The Dorothy V. Morehouse WonderWing
The WonderWing, has exciting additions, and features a permanent exhibition with hands-on, interactive activities on the sea and the creatures that make it their home.
WonderWing hours (children under 6 years)
Monday the Museum is closed to the public.
Tuesday Call for hours**
Wednesday Call for hours**
Thursday Call for hours**
Friday 10 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 12 noon - 5:00 PM
**sometimes the facility is booked for birthday parties or school group tours. Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours of availability.
In the WonderWing, new interactive features include magnetic sea creatures and puzzle pieces children can postion on a beautiful under-the-sea wall mural, and a "beach" with foam blocks to build sand castles. Discover flora and fauna of the rainforest in a new mural around the treehouse, explore our pirate's bookshelf and relax on a new porpoise seating area.
Children 6 years old and under will have a magical undersea learning experience in our popular WonderWing. The WonderWing is an educational space offering a permanent exhibition on the sea and the creatures that make it their home. Children can explore a pirate ship, perform in a Tiki theater, climb a tree house and slide through a whale. Explore a lighthouse and look through a periscope to find colorful sea creatures. Play hide-and-seek in a kelp forest, go fishing, and listen to a waterfall. The WonderWing is designed for early childhood education with elements that stimulate curiosity, enhance understanding, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover.
SCHOOL GROUP TOURS
Pre-school and kindergarten group tours are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Reservations are REQUIRED for all groups. Group rates are available. A teacher’s activity guide is available here. For more information call the Museum at 732-747-2266.
Themed birthday parties are available and include a docent-led tour and activities. More on Wonderwing Birthday Parties.
Birthday parties are booked in advance so be sure to call first to make sure the WonderWing is open. Besides walk-in visitors, the WonderWing attracts groups from mothers' centers, daycare facilities, and nursery schools.
FUN FRIDAYS PROGRAMS
• WonderWing Craft & Storytime 11:00 AM (ages 3-6 years) - Enjoy a seasonal - themed story and craft on Fridays in the WonderWing Craft Room.
• Twinkle Tots Planetarium Program 2:00 PM (ages 4-6 years) - Learn about the night sky with a planetarium show and songs on Fridays in the Becker Children's Wing.
Please note that mornings are often reserved for school and camp group tours. Please call 732-747-2266 to confirm hours of operation available to the public.
More about the WonderWing visits
VISIT STELLA THE STEGOSAURUS!
The Monmouth Museum recently installed a large Stegosaurus dinosaur sculpture on permanent display in the Museum’s patio garden. Artist Jim Gary (March 17, 1939 – January 14, 2006) was a self-taught metal sculptor best known for his large whimsical creations of dinosaurs assembled from discarded automobile parts. Welded by hand and painted in vivid colors, Gary's sculptures are almost life-size, and each is comprised of hundreds of car parts – he used as many as eight to ten automobiles to build a single dinosaur.
A local artist, raised in Colts Neck, and a resident of Farmingdale, Gary established a gallery, Iron Butterfly, in Red Bank, featuring other artists he selected as well as his own work. Gary's art has been exhibited at museums throughout the country, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Boston Children's Museum and the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. A traveling exhibition of his work, Jim Gary's Twentieth Century Dinosaurs has toured worldwide since the late 1970's. Pictured on the Museum's outdoor patio with our Stegosaurus sculpture is Tess Martin and her grandmother, Joann Kreger. Tess submitted the winning name of "Stella" in our dinosaur naming contest.