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New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Laser Halloween
March 11 2023

Small Explorers: Busy Day for Birds

9:45am or 11:00am

This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading "Busy Day for Birds" by Lucy Cousins. We’ll take our exploring to new heights as we check out the feathers that help birds to fly in our “Written in the Rocks” exhibition. Make a felt bird to take home. Come take flight with us!

Small Explorers is a FREE program for local children age 5 and under and their families. Every month we explore a new theme through storytelling, museum objects, crafts, games, and playtime! Programs takes place in-person in the Museum. Choose either the 9:45 or 11:00 am session. Space is limited, registration required. Register here

Laser Halloween
March 11-12 2023

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Earth, Moon & Sun
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Dinosaurs@Dusk
3:00 pm  Touch the Stars

Laser Halloween
March 18-19 2023

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Earth, Moon & Sun
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Dinosaurs@Dusk
3:00 pm  Touch the Stars

New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence, Artists Talk Series
March 22 2023

New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence
Artists Talk Series

12:15 pm  

Theda Sandiford & Pam Cooper
Join us for a free lunchtime talk with artists featured in the "New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence" exhibition. Each event will feature two artists who will discuss their work in the context of the exhibition; programs will run for 45 minutes to one hour.

Laser Halloween
March 25-26 2023

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Earth, Moon & Sun
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Dinosaurs@Dusk
3:00 pm  Touch the Stars

Spring Break Activities
April 8 2023

Small Explorers: Archeology/Can You Dig It?

9:45am, 11:00am or 12:15pm
This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading "Underground " by Denise Fleming and "Little Archaeologist" by Dan Taylor.

We’ll explore the treasures you can find when you dig in the dirt. Check out the Lenape artifacts. See the tools used to dig up artifacts. We’ll make a clay pot and see what else we can find by digging. Enjoy getting a little dirty to explore what's under our feet. Small Explorers is a FREE program for local children age 5 and under and their families. Every month we explore a new theme through storytelling, museum objects, crafts, games, and playtime! Programs takes place in-person in the Museum. Choose either 9:45, 11:00 or 12:15 pm session. Space is limited, registration required.
Registration Form https://forms.office.com/g/EuGrYT7FqM

Spring Break Activities
April 11-14 2023

Spring Break Activities

Story time & a craft in Discovery Den at 12:00 pm daily – We’ll read Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman. This colorful and artistic picture book teaches all about the spiral, and its many appearances in nature. Follow along through the story to see how many different spirals you can find! After the story make a snail craft.

Drop-in art making in the Imagination Studio 1:00 -3:00 pm daily - Paper Mosaics. You can find examples of mosaics throughout the Museum. Find inspiration and make your own to take home!

Laser Halloween
April 11-14 2023

Spring Break Weekday Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  One World, One Sky
11:30 am  Dinosaurs@Dusk
1:30 pm  Touch the Stars

New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence, Artists Talk Series
April 19 2023

New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence
Artists Talk Series

12:15 pm  

Mark Ludak & Caroline Burton
Join us for a free lunchtime talk with artists featured in the "New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence" exhibition. Each event will feature two artists who will discuss their work in the context of the exhibition; programs will run for 45 minutes to one hour.

Upcoming Events

Artists Talk Series

New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence - Artists Talk Series

Artists Talk Series
New Jersey Arts Annual: Reemergence

Join us on select Wednesdays at 12:15 PM for in-gallery chats with artists featured in the exhibition. Each event will feature two artists who will discuss their work in the context of the exhibition; programs will run for 45 minutes to one hour.

Offered on: Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 19

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Local families are welcome to register for the Small Explorers program, taking place in the Discovery Den on the second Saturday of the month. This playgroup is an opportunity for you to explore the Museum with your child and connect with other families for support. Families are encouraged to sign up for a full year of sessions to build knowledge, skills and relationships. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. Sessions take place in-person at 9:45 am and 11:00 am in the Discovery Den, The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. Contact Susan.Kozak-Buckley@sos.nj.gov to learn more and register.

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.

Visit the Events/Calendar page for monthly program details and to register.

Event Rentals

The New Jersey State Museum is a wonderful setting for your special event with changing exhibits that can provide a unique backdrop for any occasion. The Museum is ideally located in the State Capital Complex in Trenton, and offers a one-of-a-kind venue with incredible architecture and beautiful views of the Delaware River. For rates and availability, please view our rental information or email Rentals.NJSM@sos.nj.gov.

Available Rental spaces:

First Floor West Gallery
Riverview Court

This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.

Auditorium
Auditorium

The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.

Additional rental spaces

 

 

 


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