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.
Please consider filling one of the many volunteer opportunities within the New Jersey State Museum or help us to find qualified people to fill our ranks.
Have you ever wanted to take a deep dive into Art History, Archaeology, NJ History or Paleontology? This intensive, 8-session weekly class can get you there! The course includes behind-the-scenes tours and conversations with curators and staff about our collections and exhibitions. Graduates of the course are invited (but not required) to become one of our highly regarded docents; sharing knowledge with the Museum public. This program will be hosted online through digital interfacing, with on-site experiences built-in to the curriculum, and we encourage independent exploration of the museum any time it is open to the public.
We offer this program twice yearly with the winter session beginning in February. Sign up now to secure your spot!
Winter Session begins February 16:
January- Registration Opens
February-March - 8 week training
April - Graduation
Winter Session Sign-Up
Summer Session begins July 6:
June – Registration Opens
July-August - 8 week training
September - Graduation
Summer Session Sign-Up
Museum Educators will work closely with school groups that visit the New Jersey State Museum. Museum Educators will provide guided tours of the Museum's exhibits and be able to point-out elements that would be of interest to school-age children. Ideally, Museum Educators should have a background or a degree in early childhood education (K-12) and a comfort level with speaking to groups of 20 to 30 children or leading object-based classroom exercises. Exhibit-specific training will be provided.
The New Jersey State Museum is looking to re-establish its Docent Corps. Docents will receive exhibit-specific training so that they will be comfortable talking with the general public about an exhibit or a particular aspect of the exhibit. Depending on the number of available Docents and the size of the Museum's exhibits, Docents may be asked to interpret an entire exhibit or sections of the exhibit. Docents will be expected to provide a level of information that is more detailed than the printed materials - often providing information that "brings to life" a particular object or exhibit. Docents should be comfortable with speaking to small groups of 10 to 15 visitors.
Gallery Volunteers are an important part of the New Jersey State Museum. Gallery Volunteers serve to welcome the general public to the Museum and provide basic information such as the location of specific exhibits, public restrooms, hours of operation, etc. Gallery Volunteers will be stationed at the front doors and throughout the Museum - sometimes within galleries or covering a particular area of an exhibit. If a Gallery Volunteer is stationed within a gallery, exhibition-specific training will be provided.