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
Special Events and Family Activities
Keep up to date with monthly special events, drop in programs and exhibit openings by checking our Program Calendar. Three times a year we offer a SMASH event. Each SMASH event has a theme and explores the fascinating intersection of science, art and history. Visitors discover an array of hands-on activities, experiments, and demonstrations, meet the Museum’s experts and examine our collections through the lens of science. For information on our SMASH Series – Spectacularly Merging Art, Science and History! Visit the SMASH page.
6th annual Halloween Spooktacular: Spooky Science!
Spooky Science!
October 29, 2017 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Science gets spooky at this annual event. Come in costume and participate in the contest! Prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three age categories.

10:00 - 3:00 FREE Slime making and other spooky activities in Riverview Court.
10:00 – 12:15 Sign up for the costume contest
12:45 Costume contest in the Auditorium
1:30 FREE interactive stage performance from Mad Science in the Auditorium
1:00 & 2:00 Laser Halloween in the Planetarium FREE

New Jersey State Museum participates in Art All Day
November 4, 2017 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Join us for drop-in art making activities in the Imagination Studio to celebrate Art All Day in Trenton. For more information on other Art All Day activities visit www.artworkstrenton.org.
Discovery Den
Discovery Den
Visit our natural sciences play space, designed just for families with children ages 0-8. Explore nature in New Jersey through touchable specimens, games, books, puppets, costumes and more! Adult supervision in this self-guided space is required.
Small Explorers Guides
Available in the Visitor Lobby, Discovery Den and some gallery spaces, Small Explorers Museum Family Guides are designed with children ages 0-5 in mind. Each page highlights an object in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Families are welcome to take these guides home, they also includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home.
Small Explorers
Small Explorers Series – NEW!
Small Explorers Series

Held the third Saturday of each month, 10:00 am in the Discovery Den, 2nd floor For children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers

Explore the Museum with your baby, toddler or preschooler! Each month the Small Explorers series explores a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. Each program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly at 10:00 am. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 am. The program is FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. For more information or to register contact Kerry.Scott@sos.nj.gov. Be sure to stay for the 11:00 am Planetarium show, specially chosen for little space explorers.

Upcoming Program Themes
October
Fall Harvest
November
Native American Traditions
December
Snow!
January
Animal Hibernation
February
African American Artists
March
Dinosaurs!
April
Space!
May
Green and Growing
June
Explore the Garden State
Trenton Makes Words
Trenton Makes WORDS!
Trenton Makes—Words! is a free vocabulary program to get Trenton children ages 0-5 ready for kindergarten.

Our sessions foster fun, interactive experiences between parents/caregivers and children ages 0-5 and provide tips to enhance verbal interaction in your daily routine. These learning opportunities complement your parenting efforts to make sure your children have the learning and social skills they’ll need when they begin kindergarten. Visit our website to choose the location day and time that works best for you.
To learn more about these and other new programs for Trenton parents and children ages 0-5 visit www.TrentonMakesWords.org or “like” our Facebook page.