This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Children see an incredible exothermic reaction take place and even get the chance to watch a hovercraft in action!
This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments. The event includes foggy dry ice storms and mind boggling vanishing paper. Kids are amazed by sizzling, shivering scissors and special bubbly showers!
Why do animals have fur, feathers, or scales? Learn about the importance of animal coverings, and investigate adaptations while discovering some of the basic differences between mammals, birds, and reptiles. Be sure to visit the exhibit Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse before or after the show.
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 exhibit. FREE; for all ages.
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.
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.
January - Toolmakers
February - Freedom Rings
March - Wonder Women
April - Feathered Friends
May - Dinosaurs!
June - How do our Gardens Grow?
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.
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 NJSM.Reservations@sos.nj.gov 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
The New Jersey State Museum is a wonderful setting for your special event with changing exhibits that can provide a unique backdrop for any occasion. The Museum is ideally located in the State Capital Complex in Trenton, and offers a one-of-a-kind venue with incredible architecture and beautiful views of the Delaware River. For rates and availability, please view our rental information or email Rentals.NJSM@sos.nj.gov.
Available Rental spaces:
This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.
The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.