The Museum houses 4 museums in 1: Archaeology & Ethology, Cultural History, Fine Art and Natural History, along with a Planetarium. The Museum provides a plethera of children’s programming, including the popular Second Saturday performances.
Prices: Free. Park in the lot behind the State House or use metered parking on West State Street in front of the Museum. Free parking on Weekends is available in employee parking lots adjacent to and behind the Museum.
Hours: Tuesday — Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm Sunday, noon to 5:00pm. Closed Mondays & State Holidays.
The New Jersey State Museum is a proud participating site for New Jersey Makers Day! Meet the Makers! At 2 pm, learn about the history and craft of carving wooden duck decoys, like those on display in Fine Feathered Friends. Experts in decoys, Allen Linkchorst and Bill Ethington will delve into how makers in New Jersey’s coastal and river towns shaped the artistry and style of these hunting tools. Try the Tools! Maybe you’re curious about a Cricut cutting machine, mesmerized by mobiles, a sculptor or a genius with reimagining recycled materials. We’ll have projects to suit everyone’s inner Maker! Get Inspired! NJSM’s art and history galleries are full of creations by New Jersey makers! From a clock mechanism engineered by Peter Hill, the first African American clockmaker, to artist Wanda Gag’s languid kitten, you’ll find New Jersey makers making waves!
Let your curiosity lead you to the State Museum for FREE Planetarium shows all day! This year we celebrate Earth Optimism and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Explore two exhibitions that celebrate nature – “Preserving the Pinelands” and “Fine Feathered Friends.” Plus - enjoy FREE Planetarium shows all day - programs at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. Starting Feb 27th, download your FREE ticket from the Smithsonian Museum Day website https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2020/ Each Museum Day ticket provides free admission for TWO people.
Visit the Museum during Spring Break! Weekday Planetarium shows at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm (admission $7 adults, $5 children ages 12 & under.) Enjoy a free craft project in our Imagination Studio; different project offered each day.