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

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration (Part 1)

Students will step into Europe's past by reenacting skills and techniques that artists used to create the most exquisite medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the Morgan's collections. They will delve into the art of Western illumination as a means of exploring early Eurasian and African trade routes. This is a two-part field trip; in their first visit students will explore the galleries and learn the basics behind the creation of illuminated manuscripts. In their second visit, students will gain hands-on experience grinding pigments, mixing paints, and creating their own ornate initial using authentic materials and real gold leaf.

Subjects Covered

medieval history, art

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

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Colors of the World: Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration (Part 2)

This is the exciting Part 2 of our Colors of the World series! Students will return to the Morgan to utilize their new illuminated manuscript knowledge in a hands-on art project. Students will use authentic materials such as malachite and cochineal to create their own watercolor paints. Using their watercolors and 22k gold leaf, they will then decorate their own ornate initial.

*This experience can take place in our classroom at the museum or in yours! If you prefer our educators to visit you at your school, please email schools@themorgan.org to coordinate the visit.

Subjects Covered

art, medieval history

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

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Reading a Building: Mr. 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

history, modern history, art, literature

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

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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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

ancient history, myths & legends, writing

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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The Little Prince: Taking Flight

October 14, 2022 through January 15, 2023

The Little Prince: Taking Flight explores the visionary artistry and timeless wisdom of a story that inspires its readers to encounter new realms of experience with a leap of the imagination. Students will view Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original manuscript of The Little Prince and consider relationships between text and image through further exploration of his watercolors, drawings, and other treasured items. For those who have known the Little Prince for some time, or for those just making his acquaintance, he is sure to captivate all and provide an opportunity to examine the creative process of writing and illustrating a book.

Please note that this exhibition is housed in a small gallery. Only 1 group of up to 15 students may visit at a time. Programs will be paired with a visit to J. Pierpont Morgan's historic library.

Subjects Covered

art, visual arts, literature, fiction

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

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 B.C.

October 14, 2022 through February 19, 2023.

Enheduanna is the first writer identified by name in human history. She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C is the first exhibition to focus on the lives of women in the 3rd millennium B.C. Students will explore primary sources and artifacts representing women working in the economic, religious, and political spheres of city states and the world’s earliest empire. Enheduanna’s autobiographical writing reaches across millennia with a relatable voice speaking to issues of faith, power, and personal identity. In addition to the special exhibit, students will also visit the permanent Mesopotamian collection in the historic McKim Library.

Subjects Covered

ancient history, women's history, literature, writing

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
15 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away

September 30, 2022 through January 22, 2023

From the 1960s onwards, artist Ashley Bryan has created and illustrated children’s books that celebrate Black life and Black creativity. This exhibition focuses on his 2015 book Sail Away, in which Bryan pairs poems by Langston Hughes on the subject of water—oceans, seas, rivers, and rainstorms—with his own vibrant cut-paper collages. Students will view Bryan’s original collages and paintings, as well as work in unusual formats such as puppets made from sea glass, shells, and other found materials, as they explore the conversation between these two great Black artists.

Subjects Covered

african american history, cultural connections, art, visual arts, literature, fiction

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

field trip

Duration
90 min.
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Virtual Field Trip

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

Experience our iconic illuminated manuscript field trip live on Zoom!

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, social studies, arts, art

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

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

Experience our iconic architecture and history program live on Zoom!

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
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Virtual Before the Book: Myths from Mesopotamia and Greece

Experience our iconic mythology and storytelling field trip live on Zoom!

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
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

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

Experience our blockbuster exhibition - resurrected and alive on Zoom!

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, women's history, fiction

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Virtual She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400–2000 B.C.

Experience the exhibit live on Zoom! October 14, 2022 through February 19, 2023.

Enheduanna is the first writer identified by name in human history. She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C is the first exhibition to focus on the lives of women in the 3rd millennium B.C. Students will explore primary sources and artifacts representing women working in the economic, religious, and political spheres of city states and the world’s earliest empire. Enheduanna’s autobiographical writing reaches across millennia with a relatable voice speaking to issues of faith, power, and personal identity.

Subjects Covered

ancient history, women's history, writing, literature

Grades
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Virtual The Little Prince: Taking Flight

Experience the exhibit live on Zoom!
October 14, 2022 through January 15, 2023

The Little Prince: Taking Flight explores the visionary artistry and timeless wisdom of a story that inspires its readers to encounter new realms of experience with a leap of the imagination.Students will view Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s original manuscript of The Little Prince and consider relationships between text and image through further exploration of his watercolors, drawings, and other treasured items. For those who have known the Little Prince for some time, or for those just making his acquaintance, he is sure to captivate all and provide an opportunity to examine the creative process of writing and illustrating a book.

Subjects Covered

art, visual arts, literature, fiction

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist

Virtual Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes: Sail Away

Experience the exhibit live on Zoom! September 30, 2022 through January 22, 2023

From the 1960s onwards, artist Ashley Bryan has created and illustrated children’s books that celebrate Black life and Black creativity. This exhibition focuses on his 2015 book Sail Away, in which Bryan pairs poems by Langston Hughes on the subject of water—oceans, seas, rivers, and rainstorms—with his own vibrant cut-paper collages. Students will view Bryan’s original collages and paintings, as well as work in unusual formats such as puppets made from sea glass, shells, and other found materials, as they explore the conversation between these two great Black artists.

Subjects Covered

african american history, cultural connections, art, visual arts, literature, fiction

Grades
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, k
Capacity
35 stu., 1 chap. per 15 stu.
Activity

virtual field trip

Duration
45 min.
Book Now Join Waitlist