Special Programs for Families
Enjoy a variety of special programs and events, all designed for families, covering science, music, art and more!
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Select Fridays in July and August from 1:00PM – 2:30PM
July 13 – key percussion
July 20 – bowed string instruments
July 27 – plucked string instruments
Aug 03 – brass instruments
Aug 10 – hand drums
Join us for a hands-on exploration of different musical instruments through Touch the Music with Claudia Lemmerz. Children of all ages welcome.
Non-Members: Child $7 / Adult $10
(Includes Museum Admission)
Annual Gem, Mineral & Fossil Sale
Saturday, August 18, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Shop with top mineral, gem and fossil dealers. Jewelry, books, and thousands of specimens (including overstock from the Morris Museum Collection) will be available for purchase.
Children under 12: $3*
* Includes Museum Admission
BASF’s Kids’ Lab
Select Wednesdays in July and August at 1:00PM
BASF’s Kids’ Lab is a global program to spark childrens’ interest in chemistry through safe and engaging, hands-on experiments. A Kids’ Lab session includes educator-led instruction, interactive lab experiments, and a takeaway for each participant.
Designed for kids ages 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. If you have attended a Kids’ Lab before, please consider bringing your safety glasses and apron with you!
FREE with Museum Admission. Advance registration is required.
Explore Sand Program Full
July 11 at 1:00PM
Sand that is a afraid of water? Sand that holds its shape? Find out how science makes some kinds of sand behave differently than the sand we may find on the beach.
Rock and Write with Graphite Program Full
July 18 at 1:00PM
Discover properties such as hardness and softness of minerals using different tools. Participants will try to write with pure graphite, and also perform tests to see if the soft mineral can conduct electricity.
Hold Everything Program Full
July 25 at 1:00PM
Don’t cry over spilled anything! Join us while we explore some interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with some household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.
Fun with Fossils Program Full
August 22 at 1:00PM
Did you know that some dinosaurs ate rocks? Learn about the prehistoric earth and facts about the creatures that lived millions of years ago. Hold fossils right in your hand and tour our new fossil exhibit. Then make your own “fossil cast” to take home!
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata
Every Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00PM
Join us in the galleries for a 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.