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)

Planetarium Public Schedule

Planetarium - Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon.
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.
Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars.

The largest planetarium in New Jersey, it seats 150 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport an audience to any astronomical destination.

Now featuring state-of-the-art Full DomeVideo, visitors will feel the sensation of zooming through the Solar System and beyond. The Planetarium offers something for everyone; with both traditional sky and laser programs, it is the only planetarium of its kind in New Jersey.

Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

General Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps and birthday parties welcome. For more information, call (609) 292-6464.
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 there are special weekday shows offered to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.
Saturday and Sunday - April 9 through July 3, 2016
Planetarium - One World One Sky Video Frame
12 Noon
One World, One Sky
12 noon

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure begins on Sesame Street when Elmo's friend, Hu Hu Zhu, visits from China. Big Bird, Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu take viewers on an exciting discovery of the sun, moon, and stars. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon where they learn that the Moon is a very different place from the Earth.

Recommended for ages 3-6 with adults.
Planetarium - Magic Tree House: Space Mission Video Frame
1:00 pm
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
1:00 pm

A mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with Magic Tree House® book series fans of all ages and school audiences.

Suitable for families with young children preschool and up.
Planetarium - Asteroid: Mission Extreme Video Frame
2:00 pm
Asteroid: Mission Extreme
2:00 pm

Asteroid: Mission Extreme takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds. Explore what it would take for astronauts to reach an asteroid and how such an adventure could benefit humankind.

Suitable for general audiences
Planetarium - Laser Magic! Video Frame
3:00 pm
Laser Magic!
3:00 pm

The latest laser art and music come together in a sensational, eye-popping show that will have your heart thumping and your feet tapping! Our newest show features the music of sizzling stars, both past and present, choreographed in brilliant laser light. Our laser system illuminates the full dome in millions of dazzling colors, floating beams for an immersive audio-visual experience that’s fun for the entire family!
Family Star-Gazing - Friday, May 13, and Friday, May 27, 2016
Planetarium - Family Star Gazing
Simpson Observatory
Washington Crossing State Park, NJ
8:00 pm, FREE

Join Bill Murray of the NJSM Planetarium staff along with the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton (AAAP) on Friday, May 13 and Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8 pm for an evening of sky observing. Join us as we view craters on the moon, the planets Mars and Jupiter through AAAP high computerized telescopes.

The AAAP and the Museum staff will be there to assist and answer all astronomy related questions. Please visit the Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton web site for a downloadable map with directions to the Simpson Observatory. Weather Permitting.
Birthday Blast Off Invitation

Shows and times are subject to change.