Gallery Programs

 

The Morris Museum offers exciting explorations of a specific subject or theme and are formatted for all ages! Gallery Programs include Educator led tours for field trip students and adult groups, as well as self-guided browse tours.

School Field Trips:
Exhibition programs are designed to meet curriculum standards in the language arts, literacy, sciences, social studies, and visual arts. A professional museum educator will lead your students through our galleries and engage them in a lively discussion. Programs are designed to allow students and adults to experience learning in a hands-on, minds-on way using museum artifacts, reproductions, and interactive activities.

Adult Group Tours:
Experience tours of our changing and permanent exhibitions, a curator tour of our Guinness Gallery which features Mechanical Music and Automata, and programs which are formatted for adults to enjoy!

Self Guided Tours:
Groups of 10 or more can receive a reduced group rate off of admission. Access to all open galleries is included, and you may stay as long as you wish, on a self guided browse of discovery.


To submit a request for a Gallery Program(s), please fill out the form below:

If you have additional questions, please contact Colleen Mackenzie:

PHONE  973.971.3710
EMAIL    [email protected]


CHANGING EXHIBITIONS

All programs are 60 minutes in length.

ART IN THE ATRIUM
Through April 24, 2017
Grades: K–8

Art in the Atrium, Inc. will present the vibrant sculptural paper collages of African American artist Barbara Bullock in January, 2017. Ms. Bullock, a 78 year old master artist, based in Philadelphia, PA. is a conceptual/abstractionist whose work is based on “creating visual stories that reach back into ancestral histories and stories that impact the here and now.” This exhibit is in keeping with ATA’s mission to educate and introduce contemporary African American artists and their work to our community. Students will discuss art, have the opportunity to analyze this artist’s work and have the option to create their own masterpiece using Bullock’s techniques.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

ALEXIS BONAVITACOLA:
THE BEAUTY OF ALCOHOL INKS
Through June 12, 2017
Grades: 1–12

Contemporary artist Alexis Bonavitacola creates art that captures energy, movement, and flow. This exhibition includes examples of the artist’s dream-like alcohol ink paintings and vibrant encaustic wax art.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

LINO TAGLIAPIETRA: MAESTRO OF A GLASS RENAISSANCE
Through June 18, 2017
Grades: College and Graduate Students Only

Lino Tagliapietra: Maestro of a Glass Renaissance showcases works from the past fifteen years by this world-renowned glass master. Curated with objects from private and the artist’s own collections, the show features Tagliapietra’s blown glass vessels, graceful aerial works for which the artist is renowned, and his newer two-dimensional fused glass panels.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

FRESH PERSPECTIVES
April 29–June 23, 2017
Grades: 1–12

Fresh Perspectives is a juried exhibition featuring works of art created by outstanding high school students throughout New Jersey. The artwork of these talented students includes sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and mixed media pieces. In the Fresh Perspectives exhibition, you will find compelling voices and images created by emerging artists and a unique approach to nurturing and applauding the creative spirit. The goal of this program is to expose students to the diverse work of their peers and interpretations of the artwork and participate in an optional sketching activity.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

ALBERT GREEN POTTERY: FROM THE MORRIS MUSEUM COLLECTION
From the Morris Museum Collection
April 29 – June 23, 2017
Grades: 1–12

The works of Albert Green, Master Potter (1914–1994) reflect the artist’s inspiration by Asian ceramics through self-taught, painterly techniques and a subtle sense of earthly color. His personal recreation of Kuan glazes of the Sung Dynasty (A.D. 960–1279) and his harmonious style make him an internationally known master in the field of stoneware, pottery, and ceramic.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

THE STARS TELL THE STORY: AMERICAN FLAGS FROM THE MORRIS MUSEUM COLLECTION
May 13 – November 13, 2017
Grades: 1–12

The American flag voices the story of our nation’s history, culture and involvement in world events. Featuring flags dating from the birth of the country through the Second World War, this exhibition highlights times of prosperity and depression, achievement and invention.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS

The following Exhibition Programs are based on permanent exhibitions and are available throughout the entire school year. All programs are 60 minutes in length.

NEW JERSEY NATURE WALK
Grades: K-4

Children will explore the diversity of the animal kingdom as they learn about the characteristics of reptiles, mammals, and birds and discuss some that are native to New Jersey. Students will examine and handle a variety of objects found in nature, including deer antlers, turtle shells, and snake skin, while exploring our Mammal Gallery.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.3.E

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grades: K-4

Students will learn about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants. In the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will learn about simple geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. Students will also learn about prehistoric life while handling fossils, such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with replicas in the permanent exhibition, Digging Dinosaurs. Students will gain an understanding of the origins and development of life in our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.4.B, 5.4.C


ROCKIN’ MINERALS

Grades: 2-8

This program focuses on the Earth and its geological processes, including volcanoes and fossil formation. Students examine and handle a variety of geological specimens to learn about minerals, the three different types of rock, and how they are formed. Students will discover some of New Jersey’s unique rocks and minerals, including those that fluoresce. Optional activities can include mineral identification testing or making clay fossils.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.4.B, 5.4.C


DINOSAURS – THE PREHISTORIC EARTH

Grades: 2-8

Take a journey to the past and visit the Earth millions of years ago, when the dinosaurs roamed. Learn about dinosaurs, as well as the different reptiles and mammals that shared the Earth with them. Students will handle various materials, including real dinosaur fossils. At the conclusion of the program, students will learn how scientists name dinosaurs using Latin and Greek root words and create their own mixed media dinosaur.

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CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E, 5.4.B


ENDANGERED SPECIES

Grades: 3-8

How do plants and animals become endangered? A lively discussion and hands-on activities focusing on habitats and food chains will increase students’ understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and the interdependence of all living things. Students will examine how both nature and human actions affect all living things. A group activity focused on food chains will teach students about the profound effect that one action has on all living creatures.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.3.A, 1.3.B
CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.3.B, 6.3.D

LEARNING TO LOOK
Grades: 2-12

Look, learn, and write! Students will examine a variety of objects from the Museum’s collection and learn to describe, analyze, and interpret artwork. This program will focus on the four stages of art criticism and will enable students to understand and analyze various types of art. Optional activities: students may individually select a piece of art and create a “museum label” for the artwork, or may conclude the program with sketching time.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.B


NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURES

Grades: K-12

This program will introduce students to four different Native American geographical and cultural areas in the United States: Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. While handling artifacts from each of these culture areas, students will learn about everyday life and important role natural resources played for American Indian cultures. Students will also be introduced to innovative Native American technologies and have the opportunity to operate an Iroquois fire-pump drill.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.2.A
CCCS Science: 5.3.C
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D, 6.2.B, 6.2.C, 6.2.D


MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS

Grades: K-12

This program explores mechanical musical instruments and automata (mechanical figures) as reflections of their time by relating them to history, art, science, and technology. Discover how these inventions work (through the use of simple machines), the people who made them, and who enjoyed them before the “music on demand” era of CDs and iPods. Students will enjoy a live demonstration and visit the Guinness Gallery, where they will view nearly 150 machines that span over 300 years.

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CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.B, 1.1.D, 1.2.A, 1.3.B, 1.3.D
CCCS Science: 5.1.B, 5.1.D, 5.2.C, 5.2.D, 5.3.E
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.C, 6.1.D, 6.2.C, 6.2.D

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

All programs are 60 minutes in length.

MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
Grade: Pre-K

Visit a word where metal combs can make music and dolls can come to life! The Murtogh D. Guinness Collection includes over 600 music boxes and automata that span over 300 years. Children will be introduced to simple machines and historical innovation. Specific vintage music boxes and automata will be demonstrated for the program. Children will also have an opportunity to explore the gallery and create their own punched paper roll.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.2.P.C

DINO TALES AND TURTLE TALES
Grade: Pre-K

This program is designed to introduce young visitors to museum galleries through story reading. The Dinosaur and Mammal Galleries are featured as children enjoy a story and then explore related handling materials.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.3.P.A,C

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grade: Pre-K

Young students will enjoy learning about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants. While in the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will learn about simple geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. Students will also learn about prehistoric life, while handling fossils, such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with speciman replicas in the permanent exhibition, Digging Dinosaurs. They will then explore our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

CCCS Science : 5.1.P.A,B,C, 5.3.P.A,C, 5.4.P.C

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SURVIVORS SPEAK- A CONVERSATION WITH SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST
May 9, 2017: Grades 6–12
May 10, 2017: Grades 6–12
May 17, 2017: Grades 6–12
May 18, 2017: Grades 6–12

10:30AM–12:00PM

Program Fee: $8 per person
A reduced Museum admission price of $3 per person is available when purchasing tickets to any program for students in the Bickford Theatre.

Become a witness. Middle and high school students and teachers are invited to participate in this moving and significant program that brings students face-to-face with Holocaust Survivors in an educational environment.

Barbara Wind, director of the Holocaust Council of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest in Whippany, moderates the program and provides a brief overview of the Holocaust and its place in the history of genocide. Members of the United Jewish Communities Holocaust Council Speakers Bureau speak about their individual experiences during World War II and the Holocaust. From concentration camp survivors to hidden children, survivors give firsthand accounts of the atrocities of war and hate that are descriptive, powerful, and poignant. Students will have the opportunity to meet these living witnesses and participate in a question and answer period.

All special programs are held in the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre and pre-registration is required.

TOUCH THE MUSIC WITH MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
September, 2015 – February, 2016

Program Fee: $8 per person

During the months of September – February the Morris Museum will be offering this 2 hour program in conjunction with Touch the Music LLC. Students will attend the Musical Machines and Living Dolls exhibition program and have an opportunity for a hands–on exploration of musical instruments through Touch the Music.

CLASSROOM INTERMISSION

The Morris Museum presents theater for student audiences on the stage of the 312 seat Bickford Theatre. The Classroom Intermission Theatre Series introduces young audiences to the performing arts, sciences, and the humanities. All programs run 45 minutes to an hour in length.

A reduced museum admission price of $3 per person is available when purchasing tickets to any Classroom Intermission Theatre Series performance.

Programs subject to change.

If you must cancel, please contact the museum one month before the show for a return of your deposit. Deposits are not returned if you cancel less than one month before show date. There are no refunds once full payment has been received.

Sensory Friendly Theater School Program:
PROFESSOR W’S EARTH SCIENCE CIRCUS!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
10:00AM & 12:00PM

50 tickets available for 10:00AM and 160 available for 12:00PM
$8 per person
Grades K-6

PROFESSOR W’S EARTH SCIENCE CIRCUS!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
10:00 AM
$8 per person
Grades K–6

Step right up! A recycling and litter show based on the K–6 Earth Science Curriculum. Environmental conservation topics will be introduced through magic, juggling, stories, live music, contests, plate spinning, audience participation, and the mysterious…commonsensenator!

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SL.(K–5).1A–D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
CCCS Science: 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.3.E, 5.4.C, 5.4.F,
5.4.G

DANCIN’ WITH THE HONEY BEES
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
$8 per person
Grades: 1–6

Clifford Wright–Sunflower is a master beekeeper and environmentalist. Aided by an eager volunteer from the audience dressed in beekeeping equipment, Clifford demonstrates the precision of a beekeeper working a beehive. He transforms the entire audience into a working hive. With bodies busily buzzing around, children learn firsthand about the delicate and complex balance of the bee colony. After the honey bee dance, children are divided into smaller groups to make a beeswax candle, and most important, to share bee fears, experiences, and questions. Program presented by Clifford Wright–Sunflower.

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SL.(K–5).1A–D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.C
CCCS Science

MATH + MAGIC = FUN!
Wednesday, May 16, 2017
10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
$8 per person
Grades: K–3

Join Mr. Fish and Lisa Lou in this fast paced visual show designed specifically with the purpose of creating excitement for Mathematics. The performers explore curriculum specific mathematical principles. Magic, music, circus skills and audience participation keep students focused and excited about math while clarifying the basic concepts which are the building blocks for the rest of their “mathemagical” lives!

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CCSS.ELA–Literacy–CCSS.RI.(K–5).1,3,5 and 7;
SL.(K–5).1A–D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.C

Sensory Friendly Theater School Program:
HANSEL AND GRETEL
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
10:00AM
160 tickets available
$8 per person
Grades 1–4

HANSEL AND GRETEL
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
12:30PM
$8 per person
Grades: 1–4

Eastern Opera Company of New Jersey will present the famous Grimm Brothers fairy tale opera with music by Engelbert Humperdinck. All of the famous characters are here Hansel, Gretel, their Mom and Dad, the Sandman, the Dew Fairy and of course the witch. This opera will be sung in English with narration.

New Jersey Model Curriculum Standards:
Visual Performing Arts
Standards: 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4