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Department of State

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

SHOP Special Events

Don’t miss the once-a-year savings on great gifts to give or keep! All proceeds support Museum programs and exhibitions. Link to shopping site:

ONLINE ONLY: Black Friday – Nov. 27
30% off all purchases including memberships
Members receive free shipping

ONLINE ONLY: Museum Store Sunday – Nov. 29
25% off for members, 20% for non-members
Free shipping over $50 one day only
Free NJSM tote with each order, today only

Holiday Sale: Nov. 29 – Dec. 23
25% off for members, 20% for non-members
Free shipping over $75

Shop Safely! Limited In-person, Reserved Shopping Hours
While the Museum remains closed for visitors, the Museum Shop is excited to offer a limited number of in-person shopping hours in December. Members have exclusive first access to this event Dec. 2 through 5; the next two weeks will be open to all. Guests can reserve a one-hour time slot to shop in person; a maximum of four individuals will be permitted at a time. Make a reservation on Eventbrite with this link:

For the health and safety of our guests & staff, the following safety measures will be observed – temperature will be checked upon entering the building, masks are required, and the SHOP will be cleaned after each group. Guests who reserve a time slot will be asked to complete a COVID health safety questionnaire prior to entering the Museum building.

Dec 2 -5 Members only
Dec 9 - 12
Dec 16 - 19

NEW! Autumn Evening Series

The New Jersey State Museum presents the Autumn Evening Series, a four-part live digital event. Join museum educators and curators as they host a lively discussion about a different theme each week, create a signature cocktail, and end the evening with a round of trivia. This season's dates and themes are:

  • Oct. 8th: Back to School with Museology 101
    Brush up on the life-cycle of an object in a museum with our State Museum experts! Learn all about preservation, conservation, exhibition and interpretation as we discuss the study of museums.
  • Oct. 22nd: Ghosts of New Jersey Past
    From fossils to artifacts, cemeteries to stories of our shared history - these tales from our past may haunt us if we don't listen closely.
  • Nov. 5th: Contested Debates
    Elections are critical to our democracy, but so are the debates that precede the votes! Hear about some of New Jersey's most heated debates from the museum's collections.
  • Nov. 19th: Feasts, Festivals and Commemorations
    Humanity's shared sense of ceremony and ritual have guided societies for ages. We will take a look at stories of American Thanksgiving, festivals celebrating our state's favorite fruits, and reasons why we chose to come together at certain times of year.

The events are free, but pre-registration is required. Donations are gratefully accepted by the Museum Foundation and directly support Museum programs and events. Make a donation here:

Register here today:

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 December program closes on December 7

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.

POSTPONED - Take a photo with local live bird celebrities

Fine Feathered Friends

July 18, 2020

Fine Famous Feathered Friends: Take a photo with local live bird celebrities Noah the Bald Eagle of the Philadelphia Eagles and Stella the Great Horned Owl of Temple University at an event for sports fans and bird lovers alike! Talk one on one with their amazing handlers from the Elmwood Park Zoo, then stay for curator-led tours of the Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse exhibit. FREE; for all ages.




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