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)
Preparing for your trip!
Students Outside the Entrance to the NJ State Museum
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?
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 Jeffrey Arico at (609) 292-1382. 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.

  • 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?
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 Melissa Kelly at (609) 292-6310 or
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
Yes. The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs.
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

Museum Hours:
Main Museum Building and Auditorium Galleries
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am to 4:45 pm
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.
Boy Checking out one of the Exhibits
  • Prepare your bus driver and chaperones with trip information including directions, parking, and 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.
  • The Museum includes both hands-on and hands-off areas. All hands-on sections are clearly marked. Assume a hands-off and eyes-only policy when no sign is present.
  • 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,
Download the NEW 2015-2016 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
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.
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.
  • The Museum includes both hands-on and hands-off areas. All hands-on sections are clearly marked. Assume a hands-off and eyes-only policy when no sign is present.
Museum Maps