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
Collections-Planetarium Soar into space in our amazing Hi-Def Planetarium! The New Jersey State Museum's spacious Planetarium features precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium in New Jersey, it seats 140 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport the audience on an amazing astronomical experience.

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.

To schedule a school or group visit to the Planetarium, call (609) 292-1382 or email
For research questions regarding astronomy topics, contact:

Assistant Curator, Planetarium Services – Jay Schwartz – jay.schwartz@sos.nj.govPlanetarium Technician – Bill Murray –
NEW! For the 2016/2017 school year
School Planetarium Schedule - Dinosaurs at Dusk
Dinosaurs at Dusk
Grades: 2 to 12

Travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight. When time runs out, they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.
Teacher Guide: Dinosaurs at Dusk
Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.
School Planetarium Schedule - From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA
Grades: 4 to 12

Experience the challenges of the next generation of space exploration! Using exciting, real-life projects like NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and the New Horizons mission, the show highlights spacecraft engineering, the lifecycles of a space mission from design and construction to the rigors of testing, launch, and operations.
Teacher Guide: Inside NASA
Pre-K & Kindergarten
School Planetarium Schedule - Pre-K & Kindergarten - One World, One Sky
One World, One Sky
Grades: Pre-K to 2

Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend Hu Hu Zhu on a discovery of the sun, moon and stars! Made possible by the Sesame Street Workshop and the National Science Foundation.
Teacher Guide: One World, One Sky
School Planetarium Schedule - Pre-K & Kindergarten - 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. Pairs with the Early Learning program Stars & Shapes Forever.
Teacher Guide: The Little Star that Could
Elementary & Up
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Magic Tree House
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Rusty Rocket's Last Blast!
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Follow the Drinking Gourd
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Laser 101 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 - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Earth, Moon & Sun
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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 - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Back to the Moon for Good
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: To Space and Back
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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.
Teacher Guide: Black Holes
School Planetarium Schedule - Elementary & Up - 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 - Elementary & Up - Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Asteroid: Mission Extreme
Grades: 6 to 12

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.
Teacher Guide: Asteroid