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)
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Drop-In Family Activities

Adults and Families can drop in for special events and gallery activities that bring the collections to life. From storytime to gallery activity carts to big public events, there is always something new to discover at the New Jersey State Museum!

Special Events
2015 Trenton Ceramics Symposium
Saturday, April 18 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
America Through My Eyes: YOU Be the Artist!
Saturday, April 25th 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All ages are invited to be inspired by the exhibit, America Through Artist’s Eyes and make their own art! We supply a variety of materials to create your own masterpiece reflecting your American Experience. This drop-in art making studio is open 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the Lower Level Classroom.
Look for Scavenger Hunts at the information desk upon arrival at the museum. We have many themes to choose from so your family can make a game out of visiting all of the galleries for clues! Look for in-gallery activities located throughout the museum including a Natural History Journal, making your own state seal, decorating a Paleolithic pot and much more!
Every Thursday:
Join us for hands-on fun at our Museum Activity Cart every Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Cart themes and activities change often but always have fun, hands-on lessons related to the Museum’s collections. Cart activities are designed for families with children ages 5 and up. Call or email Terri Barlow to find out the theme of the week, 609-292- 1382 or
Story Time
Join us on the 3rd weekend of every month for a story and a craft activity. Stories relate to current exhibits and collections and are always entertaining. Crafts are simple and a great way to remember the fun you had at the Museum! Story time starts at 2:00 pm and is designed for families with children ages 4 to 8. For more information contact Terri Barlow at 609-292-1382 609-292-1382 or
Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt
April 18 and 19

In honor of International Astronomy Day coming up on April 25, this picture book biography tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921). She discovered more than 2,400 variable stars in addition to the "yardstick to the universe" used to make discoveries that changed the study of our galaxy and the universe. Kids will learn more about the stars with a take home craft. Don’t forget to visit the Planetarium for a show that is out of this world!
A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippen
May 16 and 17

This award winning picture book tells the story of local artist Horace Pippen. From the time he was a child Horace loved to draw but he didn’t become well known until much later in life. Today museums in Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and many more have collected his work. You can see one of his pieces right here in this Museum!
Sandy’s Circus
June 20 and 21

Alexander Calder (or Sandy to his friends) is most famous for his sculptures including his kinetic mobile sculptures. This is the story of one of his first projects, a magical, moveable wire circus. Celebrate creativity and engineering with this fascinating tale of a man and his joyous art. Don’t forget to visit the Calder pieces in the Museum’s collection, the large steel sculpture in front of the building and the mobile in the Fine Art gallery.
Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing
July 18 and 19

This beautiful picture book tells the story of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. Built by the Roebling family of Trenton, NJ, using steel cables manufactured in New Jersey this bridge was an amazing feet of engineering. So amazing, the public was not convinced it was sound. Enter P.T. Barnum, creator of the “Biggest Show on Earth”. Barnum set out to prove the bridge was safe by parading 21 elephants across (and promoting his circus of course). Learn more about 19th century New Jersey with a visit to the Pretty Big Things gallery.
My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey
August 15 and 16

This book tells the story of collage artist Romare Bearden growing up in North Carolina and moving to New York City as part of the Great Migration. Bearden’s childhood journey, reflected often in his work is brought to life in this beautifully written story by Jeanne Walker Harvey. The illustrations, by Elizabeth Zunon, incorporate illustration and collage to compliment the style of Romare Bearden. Try your hand a collage art and visit the Fine Art gallery to see an original Romare Bearden piece.