A couple of weeks ago Hannah and I drove out to Trenton after her Tuesday therapies to check out the New Jersey State Museum, which is FREE. I have a Groupon for the planetarium, but we got there around 2pm and all the shows were done for the day. Another trip, we will be back!
The paleontologist from Field Station: Dinosaurs was from the museum, and so were the fossils that were out for kids to touch and learn about. So it seemed like a definite spot to add to our summer adventure list.
And, it’s awesome. This was such a great museum. Look at that dinosaur skeleton battle! These people know how to make a dinosaur skeleton display for kids. They’ve just added the Discovery Den, and the dinosaur and fossil area has been redone. It’s a gorgeous space. A small museum, but we still spent a couple of hours here just hanging out. Other than the occasional family wandering through, on a Tuesday afternoon we had the place to ourselves.
A prehistoric crocodile species from NJ!
And a baby mastodon skull from one of our neighboring towns.
An elk-moose! This was actually a thing 10,000 years ago.
All the mammals from these parts.
She’s a police officer/postal worker, apparently.
And I loved this. The scientists’ work space is behind a glass viewing window right inside the fossil/kids area. So you can see what they’re working on for the museum, and they have signs up letting you know about their latest project. I thought that was the coolest, the chance to see up close what these fossil experts do all day.
Fluorescent rocks, always a hit.
And then the rest of the museum had great old pieces of historic New Jersey furniture, this fabulous old quilt, and all kinds of things Hannah was dying to touch (but tried her hardest not to).
I loved the story of this quilt. And they had a kids’ table set up with shape cutouts so you could design your own quilt. I mean, come on. This museum has Reeve Ladies written all over it.
I bought this awesome little guy in the gift shop. He is the Moon, it says so on his foot.