Due to the current public health emergency, the New Jersey State Museum is closed to the public until further notice. Previously scheduled special events will be rescheduled if possible.
For any specific inquiries, please visit nj.gov/health or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Due to the current health situation, Small Explorers is postponed. Until the Museum can host visitors again, please enjoy the Small Explorer videos found here
The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month we explore a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. It’s held the third weekend of each month, on Friday at 2:00 pm, and Saturday at 10:00 am & 12:00 noon in the Discovery Den. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact Kerry.Scott@sos.nj.gov. 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.
Scouting Archaeology, Astronomy & Geology
During Scouting Geology and Archaeology sessions, you learn about the earth and the history of its human inhabitants from the Museum’s geologists, paleontologists, and archaeologists and find out what these professionals do. Museum staff will be on hand to guide you through the State Museum’s collection of specimens, tools and maps. Don’t forget to bring your own collections if required for your badge.
In Scouting Astronomy, you will explore the constellations and how to find them in different seasons, as well as learn to use the Big Dipper to pinpoint the North Star. You will also learn to read star maps and locate stars of different colors.
Participation will assist you in fulfilling many of the requirements for badges and other programs in Scouting.
Due to the current health situation, the October 17 program may be held virtually. Registration will still be required; please continue to check back to this page for updated information and the registration form.
July 18, 2020
Fine Famous Feathered Friends: Take a photo with local live bird celebrities Noah the Bald Eagle of the Philadelphia Eagles and Stella the Great Horned Owl of Temple University at an event for sports fans and bird lovers alike! Talk one on one with their amazing handlers from the Elmwood Park Zoo, then stay for curator-led tours of the Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse exhibit. FREE; for all ages.