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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The Museum is closed to the public until further notice.

Pretty Big Things

Visit The Museum

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.

Museum Hours

Main Museum Building
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Sunday: 9 am to 4:45 pm
Galleries begin closing at 4:30 pm

Closed Mondays & State Holidays

Auditorium Galleries
205 West State Street, Trenton
Tuesday – Friday: 9 am to 4:45 pm
Galleries begin closing at 4:30 pm

Closed Mondays & State Holidays

Museum Admission

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.

Planetarium Admission
Adults: $7.00
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.

Accessibility

Accessibility Logo All facilities are accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.

We’ve Missed You!

Guided tours are not available at this time. We hope to resume group tours when the Museum reopens. In the meantime, your group can sign up for one of our #MuseumFromHome programs to interact with Museum experts and learn more about the Museum’s collection and research. Programs are free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Custom Live Science Talk

Your group may also schedule a live session with one of our Museum experts which includes a presentation followed by interactive Q&A. You choose Google Meet or Zoom and a meeting link will be sent to you to share with your group. There is a maximum of 30 people per live program. Choose from two Ask the Experts programs or a Live Night Sky Talk.

Ask the Experts: Fossil Hunters in New Jersey

$75.00 (NJSM Foundation members receive 10% discount)
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.

Ask the Experts: People of the Past, Archaeology in New Jersey

$75.00 (NJSM Foundation members receive 10% discount)
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.

Live Night Sky Talk

$50.00 (NJSM Foundation members receive 10% discount)
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 njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov to order. Payment is due when you place your order. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan

Directions

Map - Directions to the New Jersey State Museum - Link - https://www.google.com/maps/place/205+W+State+St,+Trenton,+NJ+08608/@40.225253,-74.771032,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c159d104138db5:0

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