Outreach Programs

Let us bring the Morris Museum to you! The Morris Museum, a leading cultural and educational institution, offers outreach programs in the sciences, humanities, and fine arts. All programs are designed to allow students to experience learning in an interactive way using museum artifacts and reproductions. Several programs incorporate PowerPoint presentations.

To learn more about these programs, see our 2015/2016 Adventures in Learning BROCHURE.

Science Programs

Grades: K-3
Object Presentation

In this exploration of the giants that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, students examine prehistoric fossils and models. Through observation and comparison, they will learn to identify various characteristics of dinosaurs and how they lived.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.D, 5.3.E, 5.4.B

Grades: K-3
Object Presentation

Take a walk in the woods without going outdoors! Students will learn about members of our woodlands community and their interconnections as they explore the secret signs that mammals, birds, and reptiles leave behind.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.3.C

Grades: K-4
Object Presentation

Insects are so much more than buzzing, hopping creatures! This program allows students to get up-close to actual specimens of beetles, butterflies, and other insects. See what makes these tiny animals unique and so important to our environment!

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.3.E

Grades: K-4
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

Trees provide our earth with the essentials of life. In this program, students will explore the life cycle of trees, animals that depend on trees, and the way in which trees and their products are used by people. Student group activities include leaf identification and ‘reading’ a tree cookie.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.1.D, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.3.D, 5.4.E

Grades: 1-3
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

From the dark depths of the ocean to the bright blue sky, animals around the world have adapted to survive. Students will explore how the unique relationships animals have with their habitat and each other contribute to their survival.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.3.A, 5.3.B, 5.3.C, 5.4.G

Grades: 1-3
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

Students will enjoy learning about the hows and whys of weather phenomena! Through wild and wonderful demonstrations, children will gain an understanding of world weather conditions.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.B, 5.4.F, 5.4.G
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B

Grades: 1-4
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

Why is soil and its conservation important? Students will explore the formation of soil through natural earth processes of weathering and erosion. Students will also examine various samples of rocks and minerals.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.4.B, 5.4.C, 5.4.G

Grades: 4-6
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

What does it mean to be on the brink of extinction? Where can we find invasive species? How can we have a positive impact on the survival of wildlife? An examination of various biofacts from the wild will help students answer these questions and explore the impact that human choices have on wildlife around the world.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.C, 5.1.D, 5.3.C, 5.3.E
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B

Grades: 4-6
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

From the stone age to the present day, people have been using innovative tools to simplify the work they do. An examination of objects will guide students to identify the simple machines that may have been used to build the Great Pyramid of Giza and discover how a wheel and axle cuts the perfect slice of pizza.

CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.C, 5.2.D

Grades: 4-6
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

What innovations and inventions have the people of the great state of New Jersey CREATED? How have these creations impacted our world? Join us for a hands on exploration of the inventions that have changed the globe, including Thomas Edison’s Electric Light bulb and Samuel Morse’s improvements on the telegraph and invention of Morse code.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.C, 6.1.D
CCCS Science: 5.1.A, 5.1.C

Arts & Humanities Programs

Grades: 5-8
Object Presentation

Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman life will be explored through hands-on examinations of authentic artifacts and reproductions of objects dating back as early as 5000BC. These programs will highlight the rise of each civilization as well as their unique culture, architecture, religious beliefs, and influences on modern civilizations.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.D, 6.2.A
*This program is offered as a series or as individual programs

Grades: 4-8

Object Presentation

Through an exploration of material culture, “objects from the past,” students will gain an appreciation for preserving these tangible pieces of history. Highlights include insight to archaeological discoveries as students analyze authentic artifacts and reproductions of objects from the time of the dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, Native Americans, and more!

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1B, 6.1D, 6.2B, 6.2D

Grades: K-8
Object Presentation

What can we use to make music besides our voices? Students will experience a multi-sensory exploration of music by seeing, hearing, and touching instruments from around the world. History about the cultural connections and origins of each instrument will also be explored.

CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.1.B, 1.2.A, 1.3.B, 1.4.A
CCCS Science: 5.2.C, 5.4.G
CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B

Grades: 1-6
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

Students learn why and how people moved westward and examine museum artifacts and models to piece together a picture of pioneer life in the 1800s.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D Visual and Performing Arts: 1.2.A

Grades: 2-5
Object/PowerPoint Presentation

By examining authentic artifacts and models, students will experience a broad overview of American Indian life in four major geographical and cultural areas: Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.B, 6.1.D
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.2.A

Grades: 3-6

PowerPoint Presentation

This program examines important contributions to New Jersey state history through various immigrant groups that have settled here. Students will explore reasons for immigration, where people came from, and what they found when they arrived.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.A, 6.1.B, 6.1.C, 6.1.D
CCCS Visual and Performing Arts: 1.2

Grades: K-2
Object Presentation

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.

CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.A, 6.1.D

Planetarium Programs

Grades: K-2
Object Presentation

Explore the celestial skies! Students will learn about the sun and moon, earth’s seasons, and take a look at stars and constellations found in the night sky.

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, 5.2.C, 5.4.A

Grades: 3-6

As an introduction to the history and mythology of our starry nights, students will learn about the mythological origins of constellations and many of the imaginative interpretations by ancient peoples who saw pictures in the night sky.

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, 5.2.C, 5.4.A CCCS Social Studies: 6.1.D, 6.2.D


Adult Outreach Programs

Science Programs


Endangered? Extinct? Participants will explore the impact of human choices, such as hunting, harvesting and human-animal conflict on world wildlife.

Take a walk in the woods without going outdoors! Discover the secret signs that mammals, birds and reptiles leave behind, and discuss their interconnections while handling antlers, turtle shells, and other natural specimens.

In this tour of the earth’s active crust, participants will explore the historical geology of the earth, and how natural processes impact our planet through volcanic activity and earthquakes.


Arts and Humanities Program

Using a four-step art critique process, participants will be encouraged to appreciate fine and decorative art objects from the Morris Museum collection.

Participants will experience a multi-sensory exploration of music by seeing, hearing and touching diverse instruments, and learn a little bit about the culture that created each instrument.

As a complement to the museum’s permanent exhibition, the Murtogh D. Guinness collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata, this program incorporates a variety of multi-media clips of various pieces. Discussion will focus on the historical significance of the collection, and will reveal how the concept of entertainment changed over time.

Using reproductions and museum artifacts, participants will piece together a picture of pioneer life in the 1800s.

This program provides a broad overview of American Indian life in four major geographical and cultural areas.

This program is an exploration of the diverse cultures that have contributed to New Jersey’s history. Whether their reasons for coming were religious, political or economic, New Jersey’s history is full of the stories of everyday men and women.

Using material culture “ the objects of the past “ which relate to everyday life, discover how objects may influence their perspective on the past, and why it is important to preserve these tangible pieces of history.

Quilts serve as tangible expressions of community and heritage. Explore the stories that lie between the stitches while learning about the art and history of quilting in various cultural groups.

Special Series

Explore the Western Hemisphere with the Morris Museum Traveler Series, and become acquainted with the people and culture of several countries. Participants are encouraged to share memories of their own travel experiences while viewing photos taken by Morris Museum staff members. Programs include handling objects from most of the countries listed, and can be scheduled for individual countries or as a series.
Canada & Alaska, Mexico, The Caribbean, Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany & Austria.


 Ancient Egypt: Scarabs, bulls, lions and cats: discover the significance of ancient Egyptian gods through examining everyday objects. Using a model, observe the process of making a mummy by which the human body was preserved in order to enjoy life after death.

Ancient Greece: Explore ancient Greek life through examination of common everyday objecats such as plates, cups, bowls and lamps. Listen to stories of the gods they worshiped and view their images in visually artistic and utilitarian works of arts.

Mammals: Explore the natural world up-close! Examine mounted specimens of local wildlife, and learn about their habits and habitats.

Birds: Participants will examine a variety of birds through an assortment of mounted specimens. Don’t miss this opportunity to closely observe and learn about their habits and habitats.

African Masks and Sculpture: These marvelously carved spiritual objects served ritualistic purposes and were considered to be magically powerful. Discover the importance and religious aspect of African masks such as the Baluba, Kifwebe and Senufo masks, as they were believed to be the representation of the body and spirit.

Musical Instruments of Indigenous Cultures: Explore and delight in drums and rattles from Africa to Alaska, Indonesia to Ecuador! Observe and play various Native American instruments while learning about the cultures from which they came.

Exploring World Cultures through Dolls: Journey and delight in dolls from around the world! Attired in traditional clothing, formal dress and exquisite costumes, explore many cultures and countries, from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

These programs present an introduction to specific topics. Handling and examining objects, artifacts and reproductions provides educational and entertaining explorations in the sciences, arts and humanities.

How to Book an Outreach Program

Outreach Programs are available Monday through Friday beginning at 9:30AM. To ensure the dates of your choice, we suggest you schedule as far in advance as possible. Call the Morris Museum at 973.971.3710 from 9AM – 3PM, Monday through Thursday or email [email protected]


One program for up to 100 students includes:

• Two (2) consecutive presentations in the same location.
• Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
• Maximum of 50 students per presentation.
• Smaller groups allow optimal student interaction and are recommended.
• Please provide a large table, and if applicable, a screen for PowerPoint presentations.
• Please allow up to 15 minutes before and after the program for set up/clean up.


One program for up to 100 students includes:

• Four (4) presentations, typically two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
• Each presentation is approximately 50 minutes.
• Maximum of 25 students and one teacher per presentation.
• Space requirements needed: an open floor area of at least 20’ x 20’ with a height of 16’.
• Please allow up to 30 minutes before and after the program for set up/clean up.


Science, Arts & Humanities Programs:

• $150 per program for up to 100 students
• To accommodate more than 100 students, each additional program (to be scheduled on the same day as needed) will cost $100 each.

Planetarium Programs:

•$200 per program for up to 100 students.

Travel Fee:

•$25 for schools outside a 10-mile radius from the Morris Museum.

Payment Policy:

• A 50% deposit is due upon receipt of program confirmation.
• Final payment is due on or before the scheduled program date.
• Programs cancelled up to two weeks in advance will be fully refunded.
• Programs cancelled less than two weeks in advance are non- refundable.