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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

Public Notice

The Planetarium continues to experience technical issues; however, shows will be presented this weekend.
Due to these issues, Planetarium show tickets are discounted to $3/person, Free/Museum members (with ID). Thanks for your understanding.


Events At The Museum

Upcoming Events

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

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 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.

Registration Form

Upcoming Program Themes

February - Freedom Rings
March - Wonder Women
April - Feathered Friends
May - Dinosaurs!
June - How do our Gardens Grow?

The New Jersey State Museum is a proud participating site for New Jersey Makers Day!

NJ Makers Day

March 21, 2020
10 am - 3 pm

Meet the Makers! At 2 pm, experts Allen Linkchorst and Bill Ethington delve into the history and craft of carving wooden duck decoys, and how makers in New Jersey’s coastal and river towns shaped the artistry and style of these hunting tools.

Try the Tools! Projects for adults and children alike. Try out our Cricut cutter to create a swooping bird mobile sculpture, reimagine recycled materials or stitch a sweet trinket. We’ll have projects to suit everyone’s inner Maker!

Get Inspired! Join our guides for fascinating stories of New Jersey’s makers throughout the Museum. From a clock mechanism engineered by Peter Hill, the first African American clockmaker, to artist Wanda Gag’s languid kitten, you’ll find New Jersey makers making waves!

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

April 4, 2020
9 am - 4:45 pm

Let your curiosity lead you to the State Museum for FREE Planetarium shows all day! This year we celebrate Earth Optimism and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Explore two exhibitions that celebrate nature – “Preserving the Pinelands” and “Fine Feathered Friends.” Plus - enjoy FREE Planetarium shows all day - programs at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. Starting Feb 27th, download your FREE ticket from the Smithsonian Museum Day website
Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission for TWO people.

Trenton’s Majolica Mania

Trenton’s Majolica Mania

Saturday, April 4, 2020
1:30 pm
New Jersey State Museum Auditorium

The Potteries of Trenton Society is pleased to partner with the New Jersey State Museum to present our annual lecture. Dr. Laura Microulis, Research Curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, will discuss Trenton’s Majolica Mania at the meeting to be held Saturday, April 4, beginning at 1:30 PM in the Auditorium of the New Jersey State Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking is available in the lot behind the State Archives next to the Auditorium. For more information, visit:

Live Theater at New Jersey State Museum!

Join us on select dates and experience live theater in our Auditorium. Performances are guaranteed to amaze and inspire!

Admission is $5 per person; payment is cash only at the door.

Groups of 15 or more must reserve seats in advance to receive the Group rate of $3 per person. Call 609-292-1382 or email to make your Group reservation. Payments for Groups must be made in advance by check, cash or credit card.

Spring Break Show – April 16, 12:30 pm Mad Science: Up, Up and Away
Summer Show – June 25, 11:15 am Mad Science: Fire and Ice
Summer Show – July 9, 11:15 am Academy of Natural Sciences: Fur, Feathers and Scales

Scout Days

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.

In 2020, Astronomy & Geology sessions will be held on Saturday, May 2 and Archaeology & Astronomy on Saturday, October 17. See Registration Form for details. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Cash payments cannot be accepted.

For more information, please call (609) 292-8594 or (609) 984-3846, weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Registration Form

Take a photo with local live bird celebrities

Fine Feathered Friends

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.




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