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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin

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Planetarium - Public

Soar into space in the New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium! The Planetarium regularly premieres new and exciting shows that feature state-of-the-art Full Dome Video and offers both traditional sky and full-spectrum laser programs. The Museum’s spacious, specially-designed reclining seats accommodate groups of up to 140, while dynamic and knowledgeable show presenters take the visitor zooming through the solar system with customized star talks.


For Planetarium Schedule please visit our Calendar page


Public Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps welcome.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break weekday shows are available to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

School/Group Visits:To schedule a school or group visit to the Planetarium, call (609) 292-1382 or email njsm.reservations@sos.nj.gov


Happy Birthday from the New Jersey State Museum!
Bring your child to the Planetarium for their birthday and receive a free gift! Just tell the box office when buying tickets and give them the birthday child’s first name. They will give your child the free gift and the Planetarium will announce the birthday before the show!
If you call 3 or more business days in advance, the Planetarium will also add a banner to the dome to celebrate! To add the banner, contact William Murray at 609-826-3940 or William.murray@sos.nj.gov


Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

Planetarium Programs

Stars!

Grades: 4 - 12

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars!

 

One World, One Sky

Grades: Pre-K to 1

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon, and stars!

Teacher Guide: One World, One Sky

 

Laser Space Chase

Grades: 1 - 5

Someone has stolen the Cosmic Lab’s latest invention! Will Lieutenant Photeus be dragged into a black hole as he pursues the culprit? Or will the villainous Captain Xenon be brought to Justice? A truly music-filled astronomical experience for all ages.

Laser 101 L-A-S-E-R is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Find out how lasers work from an excitable electron as he presents this enlightening demonstration.

 

Black Holes

Grades: 6 - 12

Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? This new program incorporates some of the most intense full dome visual effects ever created on the subject and includes a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.

Teacher Guide: Black Holes

 

 

Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon. The visor in his helmet shows a reflection of Astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon), taking this picture as well as one footpad of the Lunar Module Eagle and the United States flag planted next to it.

 


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