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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

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

The State of New Jersey does not currently require indoor masking for visitors and staff in state buildings.

Museum

Learn At The Museum

NEW! 2022-23 Field Trip Guide

 

Schedule a Field Trip

The New Jersey State Museum offers students 4 floors of exhibits exploring the Natural and Cultural history of the State, Archaeology and the Lenape People, and a remarkable Fine Art collection. Each long-term exhibit gallery offers printed guides for both pre-K and older students to explore on their own. You can also choose to enhance your field trip with a guided tour or a hands-on workshop.

Don’t forget to reserve a visit to the Planetarium! Our newly upgraded Ultra-High Resolution 8K projection system will immerse students in the wonders of the galaxy.

We continue to provide Virtual Field Trip options to give you flexibility in lesson planning. Choose from virtual tour kits that include hands-on projects shipped directly to you or live virtual interactions with our experts.

Click on the PDF link at the top of the page to learn more about all of our offerings or choose from the drop-down menu at the top under LEARN. When you are ready to make a reservation email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Safety Guidelines
In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s updated guidelines, General masking is not required but recommended based on the CDC’s Community Level data. The Museum’s community is Mercer County.

Guidance for all Community Levels is as follows:

Risk Level Recommendations
Low Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Medium Wear a mask if you are immunocompromised or otherwise at high risk for severe illness.
High Wear a mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk.

Masks will be available free of charge to both Chaperones and Students upon request.

Please Note: 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.

Pricing

Pricing for In-Person Programs

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

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Guided Tours Free Free
Planetarium $5 $5
Lab & Studio Workshops $5 Free
Ask the Experts $5 Free
Thursday Theatre $5 $5
Early Learning $4 Free
Advance reservations are REQUIRED for all programs, free and fee-based. Payments must be made in full 2 weeks in advance.

Title I and Trenton Public School District schools receive a 20% discount.
No refunds can be issued once payment is processed.

 

Pricing for Virtual Programs

  Per Student Per Teacher/Chaperone
Virtual Field Trip Kits $75 per kit; each kit supplies 25 student projects Free
Ask the Experts Live Science Talk $5 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

Reservations are now being accepted for fall 2022 and spring 2023 trips. Group programs are available Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Groups of 15 or more may reserve tours, workshops and Planetarium shows, for descriptions of each see below.

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

Groups may add a reservation in Riverview Court for brown bag lunches. Contact reservations at (609) 292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov. Outside picnic tables are available without a reservation on a first-come basis.

Buses must drop off and pick up students at the main entrance (West State Street) and park in the Perry Street lot during the visit.

Students and Chaperones will enter the main entrance, drop off all food and drink in bins provided and receive a short orientation before heading off to reserved programs. Please make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled program to allow time for this.

Safety Guidelines
In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s updated guidelines, general masking is not required but recommended based on the CDC’s Community Level data. The Museum’s community is Mercer County.

Guidance for all Community Levels is as follows:

Risk Level Recommendations
Low Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Medium Wear a mask if you are immunocompromised or otherwise at high risk for severe illness.
High Wear a mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk.

Masks will be available free of charge to both Chaperones and Students upon request.

Please Note: 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.

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

Summer Camp Groups
Summer groups (July 5-September 5) will choose from Planetarium public shows at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:30 and a simplified list of workshops options. Please ask about these options at the time of booking.

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!

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, Tuesday-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: email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Examine real fossils, engineer a home or express your artistry! Enhance your field trip with these hands-on experiences, designed around New Jersey's curriculum standards.

Workshops are 45 minutes long and are offered Tuesday through Friday. 15-30 students per session; larger groups will be divided into multiple sessions. Minimum group size is 15. Groups of over 200 students cannot be accommodated all on the same day but may be divided into two days if needed.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Cost: $5.00 per student

Junior Paleontologist (Grades 2-8)
New Jersey is a fantastic place to find fossils! We'll explore the state's fossil record through games and examine real fossils - some hundreds of millions of years old.

Wide World of Weather (Grades K-4)
Explore Earth's dynamic weather and climate patterns, and experiment with an electrifying weather phenomenon!

Hearth & Home (Grades 4-8)
Looking to the Lenape for inspiration, student teams construct home models designed to combat the climate challenges of North American ecosystems.

Lenape Artistic Traditions (Grades K-5)
Delve into Delaware Lenape art and cultural expression to connect with New Jersey's first people, past and present.

The New Jersey State Museum welcomes Pre-K visitors with gallery guides specifically designed for them, Planetarium shows appropriate for their age and a special natural sciences play space, Discovery Den, designed just for kids pre-K through 2nd grade. In Discovery Den, 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.

Our guided programs focus on exploring science, art and history with Pre-K & Kindergarteners through creative play, crafts and storytelling.

Workshops are 45 minutes long, and are offered Tuesday through Friday. 15-20 students per workshop session; larger groups will be divided into multiple sessions. Minimum group size is 15.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Cost: $4.00 per student

Dino Motion
Discover how dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles moved through their environments as we combine science, imaginative play and detective work!

Paint Me a Story
Art and storytelling go hand in hand as we tour the Fine Art gallery and discover how the art on display tells stories and engages our minds and bodies.

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

The New Jersey State Museum not only collects and preserves the story of New Jersey, we also actively participate in science every day!

Visit the Paleo Lab to 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, no reservation needed.

Scientist-led talks are 45 minutes with a Q&A session. Ask the Experts Live Science Talks are offered Tuesday-Friday. These talks are appropriate for students in grades 3-12. In person Ask the Experts talks can accommodate groups of up to 150 students. Minimum group size is 15.

Virtual options available - Zoom our expert into YOUR classroom! For better student participation, groups larger than 50 students may wish to split into multiple virtual sessions.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Cost: $5 per student.

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 found here, and what they tell us about the lifestyle of New Jersey’s first people.

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 the challenges paleontologists face in this adventurous field.

The New Jersey State Museum offers students 4 floors of exhibits exploring the Natural and Cultural history of the State, Archaeology and the Lenape people and a remarkable Fine Art collection. Each long-term exhibit gallery offers printed guides for both pre-K and older students to explore on their own.

Groups may also choose to reserve a guided tour of a specific gallery, led by our expert docent corp. Groups larger than 30 students may be split into multiple tours. Minimum group size is 15 students. Cost: FREE, advanced reservations required.

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Live theater returns for the 2022/2023 school year with two performance in the spring. We will announce the shows in our newsletter and on social media when they are confirmed.

To reserve a seat in the show, the fee is $5.00 per person (students and chaperones). The theater seats 384 so large groups are easily accommodated.

Planetarium - Educational

Our Planetarium features a fully upgraded 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 Tuesday through Friday from September through June. 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.

When a reservation is complete groups will receive a confirmation and an invoice. Payment is due two weeks before arrival. Groups can update total attendance numbers at the two week deadline before final payment. If payment is not received within that two week period the New Jersey State Museum reserves the right to cancel the reservation.

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

Reservations and Information: Email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov

Please Note: 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!

Touch the Stars

“Touch the Stars” dramatically showcases the robotic spacecraft used in the exploration of our solar system and the galaxy beyond. The film traces the path to space through the history of NASA’s probes, orbiters, and landers—from the heart of our solar system and the surface of its planets and moons to the grand tour of the Voyager spacecraft through the outer planets and beyond. Created with the cooperation of NASA and Lockheed Martin, and using the latest high definition imagery and scientific data, fulldome show “Touch the Stars” engages audiences through the use of real footage and 3-dimensional vistas, transporting us to planets and distant stars alongside these heroic robot explorers for an unforgettable voyage.

 

Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth is an ultra high resolution full-dome production, narrated by actor Liam Neeson. The show explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes.

 

 

NEW! Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Embark on an outstanding adventure as two children spend a night touring all the planets in our solar system alongside their ship’s navigator, a rather plucky astronomy book. Visit each planet and learn fun and interesting facts about them!

 

NEW! Exo: Are We Alone?

Humankind has always sought to understand the mysteries of the Universe and speculated about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Today we know of thousands of exoplanets — planets located outside our Solar System — that offer valuable information about our own planet, its origins and life on Earth. We're on the cusp of making some fascinating discoveries. But how will they change our lives?

 

NEW! Climate Change

Earth is the only world in the solar system where we know life exists. Countless species of plants and animals thrive on its surface and in its oceans. But Earth is changing. The atmosphere is losing its ability to regulate the comfortable temperatures that help life thrive. Things are warming up.

 

Tales of the Maya Skies

The ancient Maya achieved an unparalleled understanding of astronomy. Experience how Maya culture, life, architecture, and legends were intertwined with the ancient Maya’s scientific observation and recording of planetary movements.

 

Heart of the Sun

New space-based telescopes, along with a new generation of terrestrial instruments, capture both the fine surface detail and the vast eruptions of the corona with unprecedented clarity and for the first time take us right inside a living star.

 

Magic Tree House: Space Mission

Based on the book series by Mary Pope Osborne. Adventure through space with brother-sister team of Jack and Annie….and their Magic Tree House!

Teacher Guide: Magic Tree House

 

One World, One Sky

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon, and stars!

Teacher Guide: One World, One Sky

 

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Travel back to the time of dinosaurs with teenage pilot Lucy and her father, in search of the ancestors of modern birds, and the origins of flight. Limited show times, call for information and reservations.

Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.

Teacher Guide: Dinosaurs at Dusk

 

Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and a raging 400-year-old-hurricane on Jupiter. You’ll emerge glad you live on Earth! Pair this show with our Wide World of Weather workshop.

 

Earth, Moon & Sun

Our most popular show! Discover Earth’s place in the universe, and the patterns in the motion of sun, moon and stars with the help of clever Coyote.

Teacher Guide: Earth, Moon & Sun

 

 

To Space and Back

Join us as we take an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world in this new fully immersive show.

Teacher Guide: To Space and Back

 

Black Holes

Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? This new program incorporates some of the most intense full dome visual effects ever created on the subject and includes a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.

Teacher Guide: Black Holes

 

The Little Star that Could

Little Star is an average yellow star, searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. Pairs with the Early Learning program Stars & Shapes Forever.

Teacher Guide: The Little Star that Could

 

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

All rookies report to class! Join Rusty Rocket on his final mission as he takes a new class of rocket rookies on an introductory tour of the solar system. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them.

Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.

Teacher Guide: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!

 

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration! Using exciting, real-life projects like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission, the show highlights spacecraft engineering, the lifecycles of a space mission from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations.

Teacher Guide: Inside NASA

 

Destination Mars

Destination Mars

Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? NASA – and others – have their sights set on the Red Planet and they’re building the technology to get us there! Destination Mars: The New Frontier gives you an up-close look at humanity’s most epic endeavor. Explore the work being done around the globe to help make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality. Fly through the International Space Station, where astronauts are already living and working in space, and follow the rockets and vehicles that will take humans beyond the Moon and, one day, all the way to Mars! Travel along as we imagine this remarkable journey. This film is narrated by former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison and Emmy-award winning actor Keith David and includes original music by Claudio Ragazzi, a Grammy Award-winning professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

 

 

Season of Light

Season of Light

Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It's an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem". Season of Light is a specialty program with an emphasis on astronomical and cultural themes related to the holiday season. Its educational impact is achieved through a set of multidisciplinary ideas woven throughout the program that help relate different holiday traditions and astronomy to the lives of students, families, and the general public.

 

Astronaut

Astronaut

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him.

 

Extreme Planets

Extreme Planets

For centuries, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the Universe. Now, we are finally one step closer to knowing the answer. With the discovery in 1995 of the first planet orbiting another star, we now know that planets are not unique to our own Solar System. In fact, these extrasolar planets now appear to be quite common. Extreme Planets explores what makes a planet “Earth-like” in the first place and takes a fulldome tour of several worlds that just might fit the conditions we’re looking for. From water worlds to molten landscapes, inhabitable moons to planets with multiple suns, these exotic worlds aren’t just science fiction anymore!

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, 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. Chaperones are require to have paid seats in the Planetarium and for Live Theater.

All completed reservations will receive a confirmation and an invoice. If you did not receive these forms please follow up to make sure the reservation was completed. Confirmations contain important information for your visit including bus parking and Museum rules. Please distribute this information to all chaperones and bus drivers.

If you must cancel your field trip, please email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov 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.

Please Note: 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.

The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for your visit, please contact Diane Watson at (609) 292-5420.

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. Food and drink, including water bottles, are not permitted in the gallery spaces.

Groups may reserve Riverview Court in advance for brown bag lunches. Contact reservations email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov.

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.

Group Payments are required 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. Groups must pay in one transaction, we do not accept deposits or individual payments. Groups providing a PO within the 2 week deadline will be able to pay in full directly after the field trip date. We accept checks made out to Treasurer, State of New Jersey and mailed to PO Box 530, Trenton NJ 08625 or credit card payment over the phone. We cannot accept credit card payments in person the day of the trip.

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.

Safety Guidelines
In accordance with the State of New Jersey’s updated guidelines, general masking is not required but recommended based on the CDC’s Community Level data. The Museum’s community is Mercer County.

Guidance for all Community Levels is as follows:

Risk Level Recommendations
Low Wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.
Medium Wear a mask if you are immunocompromised or otherwise at high risk for severe illness.
High Wear a mask indoors in public, regardless of vaccination status or individual risk.

Masks will be available free of charge to both Chaperones and Students upon request.

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, drop off lunches and bags in the available bins at the main entrance, and use the restroom.

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 with entrances on West State Street.

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 Virtual Field Trip Kits or Ask the Experts virtual science talks. This option is great for cutting travel costs in field trip planning or can also be used as a pre or post visit activity. 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-4th grade or
  • “Dinosaurs and Deception” A paleontology feud of epic proportions for grades 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.

New and Improved! Sculpture art project – a classroom kit with a variety of supplies for your students to choose which kind of sculpture they will create. Will it be kinetic? Nature inspired? Use recyclable materials? Students build on knowledge gained from the pre-recorded tour to create their own masterpiece.
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-4th grade or
  • “A Resilient People” Lenape cultural changes in the face of colonization and hardship for grades 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 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: $5 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 found here, and what they tell us about the lifestyle of New Jersey’s first people.

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.

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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