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Description

The Morgan Library & Museum's school programs are anchored in teaching philosophies that define education as a way of building children's confidence as self-reliant seekers of knowledge and independent-minded creative thinkers.
In a classroom setting, the K–12 curriculum in the sciences and humanities is rarely studied through direct observation of primary sources, such as Mesopotamian seals and tablets, medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, rare printed books, master drawings, and period architecture.

Please note that for in-person field trips, we limit groups to 15 for a more interactive and intimate experience. We can accommodate no more than 4 groups, or 60 students, at one time in our historic library.


Lunch Notes

We do not have lunch space available on the premises. For a list of green spaces and nearby restaurants, please check our website or email schools@themorgan.org.

Bathroom Notes

Multi-stall bathrooms are available for use at the beginning or the end of your visit; please note that any time spent using restrooms will be forfeited from your overall program length.

Cancellation Policy

Please contact the Education Associate directly to cancel your program. Programs cancelled with less than 48 hours notice may be subject to a cancellation fee.

Info

225 MADISON AVE
New York, NY 10016

+1 212-685-0008

schools@themorgan.org

Sun
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon
Closed
Tues
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat
10:30 am - 5:00 pm

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Subjects
Art, Literature, History, Engineering, Arts, Primary Sources, Medieval History, Ancient History, Myths & Legends, Writing, Modern History, Social Justice, Music, Poetry, African American History, 20th Century, Visual Arts, Cultural Connections, Social Studies, Design Thinking
Activities
Virtual Field Trip, Field Trip, School Based Program, School Partnership
Grades
9, 10, 11, 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 1, 2, K
Cost
Free For City Schools
Accommodations
Esl

Learning Experiences

Virtual Field Trip

Virtual Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration

Students will examine selections of the incredible medieval and Renaissance manuscript collection of the Morgan, relate the works to world history, and deepen their understanding of cultural interactions between diverse peoples across time and place.

Subjects Covered

medieval history, arts, art

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Virtual Reading a Building: J. Pierpont Morgan and His Library

Students will practice visual literacy by learning to “read” architecture as a primary source. Participants will develop a character portrait of J. Pierpont Morgan by looking at his magnificent Gilded Age library.

Subjects Covered

20th century, modern history, art, visual arts, literature

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Virtual Before the Book: Myths from Mesopotamia and Greece

Students will discover how artists represent and interpret myths through imagery. Participants will explore the visual storytelling of Mesopotamian cylinder seals, the oldest works in the Morgan’s collection, and compare them to the Greek myths painted on the ceiling of J. Pierpont Morgan’s historic library.

Subjects Covered

history, ancient history, myths & legends, writing

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Virtual Building the Bookman's Paradise

une 10 through September 18, 2022

In 1902, the American financier and collector J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) commissioned architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the firm McKim, Mead & White to design a freestanding library next to his home on East 36th Street in New York. With rarely seen architectural drawings, period photographs, and significant rare books and manuscripts from Morgan’s collection, this exhibition traces the design, construction, and early life of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library. It honors the designers, tradesmen, artists, and builders who created the Library more than a century ago and celebrates the completion of the exterior restoration and enhancement of this landmark building, which now anchors the campus of the Morgan Library & Museum.

In 1908, an unnamed correspondent from the London Times visited the completed Library and published the first public account of its lavish interiors and the splendid rare volumes held within. “The Bookman’s Paradise exists,” the writer announced, “and I have seen it. . . . I have entered the most carefully, jealously guarded treasure-house in the world, and nothing in it has been hidden from me.” Today, the “bookman’s paradise” belongs to all of us.

Subjects Covered

history, engineering, art, literature

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Virtual James Joyce's Ulysses

June 3 through October 2, 2022
Sepia toned photograph of James Joyce seated looking at camera wearing glasses.
Set on one day, 16 June 1904, James Joyce’s Ulysses follows the young poet Stephen Dedalus and the unlikely hero Leopold Bloom as they journey through Dublin. The groundbreaking novel links the epic to the ordinary, connecting characters and motifs from Homer’s ancient Greek poem the Odyssey with life in the Irish city that created Joyce. Written in self-imposed exile between 1914 and 1921, Ulysses expanded the limits of language and genre—and not without controversy. Censored and banned in America and England for obscenity, its publication in Paris a century ago was the catalyst for new legal standards of artistic freedom.

One Hundred Years of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” explores Joyce’s trajectory from lyric poet to modernist genius. It considers key figures in his career; artists and writers who responded to the novel; and the family who shaped him as a man and writer. At the exhibition’s heart is Joyce’s imagination as he created his masterpiece, explored in manuscripts, plans, and proofs, with major contributions from the James Joyce Collection, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

This presentation celebrates a significant gift to the Morgan by Sean and Mary Kelly, who over several decades accumulated one of the foremost Joyce collections in private hands.

Subjects Covered

art, literature

Grades
9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 5 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Virtual It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200

Students will expand their understanding of Mary Shelley's classic novel by examining Frankenstein’s historical, scientific, literary, feminist, and performative aspects. The Morgan’s first teacher online curriculum provides resources in essays, discussion prompts, and activity suggestions. In addition, there are supplementary reference materials such as high-quality images, a family tree, a bibliography, a vocabulary list, and timelines.

Subjects Covered

literature

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
30 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
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Field Trip