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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

Spring Evening Series

April 8 - Spring Festivals!

8:00 pm We discuss the beauty of Spring and it's long-held traditions of festival and celebration!
Registration here:

April 22 - Earth Day

8:00 pm Celebrate Earth Day in a very New Jersey way, learning about the Superfund sites in our state, and incorporating industrial elements into artistic representations with a look into our Fine Art collection.
Registration here:

Small Explorers Virtual Programs

Explore monthly themes and books at home with Early Learning Educator Kerry Scott! Each month Miss Kerry hosts a live virtual session on Zoom for families with children ages 5 and under. Theme-related Play Kits are distributed to registered participants in advance to encourage a tactile experience during the virtual session. The Zoom program and kit are free but space is limited and pre-registration required. Additionally, follow us on Facebook to see Miss Kerry's Small Explorers monthly videos!

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

Register for the April 10th program here. Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 6th.

April 17 - Mad Science presents "Wacky Science", 10:00 am

The Museum invites families to have a blast with Mad Science! Static electricity, gooey stuff and dry ice, who could ask for anything more!

Learn what a polymer is and see the Mad Scientist create a giant batch of slime with bare hands! Be amazed as the Mad Scientist uses science to melt the 'Wicked Witch of the West'; learn about static electricity through demonstrations with a Van de Graaff generator; finish up with exciting dry ice demonstrations that include bubbling potions, singing quarters, popping corks and cool looking fog!

For families with children ages 3-10. Join us for three virtual experiences that are sure to amaze and delight all members of your family. Each event starts at 10:00 am. Events are free and space is limited so advanced registration is required. Each registered child will receive an activity bag to use before or after the event, distributed curbside at the Museum the Friday before the session.

Registration here:

April 17 - Potteries Society of Trenton virtual webinar, 1:30 pm - Trenton's Majolica Mania

The Potteries of Trenton Society is pleased to partner with the Bard Graduate Center and the New Jersey State Museum to present our annual ceramics history lecture. Dr. Laura Microulis, Research Curator at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, will discuss “Trenton’s Majolica Mania” for the meeting to be held on Saturday, April 17, beginning at 1:30 PM. The lecture will be a virtual webinar, and is free and open to the public, but reservations are required:

Funded in part by the New Jersey State Museum Foundation, Lucille M. Paris Fund

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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