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 School Program Schedule

Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, beneath 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. All school presentations include a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.

$3 per person.
Advance Registration is required.
For reservations call (609) 292-1382.

School Planetarium Schedule - Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Magic Tree House: Space Mission
Grades: 1 to 4

In Magic Tree House® Space Mission, a mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. Aligned with early elementary information skills learning objectives, this beautifully-produced show is a winner with fans of all ages and school audiences alike.
School Planetarium Schedule - Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!
Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!
Grades: 1 to 5

All rookies report to class! Join Rusty Rocket on his final mission as he takes a new class of rocket rookies on an introductory tour of the solar system. Along the way, Rusty highlights the wide variety of environments in the solar system, the great distances between the planets, and the spacecraft that explore them.
School Planetarium Schedule - Laser Space Chase
Laser Space Chase
Grades: 1 to 5

Someone has stolen the Cosmic Lab’s latest invention! Will Lieutenant Photeus be dragged into a black hole as he pursues the culprit? Or will the villainous captain Xenon be brought to Justice? A truly music-filled astronomical experience for all ages. Show includes Laser 101
School Planetarium Schedule - Laser 101
Laser 101
Grades: 1 to 5

L-A-S-E-R is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Find out how lasers work from an excitable electron as he presents this enlightening demonstration.
School Planetarium Schedule - Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Grades: TBA

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; a fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds – veritable way stations in space – enabling us to cross the Solar System.
Popular Favorites
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - One World, One Sky
One World, One Sky
Grades: Pre-K to 2

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. They also learn about the Big Dipper and the North Star. Elmo and Hu Hu Zhu then take an imaginary trip to the Moon. Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - The Little Star that Could
The Little Star that Could
Grades: Pre-K to 2

Little Star is an average yellow star, searching for planets of his own to protect and warm. As they follow his journey, young sky watchers learn that the sun is a star, what stars are made of, why stars are different colors, and how some stars are just the right size and temperature to support life. Pairs with the Early Learning program Stars & Shapes Forever.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Follow the Drinking Gourd
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Grades: 1 to 5

Originally produced as a NJSM Planetarium Show, this slide and video presentation is set in the era of slavery in the United States. It explains how slaves used the Big Dipper, also known as the as the Drinking Gourd, to find the North Star (Polaris). Join us as we follow a family that uses this celestial navigation along the Underground Railroad to reach freedom..
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Earth, Moon & Sun
Earth, Moon & Sun
Grades: 2 to 5

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character Coyote (adapted from Native American oral traditions), who has many misconceptions about our home planet and it’s most familiar neighbors. How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Many other commonly asked questions will be answered.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
Grades: 3 to 12

This National Geographic program immerses audiences in this unexplored world of the "other dinosaurs." Meet up with a family of Dolichorhynchops as they swim through waters with prehistoric sharks and squids brought to life in our Planetarium's full-dome immersive theater. Pairs with the Learning Lab Digging for Dinosaurs! And the Ask Our Experts program In the Field with the Bighorn Basin Dinosaur Project.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Stars!
Grades: 4 to 12

Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Others burn bright and end their lives in powerful explosions. New stars are created every day, born of vast clouds of gas and dust. Stars release the energy that powers the Universe. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience the awesome beauty and destructive power of Stars!
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Back to the Moon for Good
Back to the Moon for Good
Grades: 4 to 12

Immerse yourself in a race to the Moon 40 years after the historic Apollo landings. Learn about the history of lunar exploration, and the Moon’s resources. Discover what humanity’s future on the Moon might hold. Narrated by Tim Allen, Back to the Moon for Good presents the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and the personal stories of competition and collaboration it inspires.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - To Space and Back
To Space and Back
Grades: 4 to 12

Join us as we take audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and applications (apps) we use every day. Discover how space exploration is shaping your world in this new fully immersive show.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Black Holes
Black Holes
Grades: 6 to 12

Few mysteries in the universe have the power and awe of black holes. Only now are we on the verge of understanding their true nature. What are they? How are they made? Is the Earth in danger of being pulled into one? This new program incorporates some of the most intense full dome visual effects ever created on the subject and includes a live tour through our evening New Jersey Sky.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Ultimate Universe
Ultimate Universe
Grades: 6 to 12

From the boundaries of space and time, through vast fields of wondrous galaxies, to the majesty of our Solar System, this show takes you on a grand tour of the universe and lets you experience its most captivating secrets. "The Ultimate Universe" is journey from the edge of the universe through space and time to reach our home planet, witnessing the major components of the cosmos along the way.
School Planetarium Schedule - Popular Favorites - Passport to the Universe
Passport to the Universe
Grades: 6 to 12

New scientific discoveries reveal answers to cosmic mysteries, we wonder how we fit into this vast universe. Passport to the Universe, produced by the American Museum of Natural History is an incredible journey from our home planet to the edge of the universe. Audiences fly beneath the rings of Saturn, into the heart of the Orion Nebula and back to Earth through a black hole, experiencing cosmic destinations as never before possible.