School and Camp Programs

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The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to welcome student and camp groups! Please visit us on Explorable Places to view our current offerings and schedule your field trip.

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College groups, please e-mail to reserve your visit.

We’re happy to offer the following core programs as well as field trips to our rotating exhibitions.

New for Campers!

Off the Page: Animals Abound at the Morgan
July 18, 2024 through August 23, 2024

Discover the Morgan’s wild side! Campers will explore our historic library, scenic garden, and temporary exhibitions while spotting mysterious and exciting depictions of animals within our collection. Through hands-on activities and facilitated discussion with our museum educators, campers will experience the Morgan Library through a new lens as museum adventurers. Garden access is subject to weather.

Ongoing School Programs

  • Colors of the World
    Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration, Part I

    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.
  • Colors of the World
    Illuminated Manuscripts in the Age of Exploration, Part II

    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 to coordinate the visit.
  • Reading a Building: J. Pierpont Morgan and His Library
    Students will build visual literacy by learning to “read” architecture as a primary source and consider how interior and exterior design relate to each other. By analyzing the architecture and objects within J. Pierpont Morgan’s Historic Library, students will also learn about the Gilded Age and develop a character portrait of one of the world’s most notable figures. Possible thematic connections include librarianship, the art of collecting, industrialization, monopolization, and finance.
  • Myths and Symbols: From Mesopotamia to Modern
    Myths and symbols have recognizable yet dynamic meanings. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine how visual arts use symbolism to construct personal and cultural narratives. Together we will discover Mesopotamian myths on the Morgan’s collection of cylinder seals, and explore storytelling imagery in the historic library’s sculptures, paintings, and decorative arts. By discussing how individuals and cultures use myths and symbols to protect, adorn, and define themselves, students will develop perspective on their own use of myths and symbols today.

For more information abouton these programs and information about accessibility and accommodations, e-mail