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Princeton, NJ Museums and Galleries Announcements

Fall Events at New Jersey State Museum

Small Explorers Series

Third Saturday of each month, 10:00 am

Discovery Den, 2nd floor

For children 6 months to 5 years old and their caregivers

Explore the Museum with your baby, toddler or preschooler! The Small Explorers series replaces the Story Time program with a revised and expanded program that examines different themes through stories, crafts, and play. Each program is 30 to 45 minutes long and begins promptly at 10:00 am. Please plan to arrive by 9:45 am. The program is free, but space is limited and advance registration is encouraged. For more information or to register contact


Exhibition: Toy World!

Closing September 10

Riverside Gallery, 2nd floor

Step back to another era and enjoy a bit of nostalgia with the exhibition “Toy World,” spotlighting the history of toy manufacturing in New Jersey.  The exhibition showcases more than 100 toys that were made in New Jersey between 1880 and the late 1960s, during New Jersey’s golden era of manufacturing.  The exhibition also includes an interactive play area and a place to remember a favorite childhood toys.


New Exhibition: Embattled Emblems: Posters and Flags of WWI

Opening September 16

East Gallery

Timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American intervention in World War I, this exhibition showcases posters and flags used to stir patriotism and support the cause of war. These two important collections are rarely seen by the public. The exhibition also explores unknown stories of New Jersey’s role in the “War to End All Wars.”


Special Event: Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

September 23

The Museum is pleased to participate in Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! Enjoy FREE Planetarium shows, a printmaking activity and more! Visit our website to download your FREE tickets for the event!


New Exhibition: Hearth and Home

Opening October 7

Riverside Gallery, 2nd Floor

Homes are a reflection of ourselves and the environment in which we live. This was especially true for the Native Americans of North America. In this fascinating new exhibition, visitors will learn about the homes and home life of Native Americans in the Eastern Woodlands and other environments all across North America, with a particular emphasis on how each culture had to work with, adjust, respond and adapt to the environment in which they lived.


Special Event: Halloween Spooktacular

October 28, 10 am – 3 pm

Join us for a Halloween tradition at the Museum! Children are encouraged to come in costume for our annual costume contest, and enjoy the free live stage show and fun, Halloween-themed activities.


New Exhibition: Shifting Views: Artists who experienced World War I

Opening November 4

East Gallery, Central

Peaceful landscapes, busy city streets, linear abstractions, portraits of friends and family– these paintings, drawings, and prints were created by twenty-three artists who experienced the frontlines of World War I. The artists represented served on both sides of the conflict – German/Austrian and British/American. Many believed in their country’s cause prior to their service, but had a very different perspective after experiencing war firsthand. Seen together, their works of art convey a shared sense of humanity in contrast to the divisiveness of war.


Special Event: SMASH Series!

November 18, 10 am—3 pm

Explore the intersection of science and art at SMASH: Campfire Science! This fun, free program will offer hands-on, family-friendly activities to explore how archaeologists use fire pits to discover the past. Discover campfire traditions and the importance of the hearth in the home. While you’re here, visit the new exhibition “Hearth & Home” to see a rare collection of Native American house models made in the 1930s during the Works Progress Administration (WPA), complemented with actual artifacts used in native dwellings.

205 West State Street

Trenton, NJ 08625-0530




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