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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

One World, One Sky
January 11/12 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Small Explorers Series
January 17/18 2020

Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Toolmakers

Stars
January 18/19 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Laser Space Chase
January 25/26 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Black Holes
February 1/2 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

One World, One Sky
February 8/9 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Small Explorers Series
February 14/15 2020

Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Freedom Rings

Stars
February 15/16 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Laser Space Chase
February 22/23 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

Black Holes
February 29 & March 1 2020

Planetarium Shows

12:00 pm  Stars
1:00 pm  One World, One Sky
2:00 pm  Laser Space Chase
3:00 pm  Black Holes

The Little Star That Could
March 7/8 2020

Planetarium Shows

Dinosaurs at Dusk
March 14/15 2020

Planetarium Shows

Small Explorers Series
March 20/21 2020

Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Wonder Women

Wildest Weather in the Solar System
March 21/22 2020

Planetarium Shows

Stars
March 28/29 2020

Planetarium Shows

The Little Star That Could
April 4/5 2020

Planetarium Shows

Dinosaurs at Dusk
April 11 2020

Planetarium Shows

Dark Universe
December 14 - 17 2020

Weekday Planetarium Shows

10:30 am  One World, One Sky
11:30 am  Dinosaurs at Dusk
1:30 pm  Dark Universe

Mad Science
April 16 2020

Mad Science: Up, Up and Away

12:30 pm

This spellbinding special event introduces children to the principles of air and pressure. Children see an incredible exothermic reaction take place and even get the chance to watch a hovercraft in action!

Small Explorers Series
April 17/18 2020

Small Explorers Series

2 pm

FREE
Discovery Den

Our theme is Feathered Friends

Wildest Weather in the Solar System
April 18/19 2020

Planetarium Shows

Stars
April 25/26 2020

Planetarium Shows

Mad Science Logo
June 25 2020

Mad Science: Fire and Ice

11:15 am

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments. The event includes foggy dry ice storms and mind boggling vanishing paper. Kids are amazed by sizzling, shivering scissors and special bubbly showers!

Academy of Natural Sciences
July 9 2020

Academy of Natural Sciences: Fur, Feathers and Scales

11:15 am

Why do animals have fur, feathers, or scales? Learn about the importance of animal coverings, and investigate adaptations while discovering some of the basic differences between mammals, birds, and reptiles. Be sure to visit the exhibit Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse before or after the show.

Fine Feathered Friends
Juy 18 2020

Take a photo with local live bird celebrities

 

Fine Famous Feathered Friends: Take a photo with local live bird celebrities Noah the Bald Eagle of the Philadelphia Eagles and Stella the Great Horned Owl of Temple University at an event for sports fans and bird lovers alike! Talk one on one with their amazing handlers from the Elmwood Park Zoo, then stay for curator-led tours of the Fine Feathered Friends exhibit. FREE; for all ages.

Upcoming Events

Scout Days

Scouting Archaeology, Astronomy & Geology
During Scouting Geology and Archaeology sessions, you learn about the earth and the history of its human inhabitants from the Museum’s geologists, paleontologists, and archaeologists and find out what these professionals do. Museum staff will be on hand to guide you through the State Museum’s collection of specimens, tools and maps. Don’t forget to bring your own collections if required for your badge.

In Scouting Astronomy, you will explore the constellations and how to find them in different seasons, as well as learn to use the Big Dipper to pinpoint the North Star. You will also learn to read star maps and locate stars of different colors.

Participation will assist you in fulfilling many of the requirements for badges and other programs in Scouting.

In 2020, Astronomy & Geology sessions will be held on Saturday, May 2 and Archaeology & Astronomy on Saturday, October 17. See Registration Form for details. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Cash payments cannot be accepted.

For more information, please call (609) 292-8594 or (609) 984-3846, weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Registration Form

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month we explore a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. It’s held the third weekend of each month, on Friday at 2:00 pm, and Saturday at 10:00 am & 12:00 noon in the Discovery Den. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact Kerry.Scott@sos.nj.gov. NOTE: Registration requests must be received by 10:00 am the Friday before the event in order to allow time for staff to confirm space availability.

Registration Form

Upcoming Program Themes

January - Toolmakers
February - Freedom Rings
March - Wonder Women
April - Feathered Friends
May - Dinosaurs!
June - How do our Gardens Grow?

Take a photo with local live bird celebrities

Fine Feathered Friends

July 18, 2020

Fine Famous Feathered Friends: Take a photo with local live bird celebrities Noah the Bald Eagle of the Philadelphia Eagles and Stella the Great Horned Owl of Temple University at an event for sports fans and bird lovers alike! Talk one on one with their amazing handlers from the Elmwood Park Zoo, then stay for curator-led tours of the Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse exhibit. FREE; for all ages.

Live Theater at New Jersey State Museum!

Join us on select dates and experience live theater in our Auditorium. Performances are guaranteed to amaze and inspire!

Admission is $5 per person; payment is cash only at the door.

Groups of 15 or more must reserve seats in advance to receive the Group rate of $3 per person. Call 609-292-1382 or email NJSM.Reservations@sos.nj.gov to make your Group reservation. Payments for Groups must be made in advance by check, cash or credit card.

Spring Break Show – April 16, 12:30 pm Mad Science: Up, Up and Away
Summer Show – June 25, 11:15 am Mad Science: Fire and Ice
Summer Show – July 9, 11:15 am Academy of Natural Sciences: Fur, Feathers and Scales

Event Rentals

The New Jersey State Museum is a wonderful setting for your special event with changing exhibits that can provide a unique backdrop for any occasion. The Museum is ideally located in the State Capital Complex in Trenton, and offers a one-of-a-kind venue with incredible architecture and beautiful views of the Delaware River. For rates and availability, please view our rental information or email Rentals.NJSM@sos.nj.gov.

Available Rental spaces:

First Floor West Gallery
Riverview Court

This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.

Auditorium
Auditorium

The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.

Additional rental spaces

 

 

 


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