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.
Science. History. Art. With holdings of more than two million artifacts, explore collections in natural and cultural history, archaeology and ethnography, and fine art at the New Jersey State Museum. Take a tour, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy a lecture, see a planetarium show, interact with scientists working on real fossils, or browse the galleries. Get to know more about New Jersey and its place in the world!
The New Jersey State Museum is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, within walking distance of the State House. Overlooking the Delaware River, the Museum is midway between New York and Philadelphia.
Free parking is available on weekends in lots adjacent to the Museum and on the street in front of the Museum. Weekdays metered street parking is available, along with a limited number of free visitor spots in the nearby State House garage.
Address: 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
Main Museum Building
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am to 4:45 pm
Galleries begin closing at 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 4:45 pm
Show times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00
Visit the Calendar of Events for current show titles
Auditorium Galleries temporarily closed.
Closed Mondays & State Holidays
Museum general admission is free; donations to the New Jersey State Museum Foundation gratefully accepted. Foundation revenue supports the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and programs.
Children 12 and under: $5.00
Seniors 65 and over: $1 off
Members: $2.00 off per ticket
Groups of 15 or more: $5.00 per person
Planetarium tickets are purchased in the Planetarium Box Office, located on the lower level.
We participate in the Blue Star program (Memorial Day – Labor Day.) Active duty military members and up to four family members are admitted free with ID. Active duty Military members with ID are free year-round.
All facilities are accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
Groups are welcome at the Museum and Planetarium. If you are a school or homeschool group you can see all of our field trip options in our LEARN section. Admission to the Museum is free and you do not need advanced reservations to explore the galleries on your own. Guided tours and programs are by reservation only and will be available beginning April 6, 2022.
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:
The Planetarium is available Wednesday-Friday for groups by advanced reservation only with payment due two weeks before your visit. Show times during the week are 10am, 11am and 1pm. To reserve seats in the Planetarium for the group rate of $5.00 per person (groups of 15 or more) contact reservations at email email@example.com.
Groups may also attend public shows on Saturday and Sunday. We do not accept advanced reservations for public weekend shows but groups can pay on arrival at the box office. Show times are 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00, visit the Events Calendar for current show titles.
Groups arriving Tuesday-Friday may reserve Riverview Court in advance for brown bag lunches. Available lunch times are 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00. Contact reservations at email firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups arriving Saturday and Sunday may eat in Riverview Court on a first-come first-serve basis.
Extend your experience with a take-and-make activity kit for your group to make art, explore Lenape culture or identify fossils. Kits are available in bundles of 25 and include digital instructions for $75.00 per bundle. Kits can be picked up at the Museum during your visit. To purchase activity kits contact Reservations at email email@example.com.
Groups can schedule a live virtual session with one of our Museum experts before or after a visit. Virtual sessions include a presentation followed by interactive Q&A. You can invite our expert to your Zoom link or request a Zoom link from the Museum to share with your group. Choose from two different Ask the Experts programs or a Live Night Sky Talk.
$3.00 per person 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.
$3.00 per person 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.
$2.00 per person Let an expert astronomer walk you through the sky! Learn all about New Jersey’s night sky, and the constellations and planets you can observe. Live Night Sky talks typically last 20 minutes. When you book a Live Night Sky Talk, you’ll receive the link to stream the incredible show “To Space and Back”. Take a journey to the far reaches of our known universe! Share the story of human ingenuity and engineering, and the daily impacts of space travel on our lives. Show runs 45 minutes.
Call (609) 292-1382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a program. Payment is due 2 weeks before your program. We accept checks, credit cards or purchase orders.
While food services in the city are currently limited due to the impact of COVID-19, we invite you to pack snacks or lunch and have a picnic at the tables in front of the Museum. You can also visit the list of restaurants on Downtown Trenton's website https://www.trenton-downtown.com/listing-category/food to find dining options.