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Visiting the JMM

A visit to the JMM is a chance to explore the natural world around you; to explore the lives of Native people; and to explore the skies. Enjoy a free planetarium show, visit with live reptiles, take a custom guided tour, or explore on your own.

Regular museum hours are free of charge.

The Joseph Moore Museum is adjacent to Dennis Hall on the Earlham College Campus. Parking is available behind Dennis Hall (on the east side of the building) or in front of the Admissions Building on the main drive to campus. Click here for a campus map. You can also use our GPS coordinates: N 39° 49′ 26.46”, W84° 54′ 42.53”.

To preserve our specimens and artifacts, food and most drinks are not allowed in the museum. Water is permitted.

The JMM has reopened to fully vaccinated adults and children accompanied by a fully vaccinated caregiver.

Masks and social distancing will be required. We look forward to seeing you back at the museum!

Planned programming

Dates: Mondays

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

This time is reserved for activities for younger children (5 and under), storytimes, sensory activities, etc.

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 10 a.m. – Noon

This time is reserved for only vaccinated adults to visit the museum for those who are still wary of interaction around unvaccinated individuals.

Dates: June 17 & July 20

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

This time is reserved as a date night for vaccinated adults only (18+). Engaging programming to be included, possibly escape games or other programming suitable for adults.

Calling science and museum-loving kids! This is your chance to go behind the scenes at the Joseph Moore Museum and be a museum scientist! Campers will take on the role of different museum scientists each day, exploring paleontology (fossils), herpetology (reptiles and amphibians), astronomy (using our planetarium) and field biology (identifying and tracking animals outdoors) in this week-long camp. Campers will even get to create their own exhibit to take home!

Dates:

  • June 21 – 25 for ages 6-8
  • July 12 – 16 for ages 9-12

Time: 9 a.m. – Noon

Registration: Limited to 10 participants. Register now!

Cost: $80 per participant with a 10% discount available for museum members – Become a member.

Eligibility
Masks will be required as per Earlham College campus policy. Campers from households with vaccinated adults are eligible (proof of vaccination must be provided prior to camp start).

 

What’s in the water? 

Our waterways are important to not only the health of local wildlife but to humans as well. Come explore the waterways of Earlham College’s back campus and learn how to determine the health of our local waterways. Teens can join us for a 3-hour workshop all about water quality, including water sampling and testing of local waterways. Bring your own sample from home or a favorite stream/pond to test during the workshop.

Date: June 10

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration: Limited to 10 participants. Register now!

Cost: $20 per teen with a 10% discount available for museum members – Become a member.

Eligibility
Teens ages 13-17 who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose are eligible for this workshop. Masks will be required as per Earlham College campus policy.

 

Identify that Tweet

Learn to identify birds by sight and sound, and learn some of the techniques birdwatchers use to see the unique species that call Wayne county home. Get behind-the-scenes views of Indiana’s largest bird collection and practice birding outside.  We’ll provide the binoculars and the birds!

Date: July 1

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration: Limited to 10 participants. Register now!

Cost: $20 per teen with a 10% discount available for museum members – Become a member.

Eligibility
Teens ages 13-17 who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose are eligible for this workshop. Masks will be required as per Earlham College campus policy.

 

Reptile Encounters

The best way to learn about amphibians and reptiles is from the animals themselves!  Learn about the care and keeping of reptiles and amphibians with hands-on experience with the live animals that call the JMM home in this immersive experience. We will also explore the adaptations and natural habitats of some of Richmond’s native reptiles and amphibians with our long-time herp handler, Julia Murgatroyd.

Date: July 22

Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration: Limited to 10 participants. Register now!

Cost: $20 per teen with a 10% discount available for museum members – Become a member.

Eligibility
Teens ages 13-17 who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose are eligible for this workshop. Masks will be required as per Earlham College campus policy.

Supporting the JMM

Educational outreach is supported by the Stamm Koechlein Family Foundation and the Borman Family Foundation. If you would like to support our programs as well, please consider giving to the JMM or purchasing a membership