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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 is closed to the public until further notice. Previously scheduled special events will be rescheduled if possible.

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

Pretty Big Things

Visit The Museum

Group Visits

Admission & Reservations

General admission is FREE.

We welcome all kinds of clubs, social and specialty groups to the Museum for tours and Planetarium shows. If you are a school or camp group you will find program and reservation information in the Learn section of the website.

Reservations are required for guided tours (free) and planetarium shows ($5 per person), and must be made at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To reserve, call our reservationist at (609)292-1392 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov. Groups will receive a confirmation at the time of their booking followed by an invoice. Tours and shows have a minimum group requirement of 15 people.

The Museum does not at this time provide kid’s birthday party packages or private kid’s birthday party spaces. Your group may visit the Planetarium to celebrate, more information is in the Explore: Planetarium section.

The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for a Museum visit, please contact Megan Innes at 609-292-6310 or Kerry Scott at
609-984-8487.

Payment

Payments must be made in full 2 weeks prior to program date. The Museum reserves the right to cancel non-paid reservations within this 2 week window. Final head counts must be confirmed with the Museum no later than 2 weeks prior to the visit. Refunds will not be issued for decreased attendance; persons added on the day of programs may not be accommodated. We are happy to update your reservation and invoice if contacted before the 2 week payment deadline. Accepted payments include Visa, Master Card, American Express, confirmed purchase orders and checks. Please make checks payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Payments are non-refundable once they are processed.

Cancellation

If you must cancel your field trip, please call our reservationist at (609)292-1392 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov as soon as possible. No refunds will be made if payment has already been processed, but we are happy to help you reschedule.

Lunch

Groups may reserve lunch space in the Museum’s Riverview Court area on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch times should be scheduled when you book your day. Lunch bins are available at the main entrance or Planetarium lobby for your group to store lunches and backpacks during your visit. Weather permitting, outdoor eating space is available on the Museum’s front lawn, near the Planetarium, or in Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library.

Arrival

Buses must drop off in front of the Museum on West State Street. See below for parking options. Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your first activity. This will give your group time to check in, and drop off backpacks and lunches.

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups. However, if a conflict with other programs or groups arises, the Museum reserves the right to adjust, change, shorten or cancel the scheduled program. No refunds will be issued for programs missed due to late arrival.

Parking

Buses must park in the lot at the corner of Perry Street and Route 1 (about 1 mile from the Museum). See map. Metered street parking for cars is available on weekdays, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Limited visitor parking is also available in the State House Parking Garage next door to the Museum. If your group is coming in separate vehicles, please plan a meeting spot in advance; we suggest the Information desk at the main entrance or in the Planetarium lobby.

Museum Rules

We ask groups to help protect Museum objects and respect other visitors by following these rules:

  • No food or drinks are allowed in Museum galleries.
  • Photography is encouraged; use of flash, tripods or selfie-sticks is not permitted.
  • Use indoor voices and refrain from running in the Museum.
  • Backpacks and large bags must be placed in bins or carried on the chest.
  • No touching or writing on artwork, cases or walls in the museum.

 


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