Contact the NJ State Museum
New Jersey Department of State
205 W. State Street
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625


Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us

New Jersey State Museum Enrichment Experiences

Enhance your trip to the Museum with presentations from our expert curatorial staff or hands-on interactive programs from our educators. Students are able to ask questions, see real artifacts, and learn from some of the leading experts in their fields!

Programs meet NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science, Social Studies and Art. Advance registration is required. For reservations call (609) 292-6347 or (609) 292-1382

Presentations by NJSM Curators
Located in our Auditorium, students can meet a real working scientist and learn about what they do. Recommended for students in grades 4-12, these programs work best for groups of 50 or more.
Dinosaurs of New Jersey
$3 per person, Grades: 2-8
Core Curriculum Content Standards:
Science (5.1, 5.2, 5.3), English Language Arts (RI, SL)
Learn all about the world of dinosaurs – including the Tyrannosaurus Rex – that once dominated New Jersey's prehistoric habitats. Special focus will be on New Jersey’s two most famous dinosaurs, Hadrosaurus Foulkii and Dryptosaurus. Hadrosaurus was the most complete dinosaur skeleton unearthed anywhere in the world when it was discovered and scientifically documented in 1858. Hadrosaurus Foulkii became the official State dinosaur of New Jersey in 1991. The Dryptosaurus was discovered in Barnesboro, New Jersey, and is the second nearly complete dinosaur skeleton found anywhere in the world. Students will see illustrations of these giants, as well as casts taken directly from the dinosaurs’ bones.
Archaeology in New Jersey
$3 per person, Grades: 4-12
Core Curriculum Content Standards:
Science (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4),
Social Studies (6.1), and Language Arts (RI, SL)
Students will get an overview of the most significant historic and pre-historic sites in the state from the Assistant Curator of Archaeology and Ethnography. Students will understand how the changing environment created habitats for both animals and people. They will explore artifacts that illustrate how early inhabitants lived, worked and hunted for food. Students will also learn about how to become an archaeologist.
Becoming a Natural Scientist
$3 per person, Grades: 5-12
Core Curriculum Content Standards: Science (5.3, 5.4),
21st Century Life & Careers (9.3, 9.4)
and English Language Arts (RI, SL)
What does it take to be a scientist? Curiosity is number one! The more scientists discover about the world, the more questions they have. Students get a sneak peek into the work of natural scientists within the five major branches: chemistry, astronomy, earth science, physics and biology. Students will also learn about the Museum’s extensive natural science collection and how scientists and researchers regularly use this collection for their work. Finally, they will be able to meet the Museum’s curators and ask questions about their jobs, research and field work.
Hands-on Learning
Located in the Learning Center, students will explore science, history and art through themed lessons with hands-on activities. Recommended for students in grades K-5, space is limited to 30 students per program. Combined with a gallery tour or scavenger hunt larger groups may split up and rotate.
Cultural Connections: Delaware Lenape Block Stamped Baskets
$3 per person, Grades: 2-5
Core Curriculum Content Standards: Visual
& Performing Arts (1.2, 1.3), Social Studies (6.1)
and English Language Arts (RI, SL)
Native people adapted to their environment by using natural resources to produce necessary objects. Compare and contrast a variety of baskets from different cultures. By examining authentic Delaware block stamped baskets, students will begin to understand the artistic and cultural significance of the baskets and how the designs changed as they began to trade with European explorers and settlers. Students will practice weaving and decorating their own block stamped design.
Reading Portraits: Hidden Meanings
$3 per person, Grades: 1-4
Core Curriculum Content Standards: Visual &
Performing Arts (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4)
and English Language Arts (RI, SL)
Portraits come in all mediums – screen printed, photography, oil and watercolor to name a few. Students will be able to identify a variety of styles and understand what makes them all portraits. Portraits not only show a person’s likeness, they often display important clues about their life. Through the practice of Visual Thinking Strategies, students will focus on a couple of examples to find the hidden messages and learn to look for clues in all portraits. With this knowledge they will be able to make their own portraits.
Pretty Big Things: New Jersey Industry and Innovation
$3 per person, Grades: 2-5
Core Curriculum Content Standards: Visual &
Performing Arts (1.2), Social Studies (6.1)
Technology (8.1, 8.2) and English Language Arts (RI, SL)
The history of New Jersey is a story of Industry and Innovation, from the early days of harvesting natural resources like whale oil and iron to inventions that defined the state and the nation including the Campbell’s Soup Condensing process and Edison’s Laboratory. Students will also learn about design innovation from Trenton Pottery to Craftsman Furniture. What does it mean to be an innovator? How did these famous New Jerseyans learn to “think differently?”
NJSM Early Learning Resources
Created especially for preschool and pre-K, these programs are designed to teach science, history and art through creative play, crafts, stories and song. All early learning programs are FREE. Reservations required. Contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or Kerry.scott@sos.state.nj.us Space is limited to 30 students per program. Programs meet NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards as well as Head Start Domains.
Backyard Tweets: How New Jersey Wildlife Communicates
FREE
Young scientists launch their studies by investigating the world around them-beginning in their own backyard! Using specimens from the Museum’s natural history collection, children will learn how New Jersey’s wildlife communicates through sound, body language, scent, and color. This hands-on, interactive program features object based learning techniques as well as music, dance, imaginative play, and American Sign Language. Each child will have the opportunity to create a musical instrument that imitates one of New Jersey’s endangered species!

This program meets NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards: Science, World Languages, Health, Safety, Physical Education, and Visual & Performing Arts
Paint me a Story
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
~ Pablo Picasso.
FREE
Every child is also a storyteller, using both pictures and words to spin their tales. Art and storytelling go hand in hand, as visual literacy promotes both print literacy and language development. Young children learn to “read” objects and images long before they learn to read words. This open-ended workshop engages young children with art by giving them the opportunity to create and perform stories using pieces from American Perspectives, The Fine Art Collection. They will explore color, themes, and feelings in different settings, from a vibrant music lesson in the city to a quiet morning in the woods. In the second half of the program, each child will create their own artwork about one of the stories they told. Participating schools have the option of having their student’s artwork and stories bound into a booklet as a class memento.

This program meets NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Standards: Social and Emotional Development, Visual & Performing Arts, Language Arts Literacy, Social Studies, Family, & Life skills. And covers Head Start Domains in Social & Emotional Development, Creative Arts Expression, Language Development, Literacy, and approaches to learning.

Bus stipends are available for qualifying schools. Please contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or kerry.scott@sos.state.nj.us for more information or to make a reservation.
Spending, Sharing and Saving: All About Money
FREE
The New Jersey State Museum, in partnership with PNC Grow Up Great, has created a workshop designed to teach children these basic financial concepts through object based learning. Children will learn about Spending, Sharing and Saving using objects in the Museum's collection including Native American wampum.

This program meets NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Expectations in Social/Emotional Development (exp. 4, 6), Creative Arts (exp. 4), Health, Safety & Physical Education (exp. 5), Language Arts/Literacy (exp. 1), Social Studies, Family & Life skills (exp. 4), and Mathematics (exp. 1).

PNC Grow Up Great Financial Education for Preschoolers is made possible by a grant from the PNC Foundation

Bus stipends are available for qualifying schools. Please contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or kerry.scott@sos.state.nj.us for more information or to make a reservation.
Jobs: Families at Work
FREE
In this follow up to Spending, Sharing and Saving: All About Money, children will learn about the concept of earning. Jobs: Families at Work incorporates music, poetry, storytelling and object-based learning games to teach the role and importance of different jobs in the community. This program uses objects from the Museum's art, cultural and natural history collections, including dinosaur fossils.

This program meets NJ Preschool Teaching & Learning Expectations in Social/Emotional Development (exp. 4, 6), Creative Arts (exp. 4), Health, Safety & Physical Education (exp. 5), Language Arts/Literacy (exp. 1), Social Studies, Family & Life skills (exp. 4), and Mathematics (exp. 1).

PNC Grow Up Great Financial Education for Preschoolers is made possible by a grant from the PNC Foundation

Bus stipends are available for qualifying schools. Please contact Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487 or kerry.scott@sos.state.nj.us for more information or to make a reservation.