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)
Special Events and Family Activities
Keep up to date with monthly special events, drop in programs and exhibit openings by checking our Program Calendar.
Summer Maker Space

Summer Maker Space Jun 26 – Aug 21
Wednesdays, 10 am – 2 pm
Imagination Studio

Drop in and get creative! Join us every Wednesday for our free weekly Maker Space program. Each week we’ll offer a different challenge for visitors to make and take home. The program is open to all, from children to adults, and is held in the Imagination Studio on the Museum’s lower level.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! September 21

This year we’re celebrating the influence of music. Enjoy a live musical performance in the Auditorium at 11:00am by David Fry, “Voice of the People: A History of American Folk Music.” This interactive and entertaining musical experience explores the rich history of folk music, from “Yankee Doodle,” “This Land is Your Land,” and “The Cat Came Back” to good old rock and roll, playground songs, and jump rope games and dances. Dave Fry makes this distinctly American music a creative, contemporary, and accessible art form-and everyone will be dancing and singing in the end. Visit the STEAM Center to discover how music influences visual artists and vice versa with historic and modern examples. Try your hand at creating art based on your favorite song! Drop in to the Imagination Studio and create your own instrument out of recycled materials. Plus - enjoy FREE Planetarium shows all day - programs at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. Download your free ticket at this link starting August 15.

New Jersey PTA Family Engagement Day

New Jersey PTA Family Engagement Day September 28

If your child is enrolled in a New Jersey public school, we invite you to join us for New Jersey PTA Family Engagement Day at the Museum and enjoy a day full of fun!

  • Experience a Planetarium show, gallery tour and Mad Science show live performance.
  • Bring your lunch to “picnic” at the Museum!
  • All children are required to attend with a parent or guardian.

  • First 100 students are FREE; $5 per person for parents/guardians and others. Registration REQUIRED **Must register by September 11th!

Small Explorers Guides
Available in the Visitor Lobby, Discovery Den and some gallery spaces, Small Explorers Museum Family Guides are designed with children ages 0-5 in mind. Each page highlights an object in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Families are welcome to take these guides home, they also includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home.
Small Explorers Guides
Small Explorers Series
Small Explorers Series

Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am & 12:00 pm, Discovery Den

For children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers.

Each month the Small Explorers series explores a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. Each program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact

NOTE: Registration requests must be received by 10:00 am the Friday before the event in order to allow time for staff to confirm space availability.

Registration Form

Upcoming Program Themes
Under the Sea
Reptile Tales
Art Exploration: Sculpture
Land of the Pines
Lenape Legends
Solstice Lights
Freedom Rings
Wonder Women
Feathered Friends
How do our Gardens Grow?
Discovery Den
Discovery Den
Visit our natural sciences play space, designed just for families with children ages 0-8. Explore nature in New Jersey through touchable specimens, games, books, puppets, costumes and more! Adult supervision in this self-guided space is required.