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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

Mask Policy Update:

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.

Request for Proposal:

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Learn At The Museum

NEW! 2021-22 Field Trip Guide


In-Person Field Trip Experiences

All in-person programs are subject to change per COVID-19 health and safety regulations. We reserve the option to reschedule or cancel programs if we are unable to safely serve you.

Reservations for programs must be made in advance, and full payment is due 2-weeks before the program date.

Safety Guidelines
The NJ State Museum is excited to welcome school groups back for in-person field trips! To ensure students, teachers, chaperones and Museum staff have the safest possible experience the following safety measures are in place:

  • In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s updated guidelines, the NJ State Museum no longer requires masks for museum visitors. However, we strongly encourage all of our guests to wear masks and socially distance as practicable while in the building.
  • Masks will be available free of charge to all participants.

Groups may reserve Riverview Court in advance for brown bag lunches. Available lunch times are 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. Contact reservations at 9609)292-1382 or email

Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are invited to schedule in person and virtual programs, tours and Planetarium shows.

Virtual Field Trips
If you are looking to book a virtual experience for your students, you will find all of our programs and information here

Our Planetarium has been upgraded with an ultra-high resolution 8K projection system, so your experience is sure to be out of this world!

Re-Opening on November 4 for group reservations – reserve your group now!

From the ancient Maya to adventures on Mars, we have shows for all age groups and interests.

Show times are 10:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm, Wednesday-Friday

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. We are unable to issue refunds for late arrivals.

Length: Shows range from 25 to 45 minutes
Cost: $5 per person, including teachers and chaperones.
Group Size: Our Planetarium seats 140 people; larger groups will be split into two or more shows. Minimum group size of 15 attendees. The first group to book a show time chooses the show!

Reservations and Information: email

In-Person Workshops are available starting April 6, 2022

Workshops are 45 minutes long and are offered Wednesday through Friday. For safety, workshop capacity will be limited to 20 students. Larger groups will be divided into multiple sessions.

Reservations are now being accepted for spring 2022 trips. Reservations and Information: Email

Cost: $3.00 per student

Digging For Dinosaurs (Grades 2-7)
Join a mock dig and excavate real fossils! Young paleontologists reconstruct a model dinosaur skull, discovering and interpreting evidence of New Jersey’s prehistoric past. After your workshop, visit the Paleo Lab and explore Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey.

Earthquakes (Grades 4-10)
Shake things up in this earth science lab with an engineering twist. Digging into earthquakes and plate tectonics, teams undertake an engineering design challenge, building and testing seismometers.

Wide World of Weather (Grades K-4)
Explore Earth’s dynamic weather and climate patterns, projected onto our Magic Planet, and experience fascinating weather phenomenon up close.

Hearth& Home (Grades 4-8)
Imagine yourself in an environment rich with resources and dangers. How do you construct a safe home? This design challenge workshop draws on the culture of the Delaware Lenape to explore how natural resources shape daily life.

Lenape Artistic Traditions (Grades 1-5)
Discover how the artistry and designs reflected in objects created by Delaware Lenape people express their community’s history and ideals. Students explore examples of Lenape art, discuss what makes a culture, and try their hand at traditional basket weaving.

In-Person Early Learning Programs are available starting April 6, 2022

Created especially for preschool and kindergarten, our programs introduce science, history and art through creative play, crafts, stories and song.

Workshops are 45 minutes long, and are offered Wednesday through Friday. For safety, workshop capacity will be limited to 20 students. Larger groups will be divided into multiple sessions.

Reservations are now being accepted for spring 2022 trips. Reservations and Information: Email

Cost: $2.00 per student

Dino Motion
Discover how dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles moved through their environments as we combine art, imaginative play and real fossils!

Paint Me a Story
Art and storytelling go hand in hand as we tour the Fine Art gallery and explore how paintings tell stories through color, themes and feelings.

Stars & Shapes Forever
Meet our favorite star and the planets that orbit in our solar system, and make a stellar craft! Pair a planetarium show like “Little Star that Could” with this workshop (additional cost applies).

Discovery Den
Visit our natural sciences play space, designed just for kids pre-K through 2nd grade. Explore nature in New Jersey through touchable specimens, games, books, puppets, costumes and more! Maximum 15 students at one time with adult supervision in this self-guided space.

In-Person Ask the Experts Programs are available starting April 6, 2022

Scientist-led talks are 45 minutes with a Q&A session. Ask the Experts Live Science Talks are offered Wednesday-Friday. In person Ask the Experts talks can accommodate groups of up to 150 students. Minimum group size is 15. Cost: $3 per student. Reservations and Information: Email

People of the Past: Archaeology in New Jersey
How do artifacts help archaeologists understand the lives of prehistoric humans? Archaeologist Dr. Gregory Lattanzi leads this exploration of the unique artifacts, geography and environments of important New Jersey archaeological sites.

Fossil Hunters in New Jersey
New Jersey abounds with fossils! Paleontologist Dr. Dana Ehret shares exciting fossil discoveries from throughout the state, what fossils tell us about ancient ecosystems, and all of the challenges paleontologists face in this adventurous field.

Paleo Lab
Take a peek at our latest fossil discoveries! Follow the progress of our scientists and volunteers, preparing fossil specimens from sites in New Jersey, Wyoming and Montana. We invite you to ask questions and observe their work. Open to the public every day.

Our galleries are open for you to wander with your students! Look for our new gallery activity guides in Archaeology, Fine Art and Natural History coming soon.

Guided Gallery Tours, led by our expert educators, resume in April 2022.

Groups larger than 20 students may be split into multiple tours to maintain social distancing. Minimum group size is 15 students. Cost: FREE, advanced reservations required.

Reservations are now being accepted for spring 2022 trips. . Reservations and Information: Email

Live in-person theater is not available for the 2021/2022 school year.



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