Education and Programs

Note that the physical museum is currently closed to discourage the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We are working on developing new special programs for you online, including birthday parties and virtual tours. Check our YouTube channel for at-home activities you can do and visit our Facebook page for announcements about special programs.

The Joseph Moore Museum offers many programs for the general public and educators. For the schedule of upcoming events, escape rooms and programs, check our calendar. Educators can explore our online resources and field trip programs by viewing the Education & Group Programs section below.

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Featured programs at JMM

Learn more about some of the programs we offer—and how to plan your next birthday party at the museum!

 

Full Dome Movies use the unique curved screen of the planetarium to project immersive 20-40 minute movies every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. We present a new movie each month exploring various topics. Tickets are free. Contact us for more information.

(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

Celebrate your birthday at the Joseph Moore Museum with a planetarium show and a live animal experience. Your party will include:

  • A private planetarium show and a visit with our reptiles
  • Time to explore our galleries
  • A dedicated space for cake or other food (food and paper products not provided)
  • 2-3 party facilitators from our team of trained student guides
  • Pin-on birthday party buttons for all kids with a special one for the birthday child!

Pricing:

  • $150 for up to 12 kids; $10 per child for each additional child over 12. (Base price is for a 2-hour party that includes all of the above)
  • If there are over 25 people (including kids and chaperones, a charge of $25 will be applied.
  • The maximum number of people is 30.
  • Parties extended past 2 hours will be charged at the cost of $50 per half hour.
  • A $50 non-refundable deposit to hold date is due at the time of reservation.
  • Balance due may be paid on the day of the party and will be adjusted based on attendance and add ons. No refund will be given for no shows.
  • Provide notice of cancellation 48 hours in advance for a refund.

Additional Options:

  • A special full-dome movie in our planetarium ($25)
  • Custom gift bags with items from our gift shop (prices vary)
  • A Dinosaur Breakout designed for children ($2/child)
  • A craft with the theme of space, nature or dinosaurs ($10)

To reserve your date and plan the perfect party, call Sharon Oler at 765.983.1303.

Dennis Hall is on fire and your team must save the Giant Beaver skeleton before it’s too late. You will have 60 minutes to crack codes, find clues, solve puzzles and save the world’s most complete giant beaver skeleton before it becomes toast! This isn’t an average weekend activity, this is a 60-minute challenge for people who like to solve mysteries and puzzles.

Successful players earn a commemorative “I Saved the Giant Beaver” button, and your group’s photo will be posted on our Instagram page. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.

 Event Information

  • Giant Beaver Breakouts run at 8 p.m. every Friday night.
  • Tickets: $10 per person
  • A minimum of 4 people is necessary to complete a breakout. Breakouts are most fun with 8-10 people. We will combine groups as needed to make a complete team. This activity is suitable for ages 15 and over.
  • Contact us or reserve online for Giant Beaver Breakout. To ensure adequate staffing, reservations are required by 5 p.m. on the evening of choice. 
  • Please arrive ten minutes in advance. All breakouts begin in the lobby of the Joseph Moore Museum.

Upcoming Dates: For the health and safety of our community, breakouts are currently suspended. We hope to see you back at the museum soon.

Ta’an’s scarab is lost! Can you find it?

You will have 60 minutes to crack codes, find clues, solve puzzles and resue the scarab that has been stolen from Ta’an. This isn’t an average weekend activity, this is a challenge for people who like to solve mysteries and puzzles.

Successful players earn a commemorative “I Found the Scarab” button, and your group’s photo will be posted on JMM’s Instagram.

Event Information

  • Egypt Escape Room runs at 8 p.m. every Saturday night.
  • Tickets: $10 per person
  • A minimum of 4 people is necessary to complete a breakout. Breakouts are most fun with 8-10 people. We will combine groups as needed to make a complete team. This activity is suitable for ages 15 and over.
  • Contact us or reserve online for Egypt Escape Room. Reservations are required by 5 p.m. on the date of your choice.
  • Please arrive ten minutes in advance. All breakouts begin in the lobby of the Joseph Moore Museum.

Upcoming Dates: For the health and safety of our staff and guests, breakouts are currently suspended. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon.

Can you rescue the dinosaurs before the volcano erupts?

In this special challenge just for kids, you will have 30 minutes to crack codes, find clues, solve puzzles and save the Allosaurus! This isn’t an average weekend activity–this is a fast-paced challenge for people who like to solve mysteries and puzzles.

  • Each game can accommodate up to 10 people, so sign up early to reserve your spot.
  • Dino Breakouts run at 6:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night.
  • Tickets: $5 per person
  • You may pay in person at the event but spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A minimum of 4 people is necessary to complete a breakout. We reserve the right to combine small groups. This breakout is designed for ages 6-12 with adult assistance.
  • Contact us to reserve.
  • Reservation required by 5 p.m. on the day of breakout
  • Please arrive ten minutes early as the breakout will begin promptly at the start time.

Upcoming dates: For the health and safety of our staff and guests, breakouts are currently suspended. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum soon.

Education and group programs

Our tours are perfect for class field trips, scouts and other groups who want an in-depth, interactive experience. Trained, certified Earlham College students lead engaging, interactive tours that meet state education standards. Our programs are always free of charge for schools, homeschoolers, scouts and nonprofit organizations. We mix and match programs to create a customized experience that meets your classroom needs. Given our student tour guides’ academic commitments, we occasionally have to make last-minute adjustments, but we will always do our best to accommodate your tour needs. 

Learn more about our high school programs in biomedical sciences.

Additional info

For more information, please contact us.

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

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 (~50-80 minutes). 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

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. (~90 minutes) Best for Grade 3.

Science Standards:

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

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

Meet some really big characters in our paleontology collection. Our ever-popular allosaurus is always a hit with 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.

Science Standards:

Indiana Science Standards: 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 1.3.4, 1.3.5; 5.3.1, 5.4.1

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. (~45-90 minutes) 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

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. Debunk some common snake myths and touch the spiky skin of one of our bearded dragons! Our snake program takes visitors under the skin of the snake by learning about shedding and vertebrae! Best for Grades 1 & 2.

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

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 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.

Think you know the order of the planets in our solar system? Know how far apart from each other they are? Test your knowledge in this interactive and cooperative model solar system activity.

What is an insect? Is everything we think of as bugs an insect? Learn what makes an insect, quiz yourself with our interactive exhibit and meet one of the JMM’s Madagascar hissing cockroaches.

Thanks to the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE), the JMM has many Earth and space activities that can be customized to your class. Pick from activities including create-your-own nebula, astroid mining, universe expansion, filtered light and much more. Most activities take 15 minutes or less and pair well with a planetarium show or the solar system activity. When you call to schedule your tour, we will help you choose which activities are best for your group.

What is hibernation and why do some animals do it? How can animals go so long without eating and how can they stay warm? What are some other ways animals stay warm in the winter? Learn all about that and more with the highly interactive hibernation program ideal for Pre-K and Kindergarten.

What kinds of animals lay eggs, and are they all the same? How do eggs change between species to be best suited for their habitat? Do you want to try rolling different-shaped eggs to discover what happens? Join the JMM for our egg program created for ages Pre-K through first grade.

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