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

New Shows Debut at State Planetarium in September

Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey State Museum is pleased to announce the addition of two new shows to the Planetarium schedule: The Moon, for children through age 8, and Áróra, an award-winning film about the science and beauty of auroras for general audiences. The new shows will premiere on the schedule beginning September 2.

The Moon teaches young children about the Earth and the Moon, and how observations can help us better understand the world around us. Áróra is an immersive full-dome show that transports audiences to Iceland to learn the story of the aurora, the northern and southern lights. The audience voyages through time and space to find out how auroras are caused by the Sun, how Earth’s auroras have siblings across the solar system, and how different cultures have explained this majestic and mysterious phenomenon. Áróra will be shown in 8K resolution, taking advantage of the full potential of the planetarium.

“Our newest programming was chosen with the Museum’s motto, ‘Inspiration. On Display,’ in mind,” explains Dr. Jacob Hamer, Planetarium Assistant Curator, of his selection process. “I chose The Moon to ensure that our youngest audiences are inspired to learn more about astronomy through an experience that teaches them how to observe the world around them – a skill of great importance in our complex world! Our other new show, Áróra, will captivate audiences of all ages. So many people dream of seeing the aurora just once in their lives. When watching Áróra, you can almost believe you’re seeing it for real, and you can’t help but be inspired by its beauty.”

Planetarium programs will be shown Saturdays and Sundays in September. The schedule with show times and descriptions is on the Museum’s website, Tickets for each show must be purchased at the Planetarium box office on the day of the show; the box office opens 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $9 for seniors. The Museum also participates in the Families First Discovery Pass program.

The New Jersey State Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm; closed on all State holidays. General admission is free. For additional information visit, like the Museum’s Facebook page (@NJStateMuseum), and follow us on Twitter (njstatemuseum), Instagram (nj_statemuseum) and YouTube (@newjerseystatemuseum1895).

About the New Jersey State Museum

Located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, the New Jersey State Museum encompasses three buildings including a state-of-the-art Planetarium and holds over 2 million artifacts in its collections in Archaeology/Ethnography, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History. The New Jersey State Museum is a center for the exploration of science, history and the arts. We preserve and share stories that inspire curiosity and creativity for the enrichment of our communities.

About the New Jersey State Museum Foundation

The New Jersey State Museum Foundation was founded in 1968 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) to support the Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs through fundraising, volunteerism, advocacy and marketing. In recent years, the Foundation has received generous support from the PNC Foundation, NJM Insurance Group, Department of State/New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Council for the Humanities, The Henry Luce Foundation, The Capstone Foundation and Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Foundation also operates the Museum membership program, as well as the Museum Shop which sells merchandise related to the Museum's exhibitions and collections, and New Jersey history and culture. Proceeds support the New Jersey State Museum's collections, exhibitions and programs.


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