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Groups, Tours and Parties

Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday at the Joseph Moore Museum with a planetarium show, live animal experience or puzzle-solving "breakout". Your party will include 

* invitations

* an activity: planetarium show, live animal experience or, for an additional $2/child fee, a puzzle-solving "breakout" (see descriptions below)

* option to reserve a space for cake or other food (food and paper products not provided)

Pricing: $8 per child, maximum group size of 15; $10 per child, maximum group size of 12 

Birthday Party Breakouts ($10 per child)

Kindergarten, First & Second Grades - Bring the beautiful picture book The Raft to life through solving challenges and exploring our behind the scenes museum collections!

Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade - Join Bob the Owl to learn lots of facts about owls while working together as a team to solve his riddles and puzzles!

To reserve a birthday party, email with the group size, children's ages, activity chosen and possible dates/times

School and Other Educational Group Tours


The Joseph Moore Museum offers enaging, interactive tours that meet state science standards free of charge for visiting groups of all kinds. Tours are perfect for class field trips, scout groups, tour groups, and anyone who wants a more in-depth look at our exhibits. Tours must be arranged in advance using our Tour Reservation Form, check our calendar for availability.

Please contact us at 765-983-1303 or with any questions regarding tours or school visits.

Educational outreach is supported by the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and the Borman Family Foundation.

The museum offers the following tours:

Monarch -sw _06024Going Buggy (Insects):
What defines a bug as an insect?  Find out how to count and identify body parts, examine insects under microscopes and compare them to spiders and other creatures, while learning about ant societies, bee behavior and how scientists learn about bugs. 
Best for Grades 2 & 3
Science Standards: 2.3.1 2.3.2 & 3.3.10

Mummy -sw _06016-1Ancient Egypt and The Mystery of the Mummy:

Travel back in time to the sands of ancient of Egypt and the characters who shaped its history. Investigate the mysterious mummy, Ta’an.  Who was she?  How were mummies made?  How can modern science help us solve her mysteries?  You will learn how paper was invented in Egypt with the papyrus plant, try your luck at a game Ta’an may have played, and experience a planetarium show based on Egyptian mythology.

Best for Grade 6 (Ohio State Social Studies Standards) Ancient Civilizations
Indiana World History Standards: 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.1.3 
Indiana Geography Standards: GHW: 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.4.1, 6.4.3, 6.4.5, 6.5.1  

Rocks -sw _06019-1These Rock! (Geology):
Discover the thrill of being a rock hound. Learn about different types of rocks, how they formed and perform a variety of tests on individual mineral samples to identify them.  Be inspired by the beauty of rocks and amazed by rocks that actually glow!
Best for Grade 3
Science Standards: 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.2.6

Joseph -sw _06017-1Timeless Neighbors (Timeline):
Travel through time down a 100-foot timeline back 10,000 years to discover who was here and what was happening in Wayne County.  You’ll meet giant ice-age mammals, the ancient Adena people, Joseph Moore, Ralph Teetor, present day local wildlife and a “Skies over Richmond” Planetarium Show.
Best for Grade 3
Indiana Science Standards: 3.4.1, 3.4.5, 3.6.3
Indiana Social Studies Standards: 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.1.7

Spear _point -sw _06014-1Ancient Adena:
Become an archeologist and learn about the ancient Adena who lived here more than 2,000 years ago.  What did they look like?  What did they do?  What steps do archeologists take to figure out the answers to these questions?  How do anthropologists understand their culture? Imagine how the Adena fed their families by learning to throw a spear and grind corn just like they did.
Best for Grade 4
Indiana Social Studies Standards: 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.5
Indiana Geography/Human Systems Standards: 4.3.10, 4.3.12, 4.4.1

Mastodon -sw _06020-1_0Big Friendly? Giants (Pre-Historic Animals):

Big Friendly? Giants (Pre-Historic Animals):
Meet some really big characters in our paleontology collection.  Our ever-popular allosaurus is always a hit with the dinosaur lovers, but our huge ice-age mammal skeletons are equally awe-inspiring.  Think like a paleontologist to envision how and what these animals ate, how they hunted, what they looked like, and speculate why they died.
Best for Grades 1 & 5
Indiana Science Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5; 5.3.1, 5.4.1

Bird ImageWinged Wonders (Birds):
Take a close look at the birds that live around us.  Investigate how various adaptations determine what, where and how different birds eat.  Examine a variety of feathers and record observations such as color, size, texture, pattern, and understand how changing environments affect birds.
Grade 1 Program and Higher-level 6th Grade Program (Anatomy & Flight)
Indiana Science Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.5, 1.3.4, 1.3.5 & 6.3.3, 6.3.5, 6.3.6

Tel -sw _06023-1Sunny Days & Starry Nights (Planetarium):

Discover the amazing things in the sky above us. Observe the phases of the moon, find constellations, visit the planets and their moons, and even learn about the technology that helps us study space and how some of that technology makes life better in our very own homes. Our digital projector allows us to get up close and personal with the planets and their moons.  Older students can view a full-dome movie about the history of astronomy.

Best for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 6 (all ages)
Science Standards:
    1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.2.6, 1.6.1
    3.1.7, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.6.3
    5.1.4, 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3
    6.1.6, 6.1.7, 6.2.2, 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3

Snake -sw _06015-1Slip, Slither, Slurp (Reptiles):
Come have a close encounter of the scaly kind!  Meet our live reptiles and learn what turtles, lizards and snakes have in common and what makes them unique.
Best for Grades 1 & 2
Indiana Science Standards: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.2.6, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.5.3; 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.2.5, 2.4.1, 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4, 2.4.5

Bat _picture _copyOur Friends the Bats:

There are lots of myths about our little flying furry neighbors. Discover the truth about these fascinating creatures, how they fly and hunt, why they are different from birds and other mammals, and what kinds of obstacles they are facing, for survival. Echolocation is illustrated through game-playing.
Best for Grades 1, 2, & 3
Indiana Life Science and STEM Standards: 1.3.1; 1.3.4; 1.4.3;  2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.4.1, 2.4.4, 2.5.6, 2.6.2; 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.1.4, 3.1.5, 3.2.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.6.3

Ordovician _Fossil _tour _pic _copyRichmond's Famous Fossils:

Unearth the types of organisms that lived in Richmond millions of years ago during the Ordovician Period. Learn about how they differed from each other and the things that live in Richmond now, and discover what historical changes made these fossils possible. Best for Grades 1, 2, 3, & 5
Science Standards
1.1.1, 1.2.1, 1.2.6, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 1.6.1
2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.1.5, 2.4.1, 2.4.4, 2.5.6, 2.6.2
3.1.2, 3.2.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.4.3, 3.6.3
5.1.3, 5.4.4, 5.4.5, 5.4.8

? Scavenger Hunts:

Scavenger hunts in the museum can be customized to the interests, abilities and time constraints of your group. Directed exploration encourages students to interact with collections throughout the museum or through a single topical area. Contact us to discuss what might work best for your class.

Best for grades 4, 5 & 6 

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