Preparing for your trip!
What are the Costs?
At the New Jersey State Museum, admission is always free for school groups. Planetarium shows, live theater and enrichment experiences all have a small fee.
Do you have any field trip grants available?
Through the support of the Friends of the New Jersey State Museum, we are pleased to offer a bus stipend to schools with a 40% or higher participation in a free lunch program. For an application or additional information, please call or email Terri Barlow at
(609) 292-1382 or Warterry.email@example.com. We also offer our live theater shows and enrichment experiences free to all Trenton Head Start and Trenton Public Schools.
How do I pay for my field trip?
If you are booking one of our fee-based programs, you will need to make a reservation at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To make a reservation for a fee-based program contact Jerald Morris by phone or email at (609) 292-6347 or Jerald.firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment is due at the time of the reservation. Payment methods may include: checks, confirmed purchase orders, Visa or MasterCard. Make Checks Payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey.
- Groups may "walk-in" and purchase tickets on the day of an event at non-discounted prices; seating is based on availability.
- If groups bring fewer people than the amount pre-paid for, no refund will be issued.
- If groups bring more people than the amount pre-paid for, additional tickets will be sold at non-discounted prices and based on availability.
- Credits and refunds must be requested in writing.
How long does it take to go through the Museum?
We have many core and changing exhibits throughout all 4 levels of the main building and the theater space. Depending on the interest level of your group, you could spend as little as an hour or as much as a day exploring all of the galleries. Be sure to download a Museum map, scavenger hunt and other gallery activities from our website. Planetarium shows generally run about 45 minutes. To add a free tour of the exhibits to your schedule for the day contact Melissa Kelly at (609) 292-6310 or Melissa.email@example.com
Is there a space for lunch?
School groups may choose to eat lunch right next door to the Museum at the Department of State brown bag lunchroom on a first come, first served basis by reservation. Lunch reservations are made by calling the State House Tour Office at (609) 847-3150 . Limited seating may be available in the Riverside Court at the Museum, small groups may ask about reserving for lunch when they make a program reservation. On a nice day, outside space is available in front or back of the Museum. Be sure to bring blankets if you are planning to picnic. Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library also makes a wonderful picnic setting in view of the Delaware River, the Golden Dome of the State House, and a spectacular fountain. Remember to leave the area as you found it by bringing several heavy-duty trash bags!
Is the Museum accessible?
Yes. The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for a Museum visit, please contact Melissa Kelly at (609) 292-6310.
Where is the Museum located?
The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton within walking distance of the State House and the Old Barracks Museum.
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625
Main Museum Building and Auditorium Galleries
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 4:45pm
Where can we park?
Bus parking is available on weekdays at the Perry Street Parking Lot (about 4 blocks from West State Street). On weekdays, metered street parking for cars is available, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Parking is limited in the State House Parking Garage. On weekends, free parking is available in the lot behind and adjacent to the Museum.
- Prepare your bus driver and chaperones with trip information including directions, parking, schedule and lunch instructions
- Prepare your students for the trip by creating a pre-visit lesson. Learn about the Museum in advance and talk with students about what you will see, how they should behave and what the learning objectives are.
- Basic Museum rules of behavior include no running, no shouting or raised voices and no flash photography.
- If you need a place to deposit lunches while you experience the Museum, there are bins available in the Planetarium Lobby.
- Backpacks are not permitted in the galleries, please tell your students to leave them on the bus or deposit them in the bin with your lunches
- Organize lunch in advance by reserving the State Department lunch room or planning to picnic on the Museum grounds. Be sure to explain the lunch plan to students in advance.
- To help you prepare for your visit, exhibit related lessons, gallery activity sheets and scavenger hunts are available for download from the Museum’s website, statemuseum.nj.gov
NJSM Chaperone Policy:
- The Museum suggests 1 Chaperone per 10 students.
- Chaperones are required to remain engaged with their students at all times.
- Chaperones are responsible for appropriate behavior of all students in their group. Students must refrain from talking loudly, running and taking flash photography.
- Plan ahead and gather any important information including directions, parking, lunch plans and itinerary for the day.
- Know how many kids are in your group and their names.
- Provide students with information about where they are going and what they are doing.
- Make sure you know the teacher’s learning objectives and goals for the day.
- Who, What, When, Where and Why questions work best to get your students thinking about what they are seeing in the exhibits.