Due to the current public health emergency, the New Jersey State Museum is closed to the public until further notice. Previously scheduled special events will be rescheduled if possible.
For any specific inquiries, please visit nj.gov/health or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Soar into space in the New Jersey State Museum’s Planetarium! The Planetarium regularly premieres new and exciting shows that feature state-of-the-art Full Dome Video and offers both traditional sky and full-spectrum laser programs. The Museum’s spacious, specially-designed reclining seats accommodate groups of up to 140, while dynamic and knowledgeable show presenters take the visitor zooming through the solar system with customized star talks.
For Public Planetarium schedule, please visit our Calendar page. Show trailers below. Calendar page
Public Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under) Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person.
We participate in the Blue Star program (May 16 – Labor Day); active duty military members and up to four family members are admitted free with ID. Active duty Military members with ID are free year-round.
PLEASE NOTE: Planetarium shows are offered to the public on Weekends only during the school year. Weekday shows are held by reservation for school or community groups. During the summer months, winter break, and spring break weekday shows are available to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.
Happy Birthday from the New Jersey State Museum!
Bring your child to the Planetarium for their birthday and receive a free gift! Just tell the box office when buying tickets and give them the birthday child’s first name. They will give your child the free gift and the Planetarium will announce the birthday before the show!
If you call no more than 14 business days in advance (Mondays – Friday ONLY), the Planetarium will also add a banner to the dome to celebrate! To add the banner, contact William Murray at 609-826-3940 or William.email@example.com
Recommended for General Audiences
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!
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.
Grades: 2 - 12
Travel back to the time of dinosaurs with teenage pilot Lucy and her father, in search of the ancestors of modern birds, and the origins of flight. Limited show times, call for information and reservations.
Be sure to visit the dinosaurs in our new exhibit, Written in the Rocks: Fossil Tales of New Jersey before or after your show.
Grades: 2 - 12
Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and a raging 400-year-old-hurricane on Jupiter. You’ll emerge glad you live on Earth! Pair this show with our Wide World of Weather workshop.
Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a native of Montclair, New Jersey, was the second man to stand on the surface of the moon. The visor in his helmet shows a reflection of Astronaut Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon) taking this picture, as well as one footpad of the Lunar Module Eagle and the United States flag planted next to it.