New Jersey State Museum
205 West State St.
CN 530, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530
(609) 292-6464 • 292-6347 Groups

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This fine museum offers a wide range of comprehensive exhibits in four categories.

Archaeology and Ethnology features artifacts of New Jersey's Native Americans. The known history of the Lenni-Lenape extends back some 11,000 years. Visitors will see collections that illustrate the everyday lives of these people, including objects such as a dugout canoe, tools, weapons, clothing, ornaments and jewelry, and much more. Africa and S. America are also represented.

Visitors to this wonderful gallery explore New Jersey cultural history through decorative arts from Colonial times to the present. The works of skilled craftsmen are presented through folk art, furniture, firebacks, silver objects, and other items.

The Fine Arts galleries at the Museum feature twentieth century American art, with important works by artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe, Alexander Calder, John Marin, and Louise Nevelson. Of course, there is a special focus on New Jersey artists. A broad collection of American and European prints, drawings and photographs can be enjoyed.

The Natural History galleries feature the development of earth and the origins of life. Visitors will explore the worlds of New Jersey's dinosaurs, of Ice Age mastodons, and of today's wildlife. New Jersey's highlands, piedmont cities (lying at the foot of a mountain) farms, coastal plains, and seashore can be experienced through many exhibits.

Planetarium: The Museum boasts a 150-seat, state-of-the-art planetarium that presents regularly scheduled sky shows as well as a variety of other breathtaking programs throughout the year. People of every age love this part of the Museum.

Families can enjoy many special events throughout the year. The Museum also offers classes, workshops and lectures on a variety of topics, including some based on current exhibitions. Call for a calendar and ask about the Kaleidoscope Kids Program.

School Groups can choose from dozens of hands-on programs for all grades. Just a few examples follow. Native Americans and Their Forest (grades Pre-K - K) uses role-playing and artifacts to teach about Indians. The Delaware and the Seasons (2 - 5) stresses environmental awareness through the use of artifacts and a round of seasonal activities. Early Industries of New Jersey (K - 12) uses activities, audio-visual, and exhibitions to address some important aspects on industry. The Total Works of Art (3 - 8) develops an awareness of the sensory and emotional responses aroused by a work of art. Worlds of Wonder (7 - 12) is a Planetarium Program that explores our solar system in depth. Most programs last about 45 minutes and can accommodate from 10 to 50 students, depending on the program. Larger groups can participate in several Auditorium Programs. In addition, call for the School Children's Theatre Schedule for a list of great performances for children of all grades.

Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 9am - 4:45pm. Call to confirm before visiting. Call for Planetarium schedule or visit the official website linked above.
Adults and Children over 12 $5.00
Seniors and Students with ID $4.00
Adults and Children over 12 $7.00
Seniors and Students with ID $5.00
Groups: Groups of 15 or more receive a discount. Call for details.
Group Reservations: At least 8 weeks in advance for Group Programs.
Lunch: Local restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-95 North over Scudders Falls Bridge. Exit at Rt. 29 South to Trenton, then take the Calhoun St. exit. At first light turn right onto West State St. Museum is second building on right. 30 - 60 minutes from Philadelphia.

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