Contact The NJ State Museum
Mailing Address:
NJ State Museum
PO Box 530
Trenton, NJ 08625

Museum & Auditorium Galleries:
205 West State Street
Trenton, NJ

Tel: (609) 292-6464 (recorded message)
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Planetarium Public Schedule

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.

Soar through the skies in the Museum's spacious Planetarium, featuring precision projection of more than 6000 stars. The largest planetarium in New Jersey, it seats 150 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport an audience to any astronomical destination.

Now featuring state-of-the-art Full DomeVideo, visitors will feel the sensation of zooming through the Solar System and beyond. This cutting-edge digital technology immerses audiences within images covering the entire 360 degree inner dome.

The Planetarium offers something for everyone; with both traditional sky and laser programs, it is the only planetarium of its kind in New Jersey. Made possible by the generous support of the Prudential Foundation.

General Admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under)
Groups of 15 or more: $5 per person. Camps and birthday parties welcome. Friends of the NJSM receive $2 off per ticket up to a maximum of four. For additional information, call (609) 292-6464.

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 there are special weekday shows offered to the public. Please check the current schedule for detailed public showtimes.

Printable Coupon: $1 off all Public Planetarium shows!

Saturday and Sunday
February 7 through March 1, 2015
12:00 pm - The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
Two adventurous youngsters blast off into space in a homemade cardboard rocket for an amazing voyage of discovery through the solar system. This entertaining program introduces students to basic facts about the sun, earth and other planets of the solar system.
Suitable for families with young children preschool and up.
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1 pm - STARS!
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. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and the destructive power of STARS.
Suitable for general audiences.
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2:00 pm - Follow the Drinking Gourd: A program in celebration of Black History Month
Originally produced as a New Jersey State Museum Planetarium Show, this slide and video presentation is set during the time of slavery in the United States. It explains how slaves used the Big Dipper, also known as the Drinking Gourd, to find the North Star (Polaris). Join us as we follow a family that uses this celestial navigation along the Underground Railroad to reach freedom. Best suited for children over seven.
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3:00 pm - Laser Magic
This program offers a magical mix of music, from those you love to those you have forgotten, all presented in concert with stunning laser images! This musical compilation is fun for the entire family and includes artists like The Beatles, Elvis, The Jackson Five, Yanni and more, choreographed with full-dome laser projection and floating laser beams!
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$7 per person, General Admission
CALL 609-292-6333 for Laser Details!
7:30 pm Electrolaze
Peace, Love, Unity, Respect. Electrolaze is the perfect melding of lights and sounds as lasers carve incandescent trails across the beats, snaps and wobbles of today’s electronic dance music. Featuring songs from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Avicii, Daft Punk and more! Prepare to experience dubstep, drum & bass, trance, and Dutch house as never before…

9:00 pm Dark Side of the Moon
Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

Considered by many critics to be the album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

10:30 pm The Wall
Measured to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time, The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking.

Now coupled with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey.

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Shows and times are subject to change.