Special Programs for Families

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guinness-demonstrationDaily Live Demonstration:
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata
Every Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00PM
All Ages

Join us in the galleries for an historical overview and live demonstration of some of the mechanical musical instruments and automata from the Museum’s Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. This custom designed, 4300 sq.ft. permanent exhibit features 150 superb examples of early mechanical musical entertainment. From precious smalls that can fit in the palm of your hand, to the huge 9 foot tall European Dance Hall Orchestrion.

Free with Museum admission.

Music Tuesdays
Tuesdays, June 27, July 11, August 8, August 15, and August 22, 1:00-2:30PM

The Morris Museum is offering a wonderful musical experience this summer for children of all ages. Join us for a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments through “Touch the Music” with Claudia Lemmerz.

  • 6/27:  Key percussion instruments
  • 7/11:  Drums from around the world
  • 8/8:  Plucked string instruments
  • 8/15:  Bowed string instruments
  • 8/22:  Brass instruments

Free with Museum admission. 


Science Wednesdays: BASF Kid’s Lab
Sold Out: Wednesday August 9, 1:00pm
Ages 6 – 12

The BASF Kid’s Lab is a global program for children to raise their interest in chemistry through safe and engaging, hands-on experiments. A Kid’s Lab session includes educator-led instruction, interactive lab experiments and takeaway items for each participant.

Designed for kids aged 6-12 and their caregivers, programs run 45-60 minutes in length and begin promptly at 1:00pm. Please plan to arrive by 12:45PM to check in. Each date will offer a different science theme. Have you taken a Kid’s Lab in the past? Bring your goggles and apron!

Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

 

 

 


Floral Fun
Friday, September 15, 10:00AM

Explore shapes and colors in Ysabel LeMay’s beautiful collages then create your own floral masterpiece.

Book Art
Friday, October 13, 10:00AM

Discover the new exhibit, Book Art: A Novel Idea, then make your own book inspired creation to take home.

A Chemistry Mystery sponsored by BASF
Friday, November 17, 10:00AM

Join us for a surprise chemistry exploration in our BASF Kid’s Lab. Each child will receive a BASF backpack with lab goodies inside. (If you already have a backpack, please bring your goggles and apron with you)

Model Trains
Friday, December 15, 10:00AM

Come see our Mega Model Train display, then make a train-related craft.

Vacation Day Workshops
Monday, October 9, 12:00PM – 2:00PM 

Welcome the fall season by making a fun and festive wreath for your home.
Vacation Day Workshops: FREE with Museum Admission; Drop in between 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Vacation Day Workshops
Thursday, November 9, 12:00PM – 2:00PM 

Create a craft in honor of Native American Heritage Month and the Lenape Indians that once made NJ their home.
Vacation Day Workshops: FREE with Museum Admission; Drop in between 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Vacation Day Workshops
Friday, November 10, 12:00PM – 2:00PM 

Enjoy making a craft inspired by our nation’s history and our flag exhibit: The Stars Tell The Story.
Vacation Day Workshops: FREE with Museum Admission; Drop in between 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Home School Discovery Adventure: Learning to Look
Thursday, September 28, 1:00PM

Look, Learn, and draw! Students will examine a variety of objects from the Museum’s collection and learn to describe, analyze, and interpret artworks. Program concludes with a sketching activity in the choice gallery.
Members: $10 per child/Free for Adults. Non-Members: $10 per person entering the Museum. (Adults who are dropping off their child/children for the program will not be charged a fee unless they are entering the Museum).
To register, please click here.

Home School Discovery Adventure: Cool Chemistry! Sponsored by BASF
Thursday, October 26, 1:00PM

Join us in celebrating National Chemistry Week in our BASF Kid’s Lab. The BASF Kid’s Lab is a global program for children to raise their interest in chemistry through safe and engaging, hands-on experiments. The students will be introduced to the super science world. This Home School Discovery Program is made possible in part by BASF.
Members: $10 per child/Free for Adults. Non-Members: $10 per person entering the Museum. (Adults who are dropping off their child/children for the program will not be charged a fee unless they are entering the Museum).
To register, please click here.


Home School Discovery Adventure: Animals of the Amazon
Thursday, November 30, 1:00PM

Students will learn about animals that inhabit the Amazon Rain Forest. The program includes an activity on the rain forest in the classroom.
Members: $10 per child/Free for Adults. Non-Members: $10 per person entering the Museum. (Adults who are dropping off their child/children for the program will not be charged a fee unless they are entering the Museum).
To register, please click here.

Family Film and Workshop Event 
Saturday, October 7, 12:30PM – 4:00PM 

Enjoy a fun-filled day immersed in automata! First, let us excite you with the film, Hugo, about a young boy and his automaton, in the Bickford Theater. Afterward, enjoy fascinating automata from The Guinness Collection through live demonstrations. Wrapping up the afternoon, each family receives a kit to construct and operate their own automaton to bring home!

Please check back for more dates that will be scheduled in the future.