Governor Chris Christie • Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
NJ Home | Services A to Z | Departments/Agencies | FAQs
Contact the NJ State Museum
New Jersey Department of State
205 W. State Street
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)


The New Jersy State Museum Live Theatre Program -
Located in the NJSM Auditorium

Amazing! Fun! Educational!

The Museum has partnered with Mad Science, Encore, The Philadelphia Zoo and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to present live theatrical performances covering a variety of topics from science to history to art within the scope of STEM(+A) education.

Each performance can be linked to core curriculum content standards and compliments a visit to the Museum's exhibitions and collections. Many performances combine multiple subject areas in a program that supports 21st Century skills in critical thinking, communication and creativity.

All shows are just $3 per person. Trenton Public Schools and Trenton Head Start are FREE. Advance registration is required. For reservations call (609) 292-6347. Be sure to ask how to add tours, workshops and planetarium shows to your field trip schedule for an entire day of educational exploration.

The Science of Magic - Encore Performing Arts
April 2, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades K-8
The secrets of magic are scientifically revealed. Using magnetism, light, air, condensation, optical illusions and mental confusion audience members can learn to do magic!
Up, Up and Away with Mad Science
April 9, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades K-6
This 45-minute presentation will capture the audiences' interest and show how exciting science can be. Included in the show are a variety of eye-popping demonstrations and experiments.

There will be plenty of opportunity for hands-on audience participation in this event. Some of the topics and demonstrations include the three states of matter, air pressure (using the Madgeburg Sphere), a Hot Air Balloon, the Mad Science Hovercraft, a giant size vortex generator and finally the Big Sneeze demonstration. This show is very visually exciting, has lots of audience participation.
The Gizmo Guys: Objects in Motion – Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania
April 30, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades K-6
Combine world-class juggling skills, solid links to science and math – mix it with lots of comedy and you have The Gizmo Guys. With unbelievable teamwork and cooperation, this duo, which has been performing in schools for over 20 years, will amaze the audience with their mastery of patterns, gravity, symmetry and fun!
Jack and the Beanstalk, Crabgrass Puppet Theater – Encore Performing Arts
May 7, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades Preschool-5
Crabgrass Puppet Theater’s hilarious retelling of the tallest of tales is full of fun and loaded with laughs. This innovative and exciting solo performance is a feast of visuals and sound, with a stunning stage, big and beautiful puppets, a rhythm-spouting giant, a marvelous growing beanstalk, and a delightful musical score.
Wacky Science with Mad Science
May 14, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades K-6
This 45-minute special event features several different aspects of science. The audience will learn what a polymer is and will get to watch a brave volunteer make a giant batch of Slime with their bare hands!

They will also be amazed as the Mad Scientist uses science to melt the 'Wicked Witch of the West' right before their eyes. Next, the children will learn about static electricity from demonstrations with a Van de Graaff generator. One of the children will even get to touch the Van de Graaff for a 'hair raising' experience. We round off the event with our exciting Dry Ice demonstrations.
Math + Magic = Fun – Encore Performing Arts
May 21, 11:30 am
$3 per person
Recommended for students in grades K-6
Presented by the Super Scientific Circus, this fast paced visual and magical show is designed specifically for grades K-3 with the purpose of creating excitement for Mathematics. The performance explores curriculum specific mathematical principles; counting forward and backward, counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, addition and subtraction, the use of doubles, and the clock to assist in understanding fractions.

Magic, music, circus skills, comedy and audience participation keep students focused and excited about math while clarifying the basic concepts which are the building blocks for the rest of their mathemagical lives! The New Jersey State Museum s committed to supporting math and science in the classroom. Math Literacy is the cornerstone for all scientific study including Astronomy, Natural Science and Archaeology.