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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 nj.gov/health or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Art Making Day
March 14 2020

POSTPONED - Art Making Day

12 – 4 pm

FREE art activities in conjunction with Artworks Trenton

Dinosaurs at Dusk
March 14/15 2020

POSTPONED -Planetarium Shows

Small Explorers Series
March 20 2020

POSTPONED - Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Wonder Women

Small Explorers Series
March 21 2020

POSTPONED - Small Explorers Series

10 am & 12 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Wonder Women

NJ Makers Day
March 21 2020

POSTPONED - NJ Makers Day

10 am – 3 pm

The New Jersey State Museum is a proud participating site for New Jersey Makers Day, featuring a special “Meet the Makers” at 2 pm to learn the history and craft of carving wooden duck decoys.

Wildest Weather in the Solar System
March 21/22 2020

POSTPONED -Planetarium Shows

Stars
March 28/29 2020

POSTPONED -Planetarium Shows

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
April 4 2020

POSTPONED - Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

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.

Trenton’s Majolica Mania
April 4 2020

POSTPONED -Trenton’s Majolica Mania

1:30 pm

New Jersey State Museum Auditorium

The Little Star That Could
April 4/5 2020

Cancelled - Planetarium Shows

Dinosaurs at Dusk
April 11 2020

Cancelled - Planetarium Shows

Dark Universe
April 14 - 17 2020

Cancelled - Weekday Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  One World, One Sky
11:30 am  Dinosaurs at Dusk
1:30 pm  Dark Universe

Mad Science
April 16 2020

POSTPONED - Mad Science: Up, Up and Away

12:30 pm

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!

Public Admission: $5 per person, payment is cash only at the door.

Small Explorers Series
April 17 2020

POSTPONED - Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Feathered Friends

Small Explorers Series
April 18 2020

POSTPONED - Small Explorers Series

10 am & 12 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Feathered Friends

Bird Bonanza!
April 18 2020

POSTPONED - Bird Bonanza!

10 am - 3 pm

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

Wildest Weather in the Solar System
April 18/19 2020

Cancelled - Planetarium Shows

Stars
April 25/26 2020

Cancelled - Planetarium Shows

Stars
May 2/3 2020

Planetarium Shows

One World, One Sky
May 9/10 2020

Planetarium Shows

Wildest Weather
May 16/17 2020

Planetarium Shows

Stars
May 23/24 2020

Planetarium Shows

Tales of the Maya Skies
May 30/31 2020

Planetarium Shows

Stars
June 6/7 2020

Planetarium Shows

One World, One Sky
June 13/14 2020

Planetarium Shows

Wildest Weather
June 20/21 2020

Planetarium Shows

Maker Space Logo
June 24 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Mad Science Logo
June 25 2020

Mad Science: Fire and Ice

11:15 am

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!

Public Admission: $5 per person, payment is cash only at the door.

Tales of the Maya Skies
June 27/28 2020

Planetarium Shows

Maker Space Logo
July 1 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

One World, One Sky
July 5 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Laser Rock
July 7 - 10 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
July 8 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Academy of Natural Sciences
July 9 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences: Fur, Feathers and Scales

11:15 am

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.

Public Admission: $5 per person, payment is cash only at the door.

Tales of the Maya Skies
July 11/12 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Dark Universe
July 14 - 17 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
July 15 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Fine Feathered Friends
July 18 2020

Famous Feathered Friends

1 - 3 pm

 

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.

Laser Rock
July 18/19 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Stars
July 21 - 24 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
July 22 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Dark Universe
July 25/26 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Stars
July 28 - 31 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
July 29 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

One World, One Sky
August 1/2 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Laser Rock
August 4 - 7 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
August 5 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Tales of the Maya Skies
August 8/9 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Dark Universe
August 11 - 14 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
August 12 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Laser Rock
August 15/16 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Stars
August 18 - 21 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Maker Space Logo
August 19 2020

Summer Maker Space

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.

Dark Universe
August 22/23 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Stars
August 25 - 28 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

One World, One Sky
August 29/30 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

Laser Rock
September 1 - 4 2020

Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  EXO: Are We Alone?
11:30 am  Laser Rock
1:30 pm  Destination Mars

Tales of the Maya Skies
September 5/6 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Tales of the Maya Skies
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Rock
3:00 pm  Destination Mars

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 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.

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: www.potteriesoftrentonsociety.org

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 NJSM.Reservations@sos.nj.gov 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.

Event Rentals

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:

First Floor West Gallery
Riverview Court

This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.

Auditorium
Auditorium

The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.

Additional rental spaces

 

 

 


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