Gallery Tours

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

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

Gallery Tours Request Form

We strive to provide interactive, engaging, and educational programs for all age groups, and we need your help to do so! By filling out our evaluation form, this allows you to voice your thoughts and suggestions, rate our educators, and let us know how we can better accommodate your group.Your feedback is always encouraged and we appreciate your assistance to help us better serve you!

Your feedback is always encouraged and we appreciate your assistance to help us better serve you!

Gallery Tours Evaluation Form

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.

RE-REPRESENTING DISABILITIES
June 13-September 17, 2017
Grades: K–8

This exhibition features artists from the Matheny Arts Access Program and Arts Unbound working as part of Art Garden CSA (Community Supported Art). Both organizations support and serve artists with disabilities, and have collaborated to bring this unique project to reality. The innovative Art Garden connects these artists with the local community, and works to further the professional art careers of the talented artists who participate.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

MURTOGH’S MUSIC ROOM
June 15-October 15, 2017
Grades: 1–12

Explore an exhibition featuring some of Murtogh’s personal favorites, including a variety of large and elegant table model cylinder musical boxes and upright disc boxes. Impressive instruments include a Welte-Mignon Reproducing Cabinet Piano and a rare Longman Mechanical Barrel Piano, c. 1810.   Many of these personal favorites have never before been exhibited

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

FULL STEAM AHEAD! MODEL TRAINS AND RAILROADS
June 28-September 3, 2017
Grades: College and Graduate Students Only

Get up close and personal with our ever-popular Mega Model Trains! This summer’s display will also showcase pre and post war trains from the Morris Museum Collection and photos, models, and memorabilia relating to New Jersey’s iconic Blue Comet.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

THE EVOLUTION OF MILITARY FASHION
July 5-November 26, 2017

Highlighting the significant changes American military uniforms have undergone since the country’s inception in 1776, the uniforms featured in this exhibition include examples from the Revolutionary War through World War II.

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

CCSS.ELA-Literacy-CCSS.RI.(K-5).1,3,5 and 7; SL.(K-5).1A-D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy-CCSS.RI.(K-5).1,3,5 and 7; SL.(K-5).1A-D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
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.

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: 1.3.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.

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.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 45 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

Let‘s Go Rock!
Grades: Pre-K – K

Young students will learn all about rocks and minerals, through reading, and handling specimens in our Rock and Mineral gallery,

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE DINOSAURS! 
Grades: Pre-K – K

Students will listen to a story about a museum adventure, and touch real fossils and replicas in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery

IN THE FOREST 
Grades Pre-K – K

The Mammals Gallery is the perfect backdrop for story time and exploration of items like animal fur, skins, and turtle shells. Students will listen to a story about a museum adventure, and touch real fossils and replicas in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery

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

TOUCH THE MUSIC WITH MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS

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.

2018 Program TBD