Thank you for your patronage and support in these challenging times. The State of New Jersey has lifted universal indoor masking for visitors and staff in state buildings. Masking is still strongly encouraged if you have booked a reserved or guided programs in galleries and classroom spaces.
This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading “Hello Lighthouse” by Sophie Blackall. New Jersey is known for its beaches. We go to the beach in a car or bus, but what if we came in a boat? Lighthouses guide the way. Paint your own lighthouse, explore some boat lore, and float into summer with us.
Choose either the in-person session (limit of 10 families) or the virtual session (limit of 20 families.) Deadline for registration is June 6. If you have questions email Susan.Kozak-Buckley@sos.nj.gov.
“Why Everything You Know About Shark Conservation is Wrong”
David Shiffman, Ph.D., Arizona State University
Live streamed on Facebook
“12 Days of Terror - 1916 Shark Attack Along the Jersey Shore”
Richard Fernicola, M.D., author of 12 Days of Terror
In-person in the Museum
NOAA Prohibitions on Coastal Sharks of New Jersey
Keith Dunton, Ph.D.
Dive deeper into the world of sharks! This series is features a variety of experts on both fossil and living sharks.
See the event flyer for details.
Have you ever wanted to take a deep dive into Art History, Archaeology, NJ History or Paleontology? This intensive, 8-session weekly class can get you there! The course includes behind-the-scenes tours and conversations with curators and staff about our collections and exhibitions. Graduates of the course are invited (but not required) to become one of our highly regarded docents; sharing knowledge with the Museum public. This program will be hosted online through digital interfacing, with on-site experiences built-in to the curriculum, and we encourage independent exploration of the museum any time it is open to the public.
We offer this program twice yearly with the winter session beginning in February. Sign up now to secure your spot!
Winter Session begins February 16:
February-March - 8 week training
April - Graduation
Winter Session Sign-Up
Summer Session begins July 6:
July-August - 8 week training
September - Graduation
Summer Session Sign-Up
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 second weekend of each month on Saturday, in-person in the Discovery Den at 11:00 am, then virtually at 12:15 pm. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact Susan.Kozak-Buckley@sos.nj.gov.
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.
Upcoming: Small Explorers: Garden Helpers!
11:00 - 11:45 am In-person session
12:15 - 1:00 pm Virtual session
This month in our Small Explorers program we’re reading “Flower Garden” by Eve Bunting. We will be exploring our new pollinator garden. Listen to the Buzz about how Bees help gardens grow and ways we can help plants and bees. Choose either the in-person session (limit of 10 families) or the virtual session (limit of 20 families). Deadline for registration is May 9th. If you have questions please contact Miss Sue at NJSMFsmallexplorers@gmail.com.
Deadline for registration is May 9th.
Monthly, 2nd Saturday of each month, 2:00 pm
Dive deeper into the world of sharks! This series is features a variety of experts on both fossil and living sharks. Most lectures will be live streamed on Facebook, three will also be in-person here in the Museum. See the event flyer for details.
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:
This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.
The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.