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)
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Doors open at 9 a.m.

The New Jersey State Museum celebrates Smithsonian Day Live 2014 with FREE planetarium shows, hands-on workshops, a special theater performance and a variety of FREE family-friendly programs.

Note: Free admission tickets for Museum Day Live will be available starting August 1, 2014! Bring your printed pass to the NJ State Museum Planetarium and get in free! You can also show your pass on a smart phone. To download your free pass, please visit

Join us for:
Digging Dinosaurs Workshop

Innovation Learning Center - 12 noon, 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Explore Hadrosaurus foulkii and other NJ dinosaurs. Learn about being a Paleontologist while you dig for dino bones and see how they fit together. Learn about the different types of dinosaurs and when they lived in New Jersey.
Paint Me A Story

Fine Art Gallery and Lower Level Classroom - 11a.m., 12 noon & 3 p.m.

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 Amerian 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.
NANO Activity Cart

First Floor - All Day

Think small, no, REALLY small! Explore the world of Nano Technology and learn about how it is used in things we see every day. Materials can have different properties at the nano scale and nanoscience involves research to discover these new properties and behaviors. Participate in simple Nano experiments to learn more about this science.
Traditions of India

NJSM Auditorium - 1 p.m.

In keeping with the theme of Diversity, celebrating New Jersey’s 350th birthday we bring you a sample of one of the many cultural groups that make up the melting pot of the state; the home of Ellis Island.

Born in Hindu Temples more than 2,000 years ago, Indian dance is movement, mime, and music in equal measure. Adorned with beautiful costumes, jewelry, and makeup replicating a temple sculpture, Ramya Ramnarayan evokes the profound emotions and complex rhythmic patterns that bring this mystic view of the universe to life.
FREE Planetarium Shows All Day!
11 a.m. - One World, One Sky
12 noon - Stars!
1 p.m. - Laser Kid Power
2 p.m. - Black Holes
3 p.m. - To Space and Back
Shows and Times are subject to change.