.

This season's dates and themes are:

  • Oct. 8th: Back to School with Museology 101
    Brush up on the life-cycle of an object in a museum with our State Museum experts! Learn all about preservation, conservation, exhibition and interpretation as we discuss the study of museums.
  • Oct. 22nd: Ghosts of NJ Past
    From fossils to artifacts, cemeteries to stories of our shared history - these tales from our past may haunt us if we don't listen closely.
  • Nov. 11th: Contested Debates
    Elections are critical to our democracy, but so are the debates that precede the votes! Hear about some of New Jersey's most heated debates from the museum's collections.
  • Nov. 19th: Feasts, Festivals and Commemorations
    Humanity's shared sense of ceremony and ritual have guided societies for ages. We’ll take a look at stories of American Thanksgiving, festivals celebrating our State's favorite fruits, and reasons why we chose to come together at certain times of year.
  • Each event takes place on a Thursday evening at 8 pm on Zoom. The events are free, but pre-registration is required. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Museum Foundation and directly support Museum programs & event. You can make a donation by visiting

    The New Jersey State Museum is currently closed due to the pandemic, however, staff continue working remotely to plan exhibitions and programs, answer research questions and provide identifications of archaeological and natural history specimens for the public. The Museum Shop, operated by the NJ State Museum Foundation, a non-government 501(c)3 organization which supports the Museum, is offering online shopping opportunities for those who miss visiting in person. The online Shop can be accessed from the Shop tab on the Museum website. In addition, work is taking place to ready the Museum for reopening, with reduced capacity, additional cleaning protocols, social distancing and face coverings required. For additional information, visit, like the Museum’s Facebook page (@NJStateMuseum), follow us on Twitter (njstatemuseum), or Instagram (nj_statemuseum).

    About the New Jersey State Museum
    Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over 2 million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History. As a center of cultural, educational and scientific engagement, the Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, exhibitions, programs and research in science, history and art. Established in 1895, the New Jersey State Museum fosters state pride, serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders, and engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context.

    About the New Jersey State Museum Foundation
    The New Jersey State Museum Foundation was founded in 1968 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to support the Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and marketing. In recent years, the Foundation has received generous support from the PNC Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, Department of State/New Jersey Historical Commission, Henry Luce Foundation, Capstone Foundation and Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Foundation also operates the Museum membership program, as well as the Museum Shop which sells merchandise related to the Museum's exhibitions and collections, and New Jersey history and culture. Proceeds support the New Jersey State Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs.


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