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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

The Museum is closed to the public until further notice.

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Events At The Museum

Events Calendar

Spring Evening Series
May 6 2021

Spring Evening Series

8 pm

NJ Disasters
On the anniversary of the Hindenberg disaster, we discuss the ways we have remembered disasters, from art to artifacts, and how we work together to prevent future disasters in our home state.

Small Explorers Series
May 15 2021

Small Explorers Virtual Session

11 - 11:30 am

Berry Blast! (registration required)
Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 11th.
https://forms.gle/HR5U3zfL2nvX9Y9k7

Spring Evening Series
May 20 2021

Spring Evening Series

8 pm

Museology 103 - Caring for Your Personal Collections
Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-series-museology-103-personal-collections-tickets-152547075409

Aesop's Bops
May 22 2021

Aesop's Bops Live virtual program

10 am

Enjoy a high energy master storytelling performance exploring the classic Aesop Fables!
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aesops-bops-family-event-online-tickets-149920559429

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June 19 2021

Freedom Stories: Juneteenth Family Event Online

10 am

Presented by Young Audiences of PA and NJ. For families with children ages 3-10
In 2020 Governor Phil Murphy declared Juneteenth a State and public holiday. Gifted storyteller TAHIRA shares tales of freedom fighters in this dramatic performance.
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-stories-juneteenth-family-online-event-tickets-152874655209

Upcoming Events

Spring Evening Series

May 6 - Historic New Jersey Disasters

8 pm. On the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, we discuss the ways we have remembered disasters, from art to artifacts, and how we work together to prevent future disasters in our home state.
Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-series-the-hindenburg-disaster-and-airships-in-nj-tickets-152545452555

May 20 - Museology 103 - Caring for Your Personal Collections

8:00 pm Our museum experts share some stories about their personal collections, from conserving family heirlooms to ethically finding fossils, and how you can care for your own personal collections at home.
Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evening-series-museology-103-personal-collections-tickets-152547075409

Small Explorers Virtual Programs

Explore monthly themes and books at home with Early Learning Educator Kerry Scott! Each month Miss Kerry hosts a live virtual session on Zoom for families with children ages 5 and under. Theme-related Play Kits are distributed to registered participants in advance to encourage a tactile experience during the virtual session. The Zoom program and kit are free but space is limited and pre-registration required. Additionally, follow us on Facebook to see Miss Kerry's Small Explorers monthly videos!

Our Small Explorers program provides free family engagement workshops and programs for parents and caregivers with children from birth to age five, designed to promote school readiness. It has gained a solid reputation for quality early learning content and has formed a strong community of local families with young children. Small Explorers digital engagement will offer continuity for families during a time with so much uncertainty. The New Jersey State Museum is grateful to our long-standing partner the PNC Foundation for continuing to support this crucial program through their Grow UP Great initiative.

Small Explorers Topics

Register for the May 15th program here. Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 11th.
https://forms.gle/HR5U3zfL2nvX9Y9k7

May 22 - Aesop's Bops Live virtual program, 10:00 am

Enjoy a high energy master storytelling performance exploring the classic Aesop Fables!

Presented by Young Audiences of Pennsylvania and New Jersey; for families with children ages Pre-k to 2nd grade. A zoo full of animals comes alive in this fast-paced performance that teaches children about sharing and friendship. Featuring such stories as “The Lion and the Mouse,” and “Why Turtle Has a Checkered Shell,” Aesop’s Bops has ample amounts of audience participation and offers positive lessons for social and psychological growth. Each registered child receives a free activity bag for use at home. Bags will be distributed curbside at the Museum on May 21. (Bags are not needed during the performance and will not be mailed.)

Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aesops-bops-family-event-online-tickets-149920559429

June 19 - Freedom Stories: Juneteenth Family Event Online, 10:00 am

Presented by Young Audiences of PA and NJ. For families with children ages 3-10
In 2020 Governor Phil Murphy declared Juneteenth a State and public holiday. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved people of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and their freedom. Gifted storyteller TAHIRA shares tales of freedom fighters in this dramatic performance. A compelling look at the people who took extraordinary risks for freedom, this program emphasizes the importance of having courage in the face of inequality and injustice.

Registration here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-stories-juneteenth-family-online-event-tickets-152874655209

Small Explorers Series

Small Explorers Series

Due to the current health situation, Small Explorers is postponed. Until the Museum can host visitors again, please enjoy the Small Explorer videos found here

The Small Explorers Series is for children 6 months to 5 years old with their caregivers. Each month we explore a different theme through stories, crafts, and play. The program is 45 minutes long and begins promptly. It’s held the third weekend of each month, on Friday at 2:00 pm, and Saturday at 10:00 am & 12:00 noon in the Discovery Den. The program is FREE, but space is limited; advance registration is required. For more information or to register contact Kerry.Scott@sos.nj.gov. NOTE: Registration requests must be received by 10:00 am the Friday before the event in order to allow time for staff to confirm space availability.

Event Rentals

The New Jersey State Museum is a wonderful setting for your special event with changing exhibits that can provide a unique backdrop for any occasion. The Museum is ideally located in the State Capital Complex in Trenton, and offers a one-of-a-kind venue with incredible architecture and beautiful views of the Delaware River. For rates and availability, please view our rental information or email Rentals.NJSM@sos.nj.gov.

Available Rental spaces:

First Floor West Gallery
Riverview Court

This exceptional space is an ideal setting for buffet receptions, intimate sit-down dinners, business seminars and more. Available evenings and weekends only.

Auditorium
Auditorium

The 384-seat Auditorium is available for a wide variety of lectures, conferences, movie premieres, theater performances and more.

Additional rental spaces

 

 

 


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