Contact The NJ State Museum
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625
Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
Guided Exhibition Tours
Teachers have the option of reserving a Museum Guide to engage school groups while providing an in-depth and unique perspective on exhibitions and objects.
Guided visits are free and recommended for grades 2-12.
We can even tailor the tour to your specific learning objectives, mixed age group or special needs. For reservations call Melissa Kelly at (609) 292-6310.
Current Tours Available
American Art and Artists
Beginning in the American Perspectives exhibit, your students will see art by well-known artists including Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Roy Lichtenstein, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence and many more. Students will see the diversity of voices and visions found in 19th through 21st century American art and explore how world and US events (historical, political, cultural, etc.) impacted artists. Your group will end the visit with a walk through the current temporary visual arts exhibits, focused on New Jersey artists.
New Jersey History
Do you know which American presidents have historical ties to our state? Can you name the symbols found on the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey? Learn the answers to these big questions of New Jersey history in Pretty Big Things: Stories of New Jersey History. Students will also explore the current temporary cultural history exhibits, focused on specific stories from New Jersey’s past.
The Lenape in New Jersey
Beginning in New Jersey’s Original People, students explore the story of the migration of Paleoindians across New Jersey and how they adapted to the changing climate beginning 13,000 years ago. Students can become scientific investigators to uncover what early inhabitants ate. They can see Paleoindian tools and guess their modern counterparts. Students can even touch a variety of materials used for making pots. Groups continue through Cultures in Competition and A Much Moved People to learn the story of the Lenape up to and including the present day.
New Jersey’s Natural History
Earth and Life Science combine on a trip through billions of years of New Jersey natural history. See the oldest known rock in NJ found at Back Beach Park, Passaic County. Learn about the distinct NJ regions and their natural resources. Explore animals of all kinds from dinosaurs to birds you might find in your backyard today. This tour walks through Natural History Highlights as well as the current temporary natural history exhibits.
If you would prefer to tour the Museum on your own, we welcome self-directed groups. You do not need a reservation to visit the Museum, but if you plan on seeing a show or attending a lab, be sure to make reservations for those activities. You may also call ahead to find out how crowded the Museum will be when you visit, what your lunch options might be, or talk with an educator to help plan your trip.
When preparing for your self-directed visit, we recommend that you check our website to learn more about the exhibitions on display and download a Museum map or some in-gallery activities to do with your students. Be sure to make time for the Innovation Lab located in the Natural History Hall on level 2. Students can interact with working paleontologists and see fossils from NJSM’s yearly dino digs in Montana. If you have never visited before it’s a good idea to preview the Museum to plan your group activities. We are always free for teachers so you can stop by anytime you have a moment.