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New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The Museum is closed to the public until further notice.


Events At The Museum

Upcoming Events

Patriot’s Week

December 26-31, 2020 is Patriot’s Week, Trenton’s annual commemoration of the American Revolutionary War.

Join Curator of Cultural History Nicholas Ciotola for the New Jersey State Museum’s virtual Patriot’s Week program, Remembering the Revolution: The Yorktown Cup.

This short documentary video explores the unknown history of the Yorktown Cup, an exquisite sterling silver trophy made by the world-renowned jewelers Tiffany & Co. and awarded to the state of New Jersey for its role at the centennial commemoration of the Battle of Yorktown. The battle was the final, decisive engagement of the Revolutionary War and ensured victory for the American forces.

The magnificent detail of the hand-hammered cup includes etched and engraved scenes of the battle, profile portraits of famous Revolutionary War heroes, and an intricately-modeled Continental soldier in full uniform. The production of this magnificent piece of silver illustrates the process by which artists and artisans in the 19th and 20th centuries have used their work to “Remember the Revolution,” ensuring its long and lasting legacy as a source of creative inspiration and a defining moment in American history.

The Yorktown Cup is a featured object in the New Jersey State Museum permanent collection.

Winter Evening Series

The New Jersey State Museum invites you to join our Winter Evening Series, held via Zoom on select Thursday evenings at 8 pm. The free program features live conversations between educators, curators, colleagues, and friends of the New Jersey State Museum about various topics that relate to our collections.

To register for one or more sessions, please fill out this form.

Small Explorers Virtual Programs

Beginning in October and continuing through June, Early Learning Educator Kerry Scott engages families with 1-2 pre-recorded videos per month on our social media for families to explore themes and books together. Additionally, families can register in advance to participate in our monthly live Zoom sessions. Theme-related Play Kits will be distributed to registrants in advance to encourage a tactile experience during the virtual session. The Zoom program is free but space is limited and pre-registration required.

Our Small Explorers program provides free family engagement workshops and programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to age five, designed to promote school readiness. It has gained a solid reputation for quality early learning content and has formed a strong community of local families with young children. Small Explorers digital engagement will offer continuity for families during a time with so much uncertainty. The New Jersey State Museum is grateful to our long-standing partner the PNC Foundation for continuing to support this crucial program through their Grow UP Great initiative.

Small Explorers Topics

Registration for the January 16 program closes on Monday, January 11.

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Due to the current health situation, Small Explorers is postponed. Until the Museum can host visitors again, please enjoy the Small Explorer videos found here

The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month we explore a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. It’s held the third weekend of each month, on Friday at 2:00 pm, and Saturday at 10:00 am & 12:00 noon in the Discovery Den. 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.




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