Field trips are available and inclusive of all students, educators, and parents.

Designed to include our permanent collection, Planetarium, and special exhibitions, our programs provide curriculum connection in all subject areas.

What to Expect

Field trips help students understand classroom topics, retain content, build visual literacy, and connect personally with authentic objects.

  • Programs are offered Wednesday – Friday at 9:30am, 11:15am, and 12:30pm
  • Duration: 45-75 minutes.
  • Capacity: 25 students max.
  • Advance registration is required at least one month in advance.

A 90-minute tour that includes artmaking is also available.

Fees

(Per person, including students, teachers, all and chaperones)

 

All schools

January–June

1 program: $10

2 programs: $12

 

NOTE: Newark Public Schools are FREE (excluding Planetarium programs) 

 

Payment is due upon arrival at the South Wing Entrance. We accept cash,; a school check payable to Newark Museum Association (no personal checks will be accepted),; credit cards, school purchase orders, or money orders.

 

NOTE: A $30 booking and processing fee will be added to each reservation (except for Newark Public Schools).

Create a Custom 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 an Existing Field Trip

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

  • Early Childhood Field Trips (Grades Pre-K–2)
  • Elementary School Field Trips (Grades 3–5)
  • Middle and High School Field Trips (Grades 6–12)

Fill out the registration form to book a field trip.

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

Early Childhood Programs (Grades Pre‑K‑2)

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  • African Adventure
    Explore art and objects in the African collection as students learn about community, culture, and traditions through hands-on activities and storytelling.
  • ArtSmart
    This program helps children discover line, shape, color, and texture in paintings and sculptures from around the world. Students become artists as they participate in a group sculpture activity, storytelling and creating artwork from scratch to take home.
  • Discovering the Five Senses
    Discover the five senses through an exploration of the Asian art galleries. Students will also participate in hands-on gallery activities and group discussions to connect what they experience at the Museum to their own lives.
  • My Community: Discovering What Makes a Community
    What are the elements that make communities special and how do they differ around the world? Students will draw, write, and read about communities found in their own backyard and in the Museum’s collections from around the world.
  • Native American Adventure
    Visit our Native Artists of North America galleries and learn how Native Americans used natural resources for food, clothing, and shelter. Children can touch artifacts, including a buffalo horn and a cradle, listen to a Native American story, and decorate a traditional carry-bag called a parfleche with pictographs.
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  • Animals and Habitats
    Students will learn about a variety of animals and how they survive in different environments through looking activities, hands-on learning, and kinetic experiences.
  • Stop-Motion Animation
    Students will tour the galleries, view artful approaches to the personification of objects, study emotive uses of color, and experience storytelling with symbolism to find subjects and scenes to develop into personal stories. Then, using tablets, students will capture, edit, and share their own Museum-inspired motion pictures.
  • Movement and Motion
    Students will explore kinetic artworks and learn how artists use movement and motion in their work. Students will identify various forms of movement, including push/pull and speed/direction, through observation and discussion, kinesthetic learning, and hands-on activities.
  • Safari Trip
    Embark on a group safari as you tour a variety of the Museum’s art galleries to hunt for different species of animals. Touch real animal artifacts, listen to an animal tale, and create an animal from modeling clay to take home.
  • Physics Fun!
    From gravity and pressure to inertia and kinetic energy, physics is a part of everyday life.  Explore the forces that rule our day-to-day existence through hands-on activities that will challenge students to recreate Galileo’s experiments, create human gyroscopes, and even defy gravity!
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  • One World, One Sky
    Sesame Street’s Big Bird, Elmo, and Hu Hu Zhu learn about the Sun, the Moon, and the stars and constellations of the nighttime sky.
  • The Zula Patrol—Under the Weather
    The heroes of the Zula Patrol are on a mission to collect samples of weather for scientist Multo’s research. Along the way, the team learns all about weather on Zula and on other planets.
  • The Zula Patrol 2—Down to Earth
    The Zula Patrol finds that someone has been traveling back to Earth’s prehistoric past to dump toxic trash! On their mission, the Zula Patrollers learn all about the formation and development of Earth but must find and catch the culprit before it’s too late!

Elementary School Programs (Grades 3‑5) 

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  • Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean
    Students become archaeologists as they observe artifacts in the Ancient Mediterranean galleries to discover what life was like in ancient Egypt or ancient Greece and Rome. Students also create a clay scarab (Egypt) or sculpture (Greece and Rome) in our art studio.
  • Building Bridges: Exploring Communities Around the World
    Take a trip through the Museum’s vast collection of art from around the world and explore diverse cultures and their similarities while learning respect for the identity of others on an individual, community, national, or global level.
  • Early America
    Students will be transported to the 18th and 19th centuries upon entering the Museum’s authentic one-room schoolhouse (ca. 1784) and by studying artworks in the American Art galleries. Students will also write with quill pens during an 18th-century penmanship lesson.
  • Express Yourself: Exploring the World through Art
    These hands-on, minds-on gallery workshops are designed to heighten observation and critical-thinking skills by focusing on aesthetics and critique. Presentations include cross-curricular activities that combine language arts literacy, social studies, and visual arts to develop skills in line with the NJ ASK and GEPA tests.
  • Native Artists of North America
    Compare and contrast traditional and modern ways of life through the tools, baskets, pottery, and clothing produced by Native Americans. Using inquiry-based learning, students will learn how contemporary Native artists use traditional techniques and designs in their work. Students will also create clay bowls in the style used by the Hopi people of the Southwest.
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Water, Water Everywhere!  Using scientific investigation and experiments, students discover the properties of water and nature’s water cycle. They’ll then examine and sketch water through artists’ eyes in the Museum’s American Art galleries.

The Science of Photography  Students tour the galleries to see a spectrum of  photographic processes and subjects. The group will then create their own photographs using the scientific and artful approaches explored by artists in the Museum’s collections.

Stop-Motion Animation  Students will tour the galleries, view artful approaches to the personification of objects, study emotive uses of color, and experience storytelling with symbolism to find subjects and scenes to develop into personal stories. Then, using tablets, students will capture, edit, and share their Museum-inspired motion pictures.

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  • Physics Fun!
    From gravity and pressure to inertia and kinetic energy, physics is a part of everyday life.  Explore the forces that rule our day-to-day existence through hands-on activities that will challenge students to recreate Galileo’s experiments, create human gyroscopes, and even defy gravity!
  • Impacts!
    Students will study Newton’s laws of motion and the formation of craters by meteors, and become meteorite sleuths. They will examine different samples to determine which are meteorites and which are “meteorwrongs.” Students will also have the opportunity to examine rocks from Mars and the Moon.
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  • Perfect Little Planet
    Imagine the ultimate space vacation. Explore our solar system through the eyes of a family from another star system. Join them on their journey as they fly over the surface of Pluto, sail through the rings of Saturn and walk on the surface of Mars!
  •  Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
    A brother and sister make a rocket ship out of a cardboard box and set off on a whirlwind tour of the planets—from sizzling-hot Mercury to icy Pluto.
  • SkyQuest
    Come along with a young astronomer on her personal quest to find a special place in the night sky. She shares her telescope views of the Moon and planets and points out stars and constellations.
  • Legends of the Night Sky
    Take an imaginative look at the stories and legends of Greek mythology. Choose between the tales of the hero Perseus and Princess Andromeda or the great hunter Orion.

Middle and High School Programming (Grades 6‑12) 

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  • Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean
    Students become archaeologists as they observe artifacts in the newly designed Ancient Mediterranean galleries to discover what life was like in ancient Egypt or ancient Greece and Rome. Students also create a clay scarab (Egypt) or sculpture (Greece and Rome) in our art studio.
  • Express Yourself: Exploring the World through Art
    Hands-on, minds-on gallery workshops are designed to heighten observation and critical-thinking skills by focusing on aesthetics and critique. Presentations include cross-curricular activities that combine language arts literacy, social studies, and visual arts to develop skills in line with the NJ ASK and GEPA tests.
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  • Water, Water Everywhere!
    Using scientific investigation and experiments, students discover the properties of water and nature’s water cycle. They’ll then examine and sketch water through artists’ eyes in the Museum’s American Art galleries.
  • The Science of Photography
    Students tour the galleries to see a spectrum of photographic processes and subjects. The group will then create their own photographs using the scientific and artful approaches explored by artists in the Museum’s collections.
  • Stop-Motion Animation
    Students will tour the galleries, view artful approaches to the personification of objects, study emotive uses of color, and experience storytelling with symbolism to find subjects and scenes to develop into personal stories. Then, using tablets, students will capture, edit, and share their Museum-inspired motion pictures.
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Physics Fun!  From gravity and pressure to inertia and kinetic energy, physics is a part of everyday life.  Explore the forces that rule our day-to-day existence through hands-on activities that will challenge students to recreate Galileo’s experiments, create human gyroscopes, and even defy gravity!

Impacts! Students will study Newton’s laws of motion and the formation of craters by meteors, and become meteorite sleuths. They will examine different samples to determine which are meteorites and which are “meteorwrongs.” Students will also have the opportunity to examine rocks from Mars and the Moon.

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  • Tales of the Maya Skies
    This is an immersive experience in Maya science, art, and mythology that transports participants back into the world of the Maya. Learn about the Mayas’ accurate astronomical achievements and how astronomy connected them to the universe.
  • Extreme Planets
    Explore the extreme planets of our own solar system and beyond. Discover worlds with oceans of molten rock, where night never falls, and where aurorae perpetually dance across the starry sky.
  • Black Holes
    They lurk in the universe like cosmic dragons: unseen voids with the energy of a million suns. They can devour entire stars and nothing—not even light—can escape their grasp. Discover their true nature as you experience an intense voyage to a black hole!
  • Seven Wonders
    Earth was once home to seven amazing wonders built by extraordinary civilizations in our distant past. Inspired by these mysteries, voyage through time and space to discover the ancient wonders of our universe.
  • Stars of the Pharaohs
    Travel through ancient temples and tombs to discover the skies of Egypt long past and the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars. Enjoy some of the most spectacular sites of the ancient world.

FAQ

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

Fill out the registration form to book a field trip.

You may also email schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseumart.org to register.

Information required for booking:

  1. First, second, and third choices for date and time of visit
  2. School name, address, and phone number
  3. Teacher’s name, phone number, and best time to phone
  4. Program(s) you wish to schedule
  5. Number of students
  6. Grade(s)
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Prior to your trip, please review the following to ensure a successful visit for students, adults, chaperones, and aides:

  • Touching or climbing on the artwork/sculptures in the galleries is not allowed.
  • All bags and backpacks must be left in the Education Lobby.
  • Food, drinks, candy, and gum are not allowed in the galleries.
  • Respect other classes visiting the Museum by using a quiet inside voice.
  • Groups must remain together in the gallery space—adults and children alike.
  • Be prepared to have fun!
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Groups are not allowed to tour the exhibitions without a Museum staff member. All self-guided tours must be done after 12:30pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Please contact the School Programs department ahead of time (973-596-6690) if your group requires any special accommodations.

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There is a small gift shop located in the Museum’s Education Lobby featuring inexpensive souvenirs and gifts. Please estimate a 30-minute visit for 20 children. Prepackaged souvenir bags ($5) are also available and must be ordered 21 days in advance by calling 973-596-6678.

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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 verifying 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 bill.
  • Those canceling or rescheduling within 15 days of a scheduled visit will be charged the FULL amount invoiced.

Cancellation Policy for Newark Schools

While 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.

For further questions, please contact: schoolgroupreservations@newarkmuseumart.org.