Soar Through Space at New Jersey’s Planetariums
Looking for fun things to do in New Jersey on a cold or rainy day? Are you or someone else in your family fascinated by stars, planets, black holes, and all things astronomical? Consider a trip to one of the numerous planetariums in New Jersey!
The New Jersey State Museum Planetarium is the largest planetarium in the state, capable of seating 150 visitors at a time in comfortable, specially designed reclining seats. This planetarium features cutting edge. Full Dome Video which allows guests to experience the sensation of soaring through the solar system and to the outer reaches of space. The planetarium lobby also features interactive exhibits. Planetarium shows include a variety of traditional astronomical shows, as well as laser light shows choreographed to music. Special shows suitable for families with young children are offered. The New Jersey State Museum Planetarium is located at 205 West State Street in Trenton, New Jersey and is open on Saturdays and Sunday, with additional weekday shows during winter and spring break weeks as well as during the summer months. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Other things to do at the planetarium include birthday parties, scouting merit badge programs, and programs for schools and other organized groups. Visit the New Jersey State Museum Planetarium online (or call 609-292-6464) for a current show schedule, information on other programs, directions and parking, and more. Save up to 58% on admission to a planetarium show at the NJ State Museum HERE!!!
The Dreyfuss Planetarium
The Dreyfuss Planetarium, located within the Newark Museum, was New Jersey’s first planetarium. This spectacular venue offers visitors the opportunity to explore constellations, travel through the Solar System, visit distant galaxies and soar to the edge of the Universe. All planetarium shows are followed by a virtual tour of the constellations and tips on how to view the planets. This New Jersey planetarium offers programs suitable for ages 4 and up. Shows are offered Wednesday through Friday at 2pm and hourly on the weekends from 1pm to 4pm. The Dreyfuss Planetarium at the Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey. Tickets are available for purchase at the museum information desk on a first come, first served basis. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, senior citizens, and college students. The planetarium is not recommended for children under 4. Visit the Dreyfuss Planetarium online (or call 973-596-6529) for a current show schedule, information on other programs, directions and parking, and more.
Robert J. Novins Planetarium
The Robert J. Novins Planetarium, located on the campus of Ocean County College, is one of the most active planetariums in New Jersey. Its recently refurbished sky theater features innovative new technology in the form of a virtual 3-D video space which allows visitors to explore the wonders of the universe in new and exciting ways. A new fiber-optic star projector also provides a stunning, crystal clear view of the night sky as viewed from Earth. The Robert J. Novins Planetarium offers a wide variety of traditional planetarium shows suitable for preschool-aged children through adults, as well as more than a dozen different musical laser shows and other special programs such as “Pajama Night”. Other things to do at this New Jersey planetarium include birthday parties and special programs for school groups. The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is located on the Ocean County College campus on College Drive in Toms River, New Jersey. Shows are presented on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as additional weekdays during the summer months. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $7 for OCC students/staff and children 12 and under. A family pack (2 adults, 3 children) of tickets is available for $35. Advance ticket purchases available online. Visit the Robert J. Novins Planetarium online (or call 732-255-0342) for a current schedule, information on other things to do, parking information, and more.
Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium
The Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium offers a wide variety of shows including musical presentations that are suitable for children as young as 3 years old, educational sky shows for school-aged children, traditional astronomical sky shows for older children and adults, and musical laser show presentations. Other things to do include special programs such as “An Evening With The Astronomers” and visiting the 3M Observatory to view the night sky (weather permitting). This New Jersey planetarium offers sensory-friendly planetarium programs for families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium is located on the college campus at Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, New Jersey. Admission is $7 per person ($13 for two shows on the same day). Reservations are recommended. Visit the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium online (or call 908-231-8805) for a current schedule and information on reserving tickets, directions and parking, special things to do, and more.
The Longo Planetarium is located on the County College of Morris campus. This New Jersey planetarium offers three different shows; target ages range from 4 years old to adults. All programs begin with a live tour of the night sky by the planetariums resident astronomer. Planetarium programs are presented to the public on select weekends and to school groups (by reservation) during the week. The Longo Planetarium at the County College of Morris is located in Cohen Hall (B building) at 214 Center Grove Road in Randolph, New Jersey. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, senior citizens, CCM students, alumni, and staff. Reservations are strongly recommended. Visit the Longo Planetarium online (or call 973-328-5076) for a current schedule of programs, reservation information, directions, and more. Planetarium programs are presented to school groups during the week and to the public on select weekends.