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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.

Museum

Learn At The Museum

Schedule a Field Trip

Welcome back to your State Museum! Groups are welcome to arrive anytime for self-guided exploration of our galleries. The Planetarium is currently closed for upgrades but will re-open for group shows beginning November 4, 2021. Planning a spring field trip? All of our workshops, science talks and tours will be offered in person beginning April 6, 2022.

If you can’t travel this school year, check out our enhanced Virtual Field Trip Kits or Ask the Experts virtual science talks. There’s something here for everyone!

To learn more, explore program descriptions and policies in the tabs. When you are ready to make a reservation Call (609) 292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Pricing

Pricing for In-Person Programs

General admission is FREE for school groups. Pricing for reserved experiences are listed below.

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Guided Tours Free Free
Planetarium $5 $5
Lab & Studio Workshops $3 Free
Ask the Experts $3 Free
Thursday Theatre N/A N/A
Early Learning $3 Free

Advance reservations are REQUIRED for all programs, free and fee-based.

Payments must be made in full 2 weeks in advance.

No refunds can be issued once payment is processed.

 


 

Pricing for Virtual Programs

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Virtual Field Trip Kits $75 for 25 kits Free
Live Night Sky Talk $2 FREE
Ask the Experts Live Science Talk $3 Free
Early Learning (coming soon!) $3 Free

Advance reservations are REQUIRED for all programs, free and fee-based.

Payments must be made in full 2 weeks in advance.

No refunds can be issued once payment is processed.

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.

We are unable to offer reserved indoor lunch space at this time. However, students are welcome to use the picnic tables located outside the Museum front entrance on a first come, first served basis.

Homeschools
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 https://nj.gov/state/museum/learn-resources.shtml.

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

PLEASE NOTE:
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: Call 609-292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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: Call (609) 292-1382 or Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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: Call (609) 292-1382 or Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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: Call (609) 292-1382 or Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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: Call (609) 292-1382 or Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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

Planetarium - Educational

Our Planetarium will be open for groups beginning November 3, 2021 fully upgraded with an Ultra-High Resolution 8K projection system, so your experience is sure to be out of this world!

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

Shows are 25-45 minutes long. Most shows also include a New Jersey Sky Talk.

Advance reservations and payments are required. Show times are 10:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm Wednesday through Friday. The first group to book a show time chooses the show; possible shows are listed below.

Cost: $5 per person, including leaders and chaperones.

Trenton Public Schools and Title 1 schools receive a 20% discount.

Group Size: Planetarium seats 140 people, larger groups will be scheduled for two or more shows. Minimum group size of 15 attendees.

Shows begin promptly at the scheduled time. We are unable to issue refunds for late arrivals.

Reservations and Information: Call 609-292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

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.

Planetarium Programs

Featured Shows Coming Soon!

Before You Visit

Please carefully look over the information below before submitting your online reservation request form.  

Reservations are required for all programs and must be made at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To reserve group programs, call 609-292-1392 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov. Many programs have minimum group sizes for participation; see specific program details for group size requirements.

The Museum requests 1 chaperone per 10 students, to be included in your group count.

The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for your visit, please contact Megan Innes at (609) 292-6310 or Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487.

If you must cancel your field trip, please call 609-292-1382 as soon as possible. No refunds will be made if payment has already been processed. However, we will work with you to reschedule your visit, apply payment to a virtual program or receive credit to be used the following school year.

Due to COVID-19 there is no indoor dining space available at the Museum.

All lunches must be brought – there is no food available to purchase at the Museum.

Lunch bins are available at the main entrance or Planetarium lobby for your group to store lunches and backpacks during your visit.

Weather permitting, outdoor eating space is available. Picnic tables at the Museum entrance are available on a first come first serve basis. Lawn space is available in front of the Museum, near the Planetarium, or in Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library. If you plan to picnic outdoors, please bring blankets for seating and clean up all trash.

Groups will receive a confirmation at the time of their booking followed by an invoice.

Payments MUST be made in full 2 weeks prior to your program date. The Museum reserves the right to cancel non-paid reservations within this 2 week window.

Final head counts, including teachers and chaperones, must be confirmed with the Museum no later than 2 weeks prior to the visit. Refunds will not be issued for decreased attendance; persons added on the day of programs may not be accommodated.

Accepted payments include Visa, Master Card, confirmed purchase orders and checks. Please make checks payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Payments are non-refundable once they are processed.

Please check the website for the most up to date information regarding Museum COVID-19 safety requirements. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

Please have students organized into groups with chaperones prior to your visit. Your leader should have an accurate count of teachers, students and chaperones, and will be asked to check in at the Information Desk at the main entrance.

Buses must drop off and pick up in front of the Museum on West State Street.

We STRONGLY recommend your group arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your first activity. This will give you time to check in, and drop off lunches and bags in the available bins at the main entrance.

Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups; however, if a conflict with other programs or groups arises, the Museum reserves the right to adjust, change, shorten or cancel the scheduled program. No refunds will be issued for programs missed due to late arrival.

Groups coming from the New Jersey State House tours should allow extra travel time between the Museum and the State House entrance due to ongoing renovations.

Please give a copy of the Bus Map to your driver(s) so they know where to drop off, park and pick up your group.

Buses must park in the lot at the corner of Perry Street and Route 1 (about 1 mile from the Museum).

Metered street parking for cars is available on weekdays, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Limited visitor parking is also available in the State House Parking Garage next door to the Museum.

If your group is coming in separate vehicles, please plan a meeting spot; we suggest the Information desk at the main entrance, or in the Planetarium lobby.

Chaperones are required to remain with their students at all times and are responsible for appropriate behavior.

Leaders should share the day’s learning objectives and itinerary, including program times and locations, with chaperones.

It is the responsibility of the teachers and chaperones to enforce the Museum rules during a visit. These include:

  • No food or drinks are allowed in Museum galleries.
  • Photography is encouraged; use of flash, tripods, or selfie-sticks is not permitted.
  • Use indoor voices and refrain from running in the Museum.
  • Students must be accompanied by chaperones at all times.
  • Backpacks and large bags must be placed in the bins; small bags may be carried on the chest.
  • No touching or writing on artwork, cases or walls in the Museum.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Virtual Field Trips

Bring the Museum to you! Choose from enhanced Virtual Field Trip Kits or Ask the Experts virtual science talks. There’s something here for everyone! To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Kits

Bring the State Museum to you, with 3 incredible kits for distance learning. Scaffolded for students in grades K-4 or 5-8, kits are compatible with Google Classroom and include:

  • Enhanced gallery tours (pre-recorded)
  • Set of 25 hands-on crafts + instructions
  • 3 printable activities to expand learning
Kit Pricing

$75 per kit of 25 projects

FREE in-person pick up at the Museum or direct shipping for $30/box (up to 50 projects in a box to minimize your shipping cost)

Digital links will be emailed and materials packaged after payment is received.

To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Kit Options:

Fantastic Fossils
Enhanced Gallery Tour (pre-recorded) choose from “Into the Deep Freeze” Explore New Jersey in the Ice Age for K-4 or “Dinosaurs and Deception” A paleontology feud of epic proportions for 5-8
Paint a Prehistoric Creature craft – 25 plaster molds, paints and brushes with instructions for a Paleozoic diorama.
Expansion Activities – Paleo Practice, Earth History Timeline and DIY Wooly Mammoths

Art and Inspiration
Enhanced Gallery Tours (pre-recorded) “It’s Made of What?” For K-8 A close-up of artists and the materials they use in making sculpture.
Paint with Texture art project – Canvas paper, paint and brushes with instructions for mixing color and texture elements in artwork.
Expansion Activities – The Artist’s Eye, Color Your World and Wilderness Artworks

Lenape Artistry
Enhanced Gallery Tours (pre-recorded) choose from “Digging the Past” An introduction to archaeology and New Jersey’s First People for K-4 or “A Resilient People” Lenape cultural changes in the face of colonization and hardship for 5-8
Weave a Block-Stamped Basket craft – 25 basket frames, raffia or jute and beads with a copy of the book Rainbow Crow a Lenape tale and instructions for weaving your basket
Expansion Activities – Archaeology 101: Layers in the Earth, Lenape Games to make and play, Rainbow Crow coloring page

Ask the Experts Virtual

Our experts can join your virtual classroom, or we can provide a Google Meet or Zoom link. Contact information for the Museum Expert and the session link will be supplied once payment is received. For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions. Teachers will work directly with the expert to coordinate session times, dates and links.

Cost: $3 per student.

Scientist-led talks are 45 minutes with a Q+A session. Payment is due 2 weeks in advance.

To reserve your virtual field trip contact reservations.njsm@sos.nj.gov or 609-292-1382

Choose from:

People of the Past: Archaeology in NJ
How do artifacts help archaeologists understand the lives of prehistoric humans? Archaeologist Dr. Greg 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 paleontologist face in this adventurous field.

Night Sky Talks

Zoom through the night sky with an expert astronomer! Learn all about the stars, planets and constellations observable in the New Jersey sky, right from your classroom.

Cost: $2 per student

Night Sky Talks are 20 minutes long and are offered Tuesdays throughout the school year. Our expert can join your virtual class or we can provide a Google Meet or Zoom link at your request. Contact information for the Museum Expert and the session link will be supplied once payment is received. For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions. Teachers will work directly with the expert to coordinate session times, dates and links. Payment is due 2 weeks in advance.

When you book a Night Sky Talk, you’ll also receive a link to stream the show “To Space and Back”. It’s a story of human ingenuity and engineering, and the daily impacts of space travel on our lives. Show running time is 45 minutes.

Learning Resources

Here you will find videos and guides you can use in the classroom, at home or in the Museum. Explore History, Art and Science in a variety of ways.

 

Episode 1:
How Do You Know Where To Dig?

 

Episode 2:
How Do You Know Where The Fossils Are?

 

Episode 3:
How Do You Know If It Is A Fossil?

 

Episode 4:
How Do We Dig Up Fossils?

 

Episode 5:
How Do We Dig Up the Bones?

 

Episode 6:
How Do We Get the Bones Back Safely?

 

Episode 7:
What Is Fossil Preparation?

 

Episode 8:
Which Dinosaur and Part of the Body Does that Fossil Belong To?

 

Episode 9:
What Did the Dinosaurs Look Like?

 

Episode 10:
Why Do We Look For Dinosaurs In Montana & Wyoming?

 

 


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