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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The State Museum is now open regular operating hours. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.


Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Small Explorers Series
October 9 2021

Small Explorers: Spooky Stuff LIVE and Virtual Programs

11:00-11:45 AM  Live! at the New Jersey State Museum (Limit 10 families)
12:15-1:00 PM   Zoom! (Limit 20 families)

Registration CLOSES Saturday, October 2nd.

Laser Rock
October 30 2021

Planetarium reopening!

Laser Halloween
October 31 2021

Halloween Spooktacular - details coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Small Explorers: Spooky Stuff LIVE and Virtual Programs

October 9th, 2021
11:00-11:45 AM Live! at the New Jersey State Museum
12:15-1:00 PM on Zoom!

Hello Explorers! Register now to join Miss Kerry for a Small Explorers Halloween Party! Small Explorers is a FREE program for children age 5 and under and their families. Every month we explore a new theme through storytelling, museum objects, crafts, games, and playtime! October's theme is Spooky Stuff, so costumes are strongly encouraged! If you don't have a costume yet, don't worry, your FREE activity kit includes craft materials for making one!

Register for the live program here! (Limit 10 families)

Register for the virtual program here! (Limit 20 families)

Registration CLOSES Saturday, October 2nd. After registering, you will receive a welcome email with details for your live or virtual session. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Kerry at

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 June 12th Shore Surprises program here. Deadline to register is Tuesday, June 8th.

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.

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

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.


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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