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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.


Public Programs

Small Explorers Guides

Small Explorers Guides

Available in the Visitor Lobby, Discovery Den and some gallery spaces, Small Explorers Museum Family Guides are designed with children ages 0-5 in mind. Each page highlights an object in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Families are welcome to take these guides home, they also includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month the program explores 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

November Lenape Legends
December Solstice Lights
January Toolmakers
February Freedom Rings
March Wonder Women
April Feathered Friends
May Dinosaurs!
June How do our Gardens Grow?

Discovery Den

Discovery Den

Visit our natural sciences play space, designed just for families with children ages 0-8. Explore nature in New Jersey through touchable specimens, games, books, puppets, costumes and more! Adult supervision in this self-guided space is required.

Scout Days

Scouting Astronomy / Scouting Geology

The New Jersey State Museum will offer Scouting Astronomy & Geology on Saturday, May 11, 2019 and Scouting Archaeology & Astronomy on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

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.

Space is limited and advance reservations are 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.

Reservation Form

Adult Programs

Tour Group

The New Jersey State Museum regularly schedules artist talks, curator led tours and gallery opening receptions. To keep up to date with these activities sign up for our newsletter.

Become a member of the Foundation to get invitations to afterhours events and day trips. To learn more visit the Foundation page.

Have fun at one of our public events throughout the year where visitors of all ages see live theater, try their hand at art making or just play! To see the current calendar of events go to the Program Calendar page.

If you would like to visit the Museum with a group and see a Planetarium show or get a guided tour you are welcome to make a reservation for groups of 15 or more and receive a discounted rate for show s. For more information or to make a reservation call
609-292-1382 or email


Page Last Updated: 10/29/19



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