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New Jersey State Museum, Trenton

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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 140 visitors in specially-designed reclining seats that transport an audience to any astronomical destination. Now featuring state-of-the-art Full Dome Video, 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.
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  • Want something to do with younger children? (suggested 2-7) It was a rainy day and what do you do with a 21 month old???? Saw that the planetarium had shows every hour from 12-4 on the weekends and ea...  more »
  • This museum has four floors to explore and there is much NJ history to learn. It focuses more on the middle swath of New Jersey and not so much for the north or coastal portions of the state. Very imp...  more »
  • We had a wonderful time here. The suggested admission option is wonderful, I believe everyone should have the option to enjoy Art. It's a good size museum, 4 floors. We spent most of our time on the l...  more »
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  • I love it because it's always fairly quiet. Great place to bring my son. It's a little small but for kids it's a great place to go
  • This Museum has a little bit of everything. Things for the very young. Things for Grandparents. The best gift shop in NJ.
  • Amazing history! Someone took time out to explain what fossils he was working on. Very informative and friendly!
  • The Planetarium is very nice, for every age: I suggest it for any kid from kindergarten to 100 years :) The museum is quite beautiful.
  • Museum far exceeded expectations and my only real critique is that they should do a better job showing off all the amazing things their website - especially what they have for kids. We were reluctant to go because we were not certain it would have enough to hold young children's interest. If I had known (ahead of time) all that was contained on floor 2 I would have spent more time there. On that note there were two amazing play spaces within the exhibits in the second floor (toy exhibit -the foam blue blocks and legos, natural history exhibit - tent, books, coloring, dress up, comfy seating areas, etc). There were also hands on interactive things in other parts too. The visual art galleries displayed a diverse assortment of artists (well known and local NJ). It was a great collection. The NJ history artifacts were also very interesting. The first floor has nice gathering spaces that overlook the Delaware River. The museum is true to it's word of being a 4-in-1 museum. We did not check out the planetarium because it was nearing lunch time but I was told it was the largest in the state. Beyond this, the staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. We drove over an hour to get there and it was well worth the trip. Also, (not sure if this is the norm) there was no one there on the Sunday morning we visited. It was easy to secure parking right in front of the museum and it was so peaceful and low-key within the museum. Meant to also add - the museum is cash only by donation. We had little cash on hand and felt bad that we could not donate more to visit.