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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
Museum Updates:

NOTICE: In order to complete some electrical upgrades, the Museum will be closed as follows:
June 11 – The Museum’s 3rd floor will be closed, including galleries and restrooms.
June 14 – The entire Museum will be closed and will re-open regular hours on June 15.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Touch the Stars
June 11-14 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 15-16 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 18-20 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Touch the Stars
June 22 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

Touch the Stars
June 22-23 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
June 25-28 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

2:30 pm  Worlds Beyond Earth

Star
June 29 2024

Science Under the Stars: What We Can Learn From Images of Black Holes

4:15 PM

Speaker: Zachary Gelles, Princeton University

Reserve your seat

fossil
June 29 2024

Fossil Collecting at with New Jersey State Museum

10 AM – 12 PM

Join Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Natural History, as he leads fossil collecting trips to Big Brook Preserve Space for each date is limited. Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information and to buy tickets use this link.

Touch the Stars
June 29-30 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
July 2, 3, 5 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Star
July 6 2024

Civil War Flag Unveiling

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In the American Civil War, flags guided troops into battle and served as patriotic emblems of honor and pride. Join flag historian Dr. David Martin of the New Jersey Civil War Heritage Association and NJSM Curator of Cultural History Nicholas Ciotola for a gallery walk about the history of five new flags to be unveiled in the State Museum’s exhibition, The Civil War Flag Collection of New Jersey. The one-hour tour will be followed by a reception hosted by Hunterdon 300th in the museum’s Riverview Court.

Touch the Stars
July 6-7 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
July 9-12 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
July 13-14 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
July 16-19 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

fossil
July 20 2024

Fossil Collecting at with New Jersey State Museum

10 AM – 12 PM

Join Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Natural History, as he leads fossil collecting trips to Big Brook Preserve Space for each date is limited. Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information and to buy tickets use this link.

Touch the Stars
July 20-21 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
July 23-26 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
July 27 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

Touch the Stars
July 27-28 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
July 30-31 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
August 1-2 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
August 3-4 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
August 6-9 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
August 10-11 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
August 13-16 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

fossil
August 17 2024

Fossil Collecting at with New Jersey State Museum

10 AM – 12 PM

Join Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Natural History, as he leads fossil collecting trips to Big Brook Preserve Space for each date is limited. Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information and to buy tickets use this link.

Touch the Stars
August 17-18 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
August 20-23 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
August 24 2024

Spanish Language Planetarium Show

Touch the Stars
August 24-25 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
August 27-30 2024

Weekday Planetarium Program

Touch the Stars
August 31 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Touch the Stars
September 1 2024

Planetarium Shows - Weekend Schedule

Upcoming Events

Science Under the Stars: What We Can Learn From Images of Black Holes

Science Under the Stars

June 29, 4:15 PM

Speaker: Zachary Gelles, Princeton University
In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope released the first ever image of a black hole, opening up a wealth of new opportunities to learn about the fundamental nature of gravity. In this talk, we will discuss what a black hole is, where we expect to find them, and how we can take pictures of them up close. Zach will explain how black holes actually bend light, giving them a distinct appearance that can teach us about how gravity behaves when it is particularly strong. Finally, he will discuss what astrophysicists hope to do in the future to continue learning from these mysterious objects.

Reserve your seat

Go Fossil Collecting with Us!

Fossil

Join Dr. Dana Ehret, Curator of Natural History, as he leads fossil collecting trips to Big Brook Preserve on June 29, July 20 and August 17, 2024.

Dr. Ehret and participants will collect and learn about prehistoric marine life, including fossil sharks! Learn the techniques of fossil collecting and Dr. Ehret will help you identify your discoveries. Big Brook Fossil Preserve is known by fossil collectors along the East Coast as a hotspot for fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs.

Families are welcome and encouraged to attend, but all attendees must have a ticket, including parents/guardians and children.

Space for each date is limited. Tickets are $15 per person. For additional information and to buy tickets use this link. Members receive 50% discount, email Melissa.Mantz@njsmfoundation.org to confirm membership status and get discount code.

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, 11:00 and 12:15 PM 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.

Small Explorers is supported by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great.

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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