Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us
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Planetarium Public Schedule



Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon. The visor in
his helmet shows a reflection of Astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), taking this picture as well as one footpad of the Lunar
Module Eagle and the United States flag
planted next to it.

Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium in New Jersey, it seats 150 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport an audience to any astronomical destination.

Now featuring state-of-the-art Full DomeVideo, visitors will feel the sensation of zooming through the Solar System and beyond. This cutting-edge digital technology immerses audiences within images covering the entire 360 degree inner dome.

The Planetarium offers something for everyone; with both traditional sky and laser programs, it is the only planetarium of its kind in New Jersey. Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

General Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under)
Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps and birthday parties welcome. Friends of the NJSM receive $2 off per ticket up to a maximum of four. For additional information, call (609) 292-6464.

PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break there are special weekday shows offered to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

Printable Coupon: $1 off all Public Planetarium shows!

October 4 through November 2, 2014
Saturday and Sunday
12:00 pm - The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Two adventurous youngsters blast off into space in a homemade cardboard rocket for an amazing voyage of discovery through the solar system. This entertaining program introduces students to basic facts about the sun, earth and other planets of the solar system.
Suitable for families with young children preschool and up.
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1:00 pm - Stars
Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and the destructive power of STARS.
Suitable for general audiences.
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2:00 pm - Back to the Moon
Take your mark… get set… go back to the moon! The race continues forty years after the historic Apollo landings. Learn about the history of lunar exploration, understand the importance of the Moon’s resources, and discover the possibilities of humanity’s future on the Moon. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
Suitable for general audiences.
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3:00 pm - Laser Fright Light
NJSM is horrified to present Laser Fright Light! This terrifying laser experience will send chills up your spine as you witness prowling vampires and haunting demons. Dazzling lights jump out from the darkness in fun renditions of seasonal music such as Purple People Eater and Feed my Frankenstein. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season… if you dare! Recommended for ages 7 and up with adult. Please note: Some songs may contain lyrics or images considered scary by young visitors.

Shows and times are subject to change.