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)
Special Events and 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!

Small Explorers Museum Family Guides Look for Scavenger Hunts on the wall in the Visitor Lobby upon your arrival to the Museum. We have several themes to choose from so your family can make a game out of visiting all 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!

Also available in the Visitor Lobby and the Discovery Den are Small Explorers Museum Family Guides. Designed with children ages 0-5 in mind, these picture cards depict objects in the collection along with questions to help our youngest visitors learn new words, explore and observe. Each card includes a recommended book you can find at your local library and an activity you can do at home.

Trenton Makes WORDS!
Trenton Makes—Words! is a community partnership between the New Jersey State Museum, The Children’s Home Society, and the Trenton Community Music School.

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 or “like” our Facebook page.
Join us on the 3rd weekend of every month for a story and a craft activity. Story time is always at 2:00 pm. 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 is designed for families with children ages 3 to 8. For more information contact Jeffrey Arico at (609) 292-1382.
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum
May 20 and 21, 2017

Learn what it takes to display a dinosaur. Children delight in the repetition and explore the many different people it takes from paleontologists to conservationists to curators. Visit our own working Paleo Lab and make a dino craft to take home.
June 17 and 18, 2017

This classic tale and Caldecott Honor award winner from famed children’s book author Leo Lionni is a delightful way to welcome summer! Explore ocean life with Swimmy, the little black fish in a school of red fish. After the story, families can learn more about ocean life on the shores of New Jersey with activities throughout the Discovery Den. Make a fish craft to take home.
Small Explorers Series – NEW!

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 will examine a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. Each program is 30 to 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

Monthly Themes
Jersey Shore
Art Exploration
Fall Harvest
Native American Traditions
Animal Hibernation
African American Artists
Green and Growing
Explore the Garden State