As a center of cultural, educational, and scientific engagement, the New Jersey State Museum inspires innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context, fosters state pride, and serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders.
Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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Follow the Drinking Gourd
Feb 24 & 25, 11 am

In recognition of Black History Month, the New Jersey State Museum Planetarium presents “Follow the Drinking Gourd”. This NJSM original production is set during the time of slavery in the United States. It explains how slaves used the Big Dipper, also known as the Drinking Gourd, to find the North Star (Polaris). Join us as we follow a family that uses this celestial navigation along the Underground Railroad to reach freedom. Best suited for children over seven.
March 10, 11 am – 3 pm

Celebrate NJ Makers Day at the Museum! Explore the history of steam trains in NJ, build a train & engineer a trestle bridge, create train art, and more! Are you a Girl Scout? You can earn a special Makers Day fun patch at this event!

The New Jersey State Museum Foundation is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2018. As we reflect on the last 50 years of service to the New Jersey State Museum, we know that our success is made possible through generosity and commitment from our donors, members and advocates. We will commemorate this important milestone with activities and events that highlight the collaborative relationship between the Museum, the Foundation and our supporters. Stay tuned for more information on what we have planned!
September 16 - August 19, 2018
East Gallery

This new exhibition showcases artifacts that were used to stir patriotism and support the cause of war.
On view through August 19, 2018
East Gallery, Central

Part of the Museum’s commemoration of America’s entry into WWI, the exhibition showcases paintings, drawings, and prints by twenty-three artists who experienced the frontlines of World War I.
Hearth & Home
October 7 – September 9, 2018
2nd Floor, Riverside Gallery

This family-friendly exhibition will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the homes and home life of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and other environments all across North America.
Mosasaurus maximus
Coming May 1

Two more life-size fossil casts! Introducing New Jersey’s own Mosasaurus maximus and Hadrosaurus foulkii!
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

Museum Shop
Tuesday - Saturday
10 am to 4 pm
Sunday, Noon to 4 pm

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
Whellchair AccessibilityAll facilities are accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
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