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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State
Museum - Planetarium

Support The Museum

New Jersey State Museum Foundation

Since 1968, the New Jersey State Museum Foundation has supported the collections, exhibitions and educational programs of the Museum through volunteerism, advocacy and fundraising. Members participate in volunteer activities and enjoy a number of special benefits. In addition to a 10% discount on New Jersey State Museum Foundation Shop purchases, members also receive advance notice of events, priority registrations, discounts on trip registrations, eNews, and so much more. For more information about the New Jersey State Museum Foundation, contact:

New Jersey State Museum Foundation
P.O. Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625-0530

Become a Member

Members receive a variety of exclusive benefits plus, your membership ensures the State Museum continues to be a center of exploration of the rich cultural and scientific heritage of New Jersey. Members are part of our State Museum community and support experiences that spark curiosity and generate a lifetime of memories.

If your employer has a matching gift program, please remember to submit the necessary forms or information so you can double your contribution!

You can also purchase memberships at the Museum Shop during your visit.

Learn more about the many benefits our members enjoy and find the level that's right for you!


You can support the important work of the Foundation and the State Museum with a completely tax-deductible contribution. Your gift confirms your commitment to the preservation of our State’s treasures. You can choose to give a one-time donation or a monthly recurring gift. Your generosity will make an impact – thank you for your support!

Donate here!

The Foundation is also pleased to accept planned gifts through bequests. If you are interested in learning more about how you can be part of a legacy of giving, please call our office at (609) 292-2117.

New Jersey State Museum Foundation Board of Trustees

FY24/25 Board of Trustees
Jessica Moore - Board Chair
Milind Kamkolkar - Board Vice Chair
Rebecca Rinaldi - Board Treasurer
Hima Kher - Board Secretary

Marc Leibowitz - Finance Committee Lead
David Reiner - Governance Committee Lead
Marika Dunn - Development & Advocacy Co-Lead
Evan Schiff - Development & Advocacy Co-Lead
Karen Ali - Trustee
Margaret Hoisington - Trustee

New Jersey State Museum Foundation Staff

Karen Klink, Manager Retail Operations 609-826-3936
Melissa Mantz, Development and Membership Coordinator 609-292-2117


The New Jersey State Museum/Department of State has received generous support through the New Jersey State Museum Foundation for its collections, exhibitions and programs from the following Partners:

PNC Foundation
James Kerney Foundation
New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State
Princeton Area Community Foundation

Thank you to our Corporate Partner
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The Foundation has received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

New Jersey State Museum Volunteer

New Jersey State Museum Volunteer

Apply to become a volunteer!

Do you have a passion for Art, History and/or Science? Join us at the New Jersey State Museum for a volunteer experience like no other! We need dedicated volunteers to create meaningful experiences for our visitors in a variety of ways. We are looking for a diverse team of volunteers of all abilities, educational levels and backgrounds. To begin, complete an application available. Once we have the application we will select candidates to be interviewed for one of our limited positions.

If you have any questions or want to learn more contact Sabrina White, Educator, Volunteers and Outreach 609-292-6310 or

Volunteers can opt into participating in a variety of ways:

Gallery Interpretation

All volunteers participating in our Gallery Interpretation unit are required to attend a Master Class focused on providing an overview of the Museum’s collections, exhibits and introduction to curatorial staff. Once the class is complete, volunteers can select a collections focus for further research and tour/gallery presentation development.

Volunteers in this unit can choose to give tours, facilitate gallery cart experience, assist with field trip workshops or greet visitors.

Master Class training takes place at select times of the year; our staff will let you know when the next one is scheduled.

Event Volunteers

Volunteers looking for more casual experiences or those waiting to join the training for the Gallery Interpretation unit may choose to sign up to help out at Museum events. Events take place monthly and require volunteers to set up, clean up and teach station activities with minimal pre-event training. This option also works well for group volunteering.

Education Support Volunteers

Volunteers interested in a more “behind the scenes” experience can opt to help out with office research, organization, inventory and supply preparations for programs. Hours are flexible and the support is greatly appreciated to keep our public programs running smoothly!

Teen Volunteers

Teens, 14 years or older, who are interested in volunteering can fill out our teen volunteer application. Teen volunteers are able to work with the Bureau of Education to help with special events, programs, cart activities, story-times, and education support. Teens may volunteer for community service hours, the start and end dates for their volunteering must be disclosed in their application. The Volunteer Coordinator will reach out via email to those who are being considered for a short interview. If you have any questions, you may contact Sabrina White, Educator, Volunteers and Outreach at 609-292-6310 or




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