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Department of State

New Jersey State Museum

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State

New Jersey State Museum Update

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 or call the 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222.


Learn At The Museum

Before You Visit

Please carefully look over the information below before submitting your online reservation request form.  

  • Reservations are required for all programs, and must be made at least 2 weeks (10 business days) in advance. To reserve group programs, use our Field Trip Reservation Request Form, call 609-292-1392 or email Many programs have minimum group sizes for participation; see specific program details for group size requirements.
  • The Museum requests 1 chaperone per 10 students, to be included in your group count.
  • The Museum is accessible for visitors with special needs. To arrange accommodations for your visit, please contact Megan Innes at (609) 292-6310 or Kerry Scott at (609) 984-8487.
  • If you must cancel your field trip, please call 609-292-1382 as soon as possible. No refunds will be made if payment has already been processed. However, we will work with you to reschedule your visit.
  • Groups may reserve lunch space in the Museum’s Riverview Court area on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All lunches must be brought – there is no food available to purchase at the Museum.
  • Lunch times should be scheduled when you book your day. Available times are 10:00 am, 10:45 am, 11:30 am, 12:15 pm, and 1:00 pm.
  • Lunch bins are available at the main entrance or Planetarium lobby for your group to store lunches and backpacks during your visit.
  • Weather permitting, outdoor eating space is available on the Museum’s front lawn, near the Planetarium, or in Capitol Plaza Park located between the State House Annex and the State Library. If you plan to picnic outdoors, please bring blankets for seating and clean up all trash.
  • Groups will receive a confirmation at the time of their booking followed by an invoice.
  • Payments MUST be made in full 2 weeks prior to your program date. The Museum reserves the right to cancel non-paid reservations within this 2 week window.
  • Final head counts, including teachers and chaperones, must be confirmed with the Museum no later than 2 weeks prior to the visit. Refunds will not be issued for decreased attendance; persons added on the day of programs may not be accommodated.
  • Accepted payments include Visa, Master Card, confirmed purchase orders and checks. Please make checks payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey. Payments are non-refundable once they are processed.
  • Please have students organized into groups with chaperones prior to your visit. Your leader should have an accurate count of teachers, students and chaperones, and will be asked to check in at the Information Desk at the main entrance.
  • Buses must drop off and pick up in front of the Museum on West State Street.
  • We STRONGLY recommend your group arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of your first activity. This will give you time to check in, and drop off lunches and bags in the available bins at the main entrance.
  • Planetarium shows begin promptly at the scheduled time; groups arriving late may miss their show. The Museum does its best to accommodate late groups; however, if a conflict with other programs or groups arises, the Museum reserves the right to adjust, change, shorten or cancel the scheduled program. No refunds will be issued for programs missed due to late arrival.
  • Groups coming from the New Jersey State House tours should allow extra travel time between the Museum and the State House entrance due to ongoing renovations.
  • Please give a copy of the Bus Map to your driver(s) so they know where to drop off, park and pick up your group.
  • Buses must park in the lot at the corner of Perry Street and Route 1 (about 1 mile from the Museum).
  • Metered street parking for cars is available on weekdays, as is parking in paid lots throughout the downtown Trenton area. Limited visitor parking is also available in the State House Parking Garage next door to the Museum.
  • If your group is coming in separate vehicles, please plan a meeting spot; we suggest the Information desk at the main entrance, or in the Planetarium lobby.
  • Chaperones are required to remain with their students at all times, and are responsible for appropriate behavior.
  • Leaders should share the day’s learning objectives and itinerary, including program times and locations, with chaperones. 
  • It is the responsibility of the teachers and chaperones to enforce the Museum rules during a visit. These include:
    • No food or drinks are allowed in Museum galleries.
    • Photography is encouraged; use of flash, tripods, or selfie-sticks is not permitted.
    • Use indoor voices and refrain from running in the Museum.
    • Students must be accompanied by chaperones at all times.
    • Backpacks and large bags must be placed in the bins; small bags may be carried on the chest.
    • No touching or writing on artwork, cases or walls in the Museum.

Museum Floor Plan

Floor Plan



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