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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary

New Jersey State Museum Update

Due to the current public health emergency, the New Jersey State Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. All special events have been cancelled through April 30. If possible, they will be rescheduled for a later date.

For any specific inquiries, please visit or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.


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

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

POSTPONED - Art Making Day

Art Making Day

March 14, 2020
12 - 4 pm
Imagination Studio

As a participating site for ArtWorks Trenton’s Art Making Day, We’ll be merging Fine Art and Natural History into paleo art. Bring your powers of observation and imagination to depict a prehistoric creature featured in Written in the Rocks!

POSTPONED - 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!

POSTPONED - Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

April 4, 2020
9 am - 4:45 pm

Celebrate the day with FREE Planetarium shows and a healthy dose of Earth Optimism!

Join photographer Albert Horner, artist behind our “Preserving the Pinelands” exhibit, to explore conservation efforts in New Jersey’s own environmental treasure, the Pinelands National Reserve. Talk begins at 1 pm, followed by a book signing.

Plus - FREE Planetarium shows all day!
To get free admission, guests must present an official Museum Day ticket.
Download your FREE ticket from the Smithsonian Museum Day website
Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission for TWO people.

Planetarium show times are 12, 1, 2 and 3pm; see the Calendar for show schedule.

POSTPONED -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:

POSTPONED - Bird Bonanza!

Bird Bonanza!

Saturday, April 18, 2020
10 am - 3 pm

Come share your love of New Jersey’s favorite feathered friends!

  • Fla-mingle with bird experts from the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, Tupelhaking Nature Center, Mercer County Wildlife Rescue and more!
  • Practice your skills as a fledgling citizen scientist and birdwatcher! Create your own guide to common New Jersey birds, and join us on the promenade to observe our feathered friends on the Delaware River.
  • Explore the lives of birds through egg-citing games, art projects, and our latest exhibit, “Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse.”

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.

POSTPONED - 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

Summer Maker Space

Maker Space Logo

Every Wednesday, June 24 to August 19

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us each week for this free, hands-on workshop. Each week is a different make-and-take project and a chance to flex your creative muscles! For ages 5 – 95.

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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