NMOA virtual field trips connect to classroom curricula and New Jersey State standards.

Each virtual experience is fun, social, and educational, and offers observations, games, writing, drawing, and movement via live sessions with Museum educators.

What to Expect

All of our virtual programs help students internalize classroom topics, retain content, build visual literacy, and connect personally with authentic objects.

  • Programs are offered Wednesday through Friday at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm
  • Price: $100 per session + $30 booking fee (free for Newark Schools).
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Capacity: 25 students max.

A 90-minute virtual tour with artmaking is also available. Contact us for more information.

Workshops will require few materials (a list will be provided upon booking for schools to prepare themselves). We will not provide materials or ship them.

For more information or to reserve a virtual field trip, email schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseumart.org or call 973-596-6690 or 973-715-4025.

Create a Custom Virtual Field Trip

Select your own theme or topic based on your curricular needs. The Museum will help build a virtual field trip that supports your teaching.  For more information, contact schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseumart.org.

Select and Existing Virtual Field Trip

Several options are available for various grade levels. Click the links below to find out more:

  • Early Childhood Programs (Grades 1–2)
  • Elementary School Programs (Grades 3–5)
  • Middle School Programs (Grades 6–8)
  • High School Programs (Grades 9–12)

For more information or to reserve a field trip, email schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseumart.org or call 973-596-6690 or 973-715-4025.

Early Childhood Virtual Field Trips (Grades 1‑ 2) 

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Students will discover color, shapes, lines, and textures through observation, conversation, and hands-on activities. Artsmart connects works in the museum to the lives of students at home and in school by comparing the art to the world around them.

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Learn what a community is through the art of The Newark Museum of Art. Students will learn about people who make our community, buildings, and transportation, and compare their surroundings with the subjects in the artwork.

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Students will learn what a fossil is and what they tell us about dinosaurs through real-life fossils from the Museum’s collection.  A hands-on component of creating a fossil egg with things from the kitchen concludes the experience.

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Students explore our Moon through storytelling and observations, and discover what makes our Moon special.  A hands-on component using deep looking to search for patterns and shapes on the Moon’s surface concludes the experience.

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Students become super animal sleuths by investigating different types of animals to discover what makes them special.  Students explore the habitats in which these animals live and discover why adaptations are important.

Elementary School Virtual Field Trips (Grades 3‑5)

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Learn about colonial America through the eyes of artists who lived during that time and observe The Newark Museum of Art’s one room schoolhouse. Build students’ visual literacy while connecting to classroom content.

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Examine traditional and contemporary objects created by Native Americans. Students will learn how traditions inform the work of today’s Native American artists through games and fun observational activities.

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Through virtual interactions, students will discover what a fossil is and what it can tell us about dinosaurs through real-life examples from the Museum’s collection. The experience ends with a hands-on component where students create a fossil imprint using things from the kitchen.

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In this visual tour, students learn how and why these works are created and, through artists who incorporate sacred geometry, understand the concepts of mindfulness and “being present.”  At the end, they will have time to create their designs.

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Explore the tenets of photography and the science behind it, seeing firsthand the intersection between art and science. Students put their skills to the test with a hands-on photography challenge that reinforces the principles of design.

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Learn how to navigate the sky through stars and constellations. Students will be asked trivia questions, take polls, and have many opportunities to ask questions of the NMOA astronomer.

Middle School Virtual Field Trips (Grades 6‑8) 

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Learn how ancient Egyptians lived by looking at and discussing several authentic objects from the NMOA collection.

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Observe several works of art from the NMOA collection, including paintings, sculptures, and mixed media pieces. Through conversation, games, and literacy activities, they will learn how art shapes our lives.

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Learn what fossils are and how they are formed. Students will be engaged through virtual interactions with trivia questions, polls, and specimens.

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In this visual tour, students learn how and why these works are created and, through artists who use sacred geometry, understand the concepts of mindfulness and being present. Students will have time to create their own designs.

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How do artists use marks and language to convey an idea, a feeling, or emotion? Students will discover and create to understand the art of mark making through a tour of artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds who use marks, language, and gestures in their work.

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Explore the tenets of photography and the science behind it, seeing firsthand the intersection between art and science. Students put their skills to the test with a hands-on photography challenge that reinforces the principles of design.

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Learn how to navigate the sky through stars and constellations. Students will be asked trivia questions, take polls, and have many opportunities to ask questions of the NMOA astronomer.

High School Virtual Field Trips (Grades 9‑12)

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Discuss topics such as identity, diversity, community, and globalization while observing African American art and African art.

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Discuss and observe art created by people who immigrated to America from the 1900s to today. Topics include identity and adversity.

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Students use critical thinking skills to escape the Ballantine House. While students virtually move through the rooms of the house, clues will be revealed through various historical objects on view.

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In this visual tour, students learn how and why these works are created and, through artists who use sacred geometry, understand the concepts of mindfulness and being present. Students will have time to create their own designs.

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How do artists use marks and language to convey an idea, a feeling, or emotion? Students will discover and create in order to understand the art of mark making through a tour of artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds who use marks, language, and gestures in their work.

 

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Explore the tenets of photography and the science behind it, seeing firsthand the intersection between art and science. Students put their skills to the test with a hands-on photography challenge that reinforces the principles of design.

FAQs

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Advance registration is required for all school groups. Due to space limitations, at least one month’s advance registration is required.

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The Newark Museum of Art will be using Zoom and will email the Zoom link to the teacher who registers for the virtual field trip. We will always have a behind-the-scenes Museum staff providing security for our virtual field trips.

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We encourage teachers to cover the content of the program with students before their virtual experience. Having background knowledge to build on creates an optimal learning environment. However, having no prior knowledge of the content being covered in the Museum experience is okay too.

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Our staff is made up of professional educators and teaching artists. Some have worked at The Newark Museum of Art for many years.

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The Newark Museum requires all group cancellations to be completed in writing via email. Should your group need to cancel or reschedule a trip, you must send an email to schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseum.org at least 30 days BEFORE the scheduled date to avoid a cancellation fee. Upon receipt, an email will be sent to you confirming cancellation.

Any group that does not send a cancellation email within 30 days of the scheduled trip date will incur a cancellation fee as detailed below:

  • Groups canceling or rescheduling within 30 days of a scheduled visit will be charged 50% of the total fee.
  • Those canceling or rescheduling within 15 days of a scheduled visit will be charged the FULL amount.

Cancellation Policy for Newark Schools

While virtual field trips are free for Newark Schools, the above policy and fees will be applied to all group cancellations. An invoice will be processed using the regular fees for Museum visits, and the cancellation fee will be applied accordingly. The booking fee is not refundable.