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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The State Museum is now open regular operating hours. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of 2.

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: $10.00
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 Logo All facilities are accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.

Welcome Back!

Groups are welcome at the Museum. 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 are by reservation only and will be available beginning April 6, 2022.

The Planetarium is temporarily closed for technology upgrades and will reopen for group reservations beginning Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Shows will be available Wednesday-Friday at 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 (609) 292-1382 or email

To purchase take-and-make activity kits for your group to make art, explore Lenape culture or identify fossils contact Reservations at (609)292-1382 or email Kits are available in bundles of 25; includes digital worksheets and instructions and are $75.00 per bundle. Kits can be picked up at the Museum during your visit.

Virtual Programs

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.

Ask the Experts: Fossil Hunters in New Jersey

$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.

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

$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.

Live Night Sky Talk

$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 to book a program. Payment is due 2 weeks before your program. We accept checks, credit cards or purchase orders.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan


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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 to find dining options.

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