Ancients To Astronauts: How We Communicate
Explore the theme of communication through four exhibitions featuring hands-on, interactive displays and activities on different subjects:
- Experience weather and learn how weather reports are broadcast,
- travel to Ancient Egypt in a time machine,
- blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule in our Space Exhibition,
discover new crafting experiences in our popular Green Arts Studio.
Educators and group visitors can custom-design their tours and explore a variety of diverse subjects of their choosing.
Green Arts Studio - Ongoing in the Becker Children's Wing
- Visit our “Green Arts Studio” and create a work of art with recycled materials.
Green Arts Studio Arts Education Programs are supported by the The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.
Becker Children's Wing Planetarium Shows - Call ahead for schedule: Contact Catherine Esposito, Education Administrator, at 732-747-2266 ext. 3. Planetarium show tickets: $8.00 per person (includes General Admission).
New! Becker Children's Wing After School Activities
Tuesday - Friday, 3:30 to 4:30 pm, Free with paid admission.
Tuesdays: Traveling Trunk Program
Explore a variety of topics in science, history and art with a Museum docent.
Listen to stories, see artifacts, play a game and enjoy hands-on learning!
Wednesdays: Make A Craft with Recycled Materials
Join us in the Green Arts Studio to make a fun craft with a variety of recycled materials.
Thursdays: Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Explore our current exhibition "Changing Climate: Changing Weather" through a fun scavenger hunt.
Fridays: See a Movie in the Atmosphere Ampitheater
Relax in our Atmosphere Ampitheater and enjoy one of our climate and weather related films, including animated and documentary features.
School Group Tours School group tours will be scheduled on weekday mornings. Reservations are REQUIRED for all groups. Group rates are available. Download a promotional flyer here. A full teacher's activity guide is available here. Special Offer - Tour this exhibition with your group between October 2010 and February 2011 and save $1.00 per person. For reservations and additional information, please contact Marion Kanaga, Monmouth Museum Education Coordinator, at 732-747-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Becker Children's Wing opened in 1988 with a generous gift donated by the Becker family as a memorial to Sherburn M. Becker III, a Museum Trustee. This 6,500 square foot wing is designed as a comfortable, hands-on learning environment for elementary school children ages 7 to 12 years. Exhibitions are based on school curriculum subjects using science and cultural history in stimulating and thought-provoking ways. Past exhibition topics have included Western Migration, Cultures, Native Americans, Egypt, Dinosaurs, the Human Body, Energy, and Space Exploration.
In the Becker Children’s Wing, learning is an active process and exhibitions are designed to offer children an interactive engagement with a subject. Visitors can begin their tour with an orientation in our ampitheater, explore the exhibition, experiment with many hands-on activities and visit the children’s gift shop. Because of the research and development costs involved, exhibitions in the Becker Children's Wing are generally of a two-year duration. School groups are escorted by professional guides, most of whom are retired teachers. More than 37,000 children participate each year.
Group tours must be arranged in advance by calling Marion Kanaga, Education Coordinator, at 732-747-2266. Group rates are available.
Most Travel Trunk titles are from exhibits that have occurred in the Becker Children's Wing and are tied to school curriculum. A mini-museum in a trunk for use in your classroom or all purpose room for two week rentals. More about the Travel Trunk Program