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
Planetarium Public Schedule
Planetarium - Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon.

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon. The visor in his helmet shows a reflection of Astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), taking this picture as well as one footpad of the Lunar Module Eagle and the United States flag planted next to it.

Soar into space in the New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium! The Planetarium regularly premieres new and exciting shows that feature state-of-the-art Full Dome Video and offers both traditional sky and full-spectrum laser programs. The Museum’s spacious, specially-designed reclining seats accommodate groups of up to 140, while dynamic and knowledgeable show presenters take the visitor zooming through the solar system with customized star talks.

The Planetarium offers both traditional sky and full-spectrum laser programs. Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

School/Group Visits:
To schedule a school or group visit to the Planetarium, call (609) 292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.
Public Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps welcome.

PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break weekday shows are available to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

Happy Birthday from the New Jersey State Museum!
If you call 3 or more business days in advance, the Planetarium will also add a banner to the dome to celebrate! To add the banner, contact William Murray at 609-826-3940 or William.murray@sos.nj.gov

Bring your child to the Planetarium for their birthday and receive a free gift! Just tell the box office when buying tickets and give them the birthday child’s first name. They will give your child the free gift and the Planetarium will announce the birthday before the show!

August 2019
Tuesday – Friday, July 5 – August 30
Planetarium - Tales of Mayan Skies
10:30 am Tales of Mayan Skies - NEW
“Tales of the Maya Skies” immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, cosmology and myth, as we are taken back in time to the jungles of Mexico and to the cities and temples of the ancient Maya. The beautifully illustrated story reveals how the Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements, and through this knowledge make sense of the world around them. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - Heart of the Sun
New space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of terrestrial instruments, capture both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity and for the first time take us right inside a living star. From the Neolithic sky watchers of Europe to the solar observatories and blood sacrifice of Mesoamerica to the sun gods of the Egyptians and Greeks and the dawning of Aristotelian science, The Heart of the Sun reveals how the development of our whole cosmology has been informed by our struggle with this oldest of mysteries. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - CapCOM Go!
The Apollo Story - An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. Suitable for all ages.

This show is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and a perfect complement to the exhibition “Many Inspired Steps” on view in the Riverside Gallery May 25 through November 10.
August 2019
Saturday & Sunday, July 6 – September 1
Planetarium - Tales of Mayan Skies
12 noon Tales of Mayan Skies - NEW
“Tales of the Maya Skies” immerses viewers in the wonders of Mayan science, cosmology and myth, as we are taken back in time to the jungles of Mexico and to the cities and temples of the ancient Maya. The beautifully illustrated story reveals how the Maya scholars developed a sophisticated understanding of astronomy, architecture, and mathematics that enabled them to predict solstices, solar eclipses, weather patterns and planetary movements, and through this knowledge make sense of the world around them. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - Laser Rock
1 pm Laser Rock
Brand new laser show! Sing along with favorites like the “Circle of Life” to “Rock and Roll all Nite. See dazzling special effects from the only fulldome laser system in one of New Jersey’s largest planetariums. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - Heart of the Sun
New space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of terrestrial instruments, capture both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity and for the first time take us right inside a living star. From the Neolithic sky watchers of Europe to the solar observatories and blood sacrifice of Mesoamerica to the sun gods of the Egyptians and Greeks and the dawning of Aristotelian science, The Heart of the Sun reveals how the development of our whole cosmology has been informed by our struggle with this oldest of mysteries. Suitable for all ages.
Planetarium - CapCOM Go!
The Apollo Story - An immersive, historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. It introduces a new generation to the immense challenges they overcame and will inspire them to become the explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. Suitable for all ages.

This show is a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and a perfect complement to the exhibition “Many Inspired Steps” on view in the Riverside Gallery May 25 through November 10.

Shows and times are subject to change.