Gallery Tours


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

To submit a request for a Gallery Tour(s) or Special Programs listed below, please fill out following form:

Online 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!

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If you have additional questions, please contact Colleen Mackenzie:

Phone:  973.971.3710
Email:    [email protected]


CURRENT AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS

All programs are 60 minutes in length.

Field Trip Students: $8 per person
Adult Groups: $12 per person

RE-PRESENTING DISABILITY
Through September 17, 2017

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
Through October 15, 2017

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.

THE STARS TELL THE STORY: AMERICAN FLAGS FROM THE MORRIS MUSEUM COLLECTION
Through November 13, 2017
Grades: K-4*

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.

*Field Trip Program available

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.A-D.
U.S. History: America in the World from Beginnings(1492)- 1970s.

THE EVOLUTION OF MILITARY FASHION
Through 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.

WOW: WONDERFUL OTHER WORLDS
September 17-December 3, 2017

Witness the power and beauty of the natural world through the technological skills and organic arrangements of photographer and collage artist Ysabel LeMay. Her work invites the viewer to imagine another world through adept weavings of both the magnificence as well as the desiccation of the natural world.

Core Curriculum Standards are available upon request.

BOOK ART: A NOVEL IDEA
October 27, 2017-March 4, 2018

Grades K-4*

Old or new, many or few, Book Art is exactly as it reads – art composed of books. A versatile form of modern art, Book Art is a medium that can be as subtle as adding a drawing or text to a page or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture. Students will view and ponder these unusual pieces, discuss how they may have been made, and do their own inspired activity.

*Field Trip Program available

CCSS Mathematics: Geometry K-4.G.A.1-3.
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.D, 1.3.D, 1.4.A, 1.4.

MUSEUM DETECTIVES: WHAT IS IT?
November 21, 2017-February 20, 2018

Grades: K-4*

The Morris Museum will present unusual and intriguing objects from its collection and give you clues as to how, when or even why these objects were made, for students to figure out. Visitors will use their observation and problem solving skills to classify objects and draw their own conclusions. Are they from the past or future, fine art or scientific objects? This interactive exhibit will get students thinking!

*Field Trip Program available

NJ 21st Century and Career Skills: Career Ready Practices CRP2., CRP4., CRP8.

STORYBOOK STYLE: A SELECTION OF WORKS FROM THE MINDS OF LIVING ILLUSTRATORS
December 5, 2017-March 11, 2018

Featuring the extraordinary art of both established and emerging illustrators whose work will thrill both young and old audiences alike.

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.

Field Trip Students: $8 per person

NEW JERSEY NATURE WALK: WILDLIFE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT
Grades: K-4

Explore the diversity of the animal kingdom, learn about the characteristics of reptiles, mammals, and birds and discuss some that are native to New Jersey. While observing and discussing different organisms, students will review what animals need to survive in their environment, how different characteristics help them survive, grow, and meet their needs, and how variations in characteristics may provide advantages in surviving. Students will examine and handle a variety of objects found in nature, including deer antlers, turtle shells, and snake skin, while taking a closer look at our Mammals Gallery.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
NGSS: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grades: K-4

Students will learn about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants. In the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will review simple geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. By looking at different types of rocks, rock layers and fossils, students will be introduced to the idea that the earth has changed over time. Students  will  also  discuss  prehistoric  life  while  handling  fossils,  such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with replicas in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery. Students will observe patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to explain changes in a landscape over time.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
NGSS: Earth’s Place in the Universe and Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

ROCKIN’ MINERALS
Grades: 2-8

This program takes place in our Rock and Mineral Gallery, and 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, and the three different types of rock. Students will learn about how different rock layers and types of rocks represent how the earth has changed over time. 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 “fossils” using air- dry clay.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
NGSS: Earth’s Place in the Universe

DINOSAURS – THE PREHISTORIC EARTH
Grades: 2-8

Take a journey to the past in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery and visit the Earth millions of years ago, when dinosaurs roamed New Jersey. Learn about dinosaurs and some of the different plants and animals that shared the Earth with them. Students will handle a variety of materials, including real dinosaur fossils, and become junior paleontologists learning about the organisms as well as the environments in which they lived long ago. Students will also observe the fossil record that documents the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. Optional activity: students will learn how scientists name dinosaurs using Latin and Greek root words and draw their own dinosaur.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
NGSS: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

ENDANGERED SPECIES
Grades: 3-8

How do plants and animals become endangered? A lively discussion in our Mammals Gallery with hands-on activities focusing on habitats and food chains will increase students’ understanding of Earth’s biodiversity and the interdependence of all living things. When an environment changes, the types of plants and animals that live there may change. Students will examine how both nature and human actions affect all living things. Through discussion, students will propose methods for monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment. A group activity focused on food chains will teach students about the profound effect that one action can have on all living creatures.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.3.B
NGSS: Energy; Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity; Earth and Human Activity; Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

LEARNING TO LOOK
Grades: 2-12

Look, learn, and write! Students will examine a variety of objects or artwork from the Museum’s collection and learn to describe, analyze, and interpret art. This program will focus on the four stages of art criticism and will enable students to understand and analyze various types of art located throughout the museum. 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.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

AMERICAN INDIAN CULTURES
Grades: K-12

This program will introduce students to different American Indian geographical and cultural areas in the United States: including Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Pacific Northwest. This program highlights the different resources available which had a great impact on American Indian diet, clothing and communities. While handling artifacts from each of these regions in our American Indians Gallery, students will learn about everyday life and the important role natural resources played in American Indian technologies.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.D, 1.2.A

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 celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Guinness Gallery, where they will view nearly 150 machines that span over 300 years.

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) 1A-D, 2,3,4, and 6
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.C, 6.1.D, 6.2.C, 6.2.D
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts 1.1.D, 1.2.A

NEW! ANIMALS OF THE AMAZON
Grades: K-12

Take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest with the Morris Museum. Students will learn about the diversity of the rainforest and the animals that live there. Students will investigate the endangered and extinct animals of the Amazon rainforest as well as how the students can help protect the rainforest and its animals. Through discussion, in our Mammals Gallery, students will propose methods for monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment.

CCSS. ELA-Literacy.SL.(K-5). 1.A-D, 2, 3, 4, and 6
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.3.B
NGSS: Energy;  Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity;
Earth and Human Activity; Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

NEW! HISTORICAL NEW JERSEY

Monuments,  memorials, statues, and bells…oh my! Students will delight in learning about the origins and significance of some of our nation’s oldest symbols and the Americans who helped to develop our country. Visit some of the museum’s period rooms, and learn a bit about the family who once lived here, and the time period in which the house was built.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

All programs are 45 minutes in length.

Field Trip Students: $8 per person

MUSICAL MACHINES AND LIVING DOLLS
Grade: Pre-K

Visit a world 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.

NEW! Let‘s Go Rock!
Grades: Pre-K – K

Learn about rocks,   minerals and rock collecting through reading, and handling of rock and mineral specimens in our Rock and Mineral Gallery. Children will explore the differences between rocks and minerals, touch petrified wood, see real gemstones, and rocks of all shapes and colors. A trip into our mine reveals minerals that glow in the dark.

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

Young paleontologists will listen to a story about a museum adventure, and then touch real fossils and replicas in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery. Students will have the chance to sit in a dinosaur nest, touch dinosaur footprints and make rubbings to take home. Hold a T-Rex tooth, a stegosaurus spike, and examine real dinosaur eggs.

NEW! 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. Young students will explore the clues left behind by animals, including some that live in New Jersey. Students will be able to view our grizzly bear, fox, owl, beaver, and the other animals on display.

NEW! LET’S LEARN TO READ! 
Grades Pre-K

The first step in teaching children to read is to be able to identify the alphabet letters. This can be achieved by teaching children to recognize letter shapes and sounds through engaging interactivity. The program begins with story time In the gallery of your choice, and then playing “Loo Loo’s Alphabet Matching Game by The Kangaroo Crew® to help children recognize the letters of the alphabet in a fun way.

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grade: Pre-K

Young students will enjoy learning about the Earth and its prehistoric inhabitants in this program that combines a trip to both our Rock and Mineral Gallery and our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery. 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 specimen replicas in the permanent exhibition, Digging Dinosaurs. They can then explore our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

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 hands–on exploration of musical instruments through Touch the Music.

SURVIVORS SPEAK: A CONVERSATION WITH SURVIVORS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
Grade: 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.

Program Dates:
May 8, 2018
May 9, 2018
May 16, 2018
May 17, 2018

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.

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.

Program Fee: $8 per person. A reduced museum admission price of $3 per person is available when purchasing tickets to any Classroom Intermission Theatre Series performance.

MEET BETSY ROSS
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: 1-6

You are invited to enjoy a visit with “Betsy Ross,” as she tells her own story about the special day when George Washington came to her upholstery shop. As you learn about the symbols on our flag and why it looks the way it does, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in Betsy’s story – and she’ll even share her secret for making a 5-pointed star! Twelve colonial flags will be displayed, as well as a hand-sewn flag made in the upholstery shop at the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia. *Ask how to pair with an educator led-tour of our Flags and Uniforms exhibition before or after the show through November 13.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.C CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.D


PROFESSOR W’ EARTH SCIENCE CIRCUS
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 10AM & 12:30PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10AM *Sensory Friendly Theatre
Grades: K-6

Step right up! Are cycling 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…common sensenator!

CCSS.ELA-Literacy-CCSS.RI.(K-5).1,3,5 and 7; SL.(K-5).1A-D, 2, 3, 4 and 6
CCCS Science: 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.3.E, 5.4.C, 5.4.F, 5.4.G


DANCIN’ WITH THE HONEYBEES WITH CLIFFORD WRIGHT-SUNFLOWER
Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 10AM & 12:30PM
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 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. Children are then divided into smaller groups to make a beeswax candle, and most important, to share bee fears, experiences, and questions.

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


PETER THE WOLF AND MORE WITH GARDEN STATE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 10AM*Sensory Friendly Theatre and 12:30PM
Grades: Pre-K-5

There is NO better way to introduce children to classical music than with this musical fairy tale of the little boy who, with the help of a bird , outsmarted the big, bad wolf. This concert will also feature a new work by composers Elliot Forest and Michael Shapiro, The Babbling Orchestra, which has a charming story about making friends and seeing the “bigger picture” of individuals and their larger communities.

Visual and Performing Arts (1.1, 1.2, 1.4); Science (5.2); Social Studies (6.2); 21st Century Life and Careers (9.2)


Programs subject to change. Check back regularly for more information.

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.