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.

Educator-led programs and tours are available Tuesdays-Fridays between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Self-guided browse tours are available Tuesdays-Sundays during Museum operating hours.

PLANNING AHEAD

Due to a high volume of field trip requests, we do our best to accommodate all group visits. To receive higher priority for a program(s) during your preferred time of year, please look to our guidelines below on how to best prepare for your visit:

Time of year to visit When to start booking
Fall visits (September-November) June of previous school year-August
Winter visits (December-March) September-early November
Spring visits (April-June) December-February
Summer visits (end of June-August) March-May

While we recommend the booking guidelines above, please be aware that tentative conflicts may arise on select dates based on our educator’s availability and museum events. Booking within guidelines does not always ensure availability. Booking outside of guidelines does not always mean there is no availability.


CURRENT AND FUTURE EXHIBITIONS TOURS

All programs are 45-60 minutes in length.

**Please check back regularly for updates regarding our changing exhibitions schedule. 

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

WHAT CAME BEFORE US
On view through September 23, 2018

In this exhibition, prowl the four regions of the United States to uncover what lies deep beneath the surface. Learn about the process of fossilization, and why particular types of fossils are found in specific regions. Ever wonder how fossils are collected? Get the inside scoop and who knows, you might just be lucky enough to discover a fossil bed right in your own backyard!

FROM GEM TO STONE
On view through September 16, 2018

Shine bright like a rock? mineral? —or gem!  This exhibition highlights our extensive collection of rocks and minerals, with representative specimens from the mineralogical profile of New Jersey.

From quartz and amethyst, to rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, learn about the tools and processes that shape and refine these precious and semi-precious stones into breathtaking gems.

THINGS COME APART
September 8, 2018-December 2, 2018

Disassembled objects, astonishing photographs and compelling video
showcase photographer Todd McLellan’s unique approach to documenting the technological methods of modern mass production—in reverse. After a tour of the exhibit, students will then try their hand at team engineering projects that get them inventing and building.

Things Come Apart is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellanand the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).

 

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TRUMPETS, WEIRD AND WONDERFUL: THE UTLEY BRASS COLLECTION
October 7, 2018-March 17, 2019

Forget everything you think you know about the trumpet, the best-known member of the brasswind family. Trumpet-like musical instruments appear across time and cultures in surprising shapes, sizes, and features, from the conch-shell trumpet to the didgeridoo, from the valveless natural trumpet to the keyed bugle. By special arrangement with the National Music Museum, this exhibit of more than forty musical instruments, including audio and video demonstrations, will delight young and old, student and connoisseur.

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CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B,
Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.B, 1.2.B, 1.3.B, 1.4.A
NGSS: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Technology: 8.2.2.A.l, 3; 8.2.5.A.l-5; 8.2.8.A.2

COMMUNITY HELPERS: FIREFIGHTERS
**Call for exhibition dates

From rescuing those trapped in burning buildings, to assisting family pets stuck in trees, firefighters are vital to our society. In this exhibition, take a closer look into the lives and work of volunteer and full-time firefighters in New Jersey.

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CRPl – 12: 21st Century Life And Careers

POACHING THEIR FUTURE
**Call for exhibition dates

As the largest mammal on earth, the elephant has helped maintain forests and ecosystems for other species for almost five million years. Yet, they are threatened due to poaching caused by the ever increasing demand for ivory products. In this exhibition, learn about the conflict, poaching, and habitat destruction that continues to threaten the elephant population and what organizations, governments, and conservationists are doing to
combat this growing issue*. Idea! Combine with Endangered Species program

CCSS.ELA-literacy-CCSS.SL.(K-5) lA-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

PERMANENT EXHIBITIONS PROGRAMS

The following Exhibition Programs are based on permanent exhibitions and are available throughout the entire school year. All programs are 45-60 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 NJ. While observing and discussing different organisms, students will learn 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 snakeskin, while taking a closer look at specimens in our Natural
Science Classroom.

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NGSS: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes; Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

EARTH EXPLORERS
Grades: K-4

In the Rock and Mineral Gallery, students will review a sample of geological processes, as they handle and observe a variety of rocks and minerals. By looking at different types of rocks and fossils, students will be
introduced to the idea that the earth had changed over time. Students will then discuss prehistoric life while examining fossils, such as dinosaur eggs and tracks, along with replicas in our Digging Dinosaurs Gallery.
They can then explore our newest permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

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 rocks. Students will learn about how different 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: Minerals identification testing OR making “fossils” using air-dry clay.

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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, and learn about some of the different plants and animals that shared the Earth with them. Students will handle a variety of materials, including real fossils, while learning about the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. Then explore fossils such as stromatolites and a megalodon tooth in our newest permanent exhibition: A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

Optional activity: Learn how scientists name dinosaurs and create a dinosaur drawing activity.

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NGSS: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

ENDANGERED SPECIES
Grades: 3-8

How do plants and animals become endangered? A lively discussion in our Natural Science Classroom 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 of monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment. A group activity focused on food chains will teach 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! This program focuses on the four stages of art criticism and will enable students to understand, describe, interpret, and analyze various types of art 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.

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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 where they will view nearly 150 machines that span over 300 years in our Guinness Collection of Music Machines and Automata.

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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 AND LIFE OF THE AMAZON
Grades: K-4

Take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest! Students will learn about the diversity of the rainforest and the people and animals that live there. Students will investigate biodiversity, adaptation and endangered and extinct animals, as well as the importance of the rainforest and the need for its protection.

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! THE HISTORY NEW JERSEY
Grades: K-8

From dinosaurs to diners, New Jersey is a state rich in history. Learn about the state’s prehistoric past, first inhabitants, our first immigrants, and how they lived, our role in the revolution, facts about our state, and all of the wonderful inventions that came from New Jersey.

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

NEW! HISTORICAL AMERICAN SYMBOLS
Grades: K-2

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 significant Americans who helped to develop our country.

CCCS Social Studies : 6.1 .A, 6.1 .D

NEW! BUTTERFLIES OF NEW JERSEY
Grades: Pre K-4

What is a butterfly? What butterflies live in New Jersey? We’ll explore the butterfly lifecycle, environment, pollination, conservation, and learn about some of the specific butterflies that live in our state.

NJCCCS 5.3 Life Science 5.4 Earth Systems Science

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.

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.

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, hold a T-Rex tooth, a stegosaurus spike, and examine real dinosaur eggs. They can then explore fossils like a megalodon tooth our permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

IN THE FOREST 
Grades Pre-K – K

The Natural Science Classroom 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 bear, fox, owl, beaver, and other animals on display.

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 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 fossils like a megalodon tooth in our permanent exhibition, A Story of Life on Earth: Fossils Tell the Tale.

NEW! ANIMALS AND LIFE OF THE AMAZON
Grades: Pre K-K

Take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest! First, read a story all about the Amazon Rainforest, and then learn about the rainforest environment, and some of the creatures that live there.

NEW! BUTTERFLIES OF NEW JERSEY
Grades: Pre K-K

What is a butterfly? What butterflies live in our state? We’ll explore the
butterfly lifecycle, parts of the butterfly and learn about some of the specific
butterflies that live in our state.

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: 

Thursday, May 9
Thursday, May 16

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.

PROFESSOR W’S EARTH SCIENCE CIRCUS
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades: K-6
Step right up! A recycling and litter show based on the K-6 Earth Science Curriculum. Environment conservation topics will be introduced through magic, juggling, stories, live music, contests, plate spinning, audience participation, and the mysterious….commonsensenator!

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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 8, 2019
10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
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.

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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.

BOOK A PROGRAM!

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

Gallery Tours Online Request Form

TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS!

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!

Online Evaluation Form


If you have additional questions, please contact Colleen Mackenzie:

Phone:  973.971.3710
Email:    [email protected]


 

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