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.nj.gov
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Boy Checking out one of the Exhibits

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.

How do I pay for my field trip?

Reservations are required for all programs, free and fee-based. Please make your reservation at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To make a reservation contact Jeffrey Arico at (609) 292-1382 or NJSM.Reservations@sos.nj.gov. Payment is due when reservations are made. Payment methods may include: checks, confirmed purchase orders, Visa or MasterCard. Make checks payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Our mailing address is PO Box 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530.

  • Groups will receive a confirmation at the time of their booking followed by an invoice. We reserve the right to cancel groups that have not paid 2 weeks in advance. We will make every effort to contact groups before canceling.
  • Refunds will not be issued if groups bring fewer people than the number pre-paid for.
  • If groups bring more people than the amount pre-paid for, additional tickets will be sold based on space availability.

How long does it take to go through the New Jersey State Museum?

Your group could spend as little as an hour or as much as a day exploring all of the galleries. We advise teachers to make a plan connecting the Museum galleries and activities to classroom lessons to focus a visit.

You can learn more about what will be on view during your trip by visiting the Exhibitions section of our website. 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 guided tour to your schedule for the day, contact reservations at (609) 292-1382 or NJSM.Reservations@sos.nj.gov.

Is there a space for lunch?

School groups may reserve lunch space in the Museum’s Riverview Court on a first-come, first-served basis.  Lunch reservations must be made in advance, and we suggest that groups reserve lunch space when they are making their program reservations.  Contact the Museum’s Reservation Office at (609) 292-1382.

On a nice day, space is available outdoors 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 large, heavy-duty trash bags.

Hampers for lunches are available on the Museum’s First Floor.

Note:  We strongly suggest that backpacks be left back in the classroom or on the bus.  Packs may not be worn on the back as groups move through the Museum.

Is the New Jersey State Museum handicap accessible?

Yes. The New Jersey State Museum is physically accessible to all visitors.

Where is the New Jersey State 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.

Online map   Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Where can we park?

On weekdays, metered street parking for cars is available, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Bus parking is available on weekdays at the Perry Street Parking Lot (about 4 blocks from West State Street).

A limited amount of free car parking is available in the State House Parking Garage. On weekends, free parking is available in the lot behind the Museum.

Helpful Hints

School Group waiting to enter the NJ State Museum

Prepare your bus driver and chaperones with trip information including directions, parking, schedule and lunch instructions.

Remember that Planetarium shows start on time and may not be able to wait for your group. Please plan on arriving at least 10 minutes before your scheduled program.

Organize lunch in advance by reserving the space in the Museum’s Riverview Court or planning to picnic on the Museum grounds. Be sure to explain the lunch plan to students in advance.

Prepare your students for the trip by talking about what you will see, how they should behave and what the learning objectives are.

Have students create a story of their visit, using photos and video to capture their favorite things.

Ask students to choose an artifact or artwork and write an essay, poem or creative story about it.

Students can choose an artist, fossil or historical object to research on their own.

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.

New Jersey State Museum Rules

Food is not allowed in the State Museum. All food and drink must be placed in hampers upon arrival. Large hampers are located at the front entrance and Planetarium entrance to store student lunches and backpacks.

Backpacks are not permitted in the galleries; please tell your students to deposit them in the hampers.

Photography is allowed in most areas but no flash, tripods or selfie-sticks.

Students must use indoor voices and refrain from running in the State Museum.

No touching or writing on artwork, cases or walls in the State Museum.

Field Trip Planning Guide

Field Trip Planning Guide

Download the NEW 2016-2017 Field Trip Planning Guide to share with your school and plan your best field trip ever! Exhibits that tell the story of New jersey and beyond.

The state’s largest Planetarium, working Scientists and Expert Educators. A Paleo Research Lab. Live Theater. It’s all here!

Chaperone Guide

New Jersey State Museum Chaperone Policy:

The State 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.

Chaperone Tips:

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.