Cocktail Making, Lunch and Learn and StoryTime! Science Week at The Newark Museum of Art

The Newark Museum of Art has a long history of showcasing the natural sciences to visitors through its interactive galleries, on-site planetarium and hands-on programs.

Although the Museum campus is currently closed to the public, programs for both adults and children continue to be offered virtually, live and prerecorded daily on its website ( and through various social media channels.

This includes an array of special programs developed by the Museum’s Learning & Engagement team to celebrate Science Week. See below for events this week.

The Museum invites visitors this week to explore science in a whole new way through inspiring and engaging demonstrations, talks and activities! People of all ages will find something to enjoy, in topics ranging from nature and space to coding and the science of art.

“As home of the Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Full-Dome Planetarium, New Jersey’s first, the Museum has been a place where each year thousands of visitors discover the sciences,” said Silvia Fantoni, Deputy Director of Learning and Engagement at The Newark Museum of Art. “We are excited to continue showcasing natural sciences by giving everyone the opportunity to celebrate science week through our creatively curated online programs.”

The following programs are part of The Newark Museum of Art’s virtual experiences #NMOAatHome, which is made possible by Bank of America.

Wednesday, June 17

Storytime Live with Pets, 3 p.m.

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail
Piggy mayhem ensues! Join us for a live reading of Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore and have virtual lunch with a potbellied pig when Eyes Of The Wild joins us again to inform and entertain!

This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Click here to register for the free Zoom session:

Sam’s Socially Distant Science Quiz Live: TNMOA edition, 5 p.m.

Test your mental science stamina with Sam Langford, a Scotland-based science communicator. Join Sam’s Socially Distant Science Quiz—a virtual pub quiz all about science.

This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Click here to register for the free Zoom session:

Thursday, June 18

Lunch & Learn: The Science Behind Art,
with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Noon|

Join Dr. Gregory Smith, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, to learn how analyzing the pigments used by an artist informs the preservation of museum objects, reveals hidden stories about artworks, and unmasks forgeries. Explore the rich interface between the arts and the sciences as we discuss the role of chemistry in art!

This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Click here to register for the free Zoom session:

Friday, June 19

Science Pill: Observing the Moon and its Phases

Have you ever noticed how the Moon’s appearance changes throughout the month? Explore why this happens and make your own moon observation journal.

Jon Bok, Cross, 1993
Bottlecaps and saw blades, 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2 in.
Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2006 2006.42.12
© Richard Gasperi
Happy Hour: Science Week Edition, 6 p.m.

Join Museum educators Darryl Dwayne and Anna Muñiz in a casual meet up to celebrate and unwind. Each episode aims to be a conversation on art, culture, and spirits. We’ll start with a toast, mix a drink, tell museum stories, and focus on one of the works from the museum’s collection. In this episode, we celebrate Science Week by discussing the behavior of liquids and gases and highlight Jon Bok’s work Cross, 1993 from the Museum collection.

This week’s cocktail is Black Velvet, a creamy mix of champagne and Guinness.

This session will be available on Zoom and Facebook Live.

Click here to register for the free Zoom session:

Saturday, June 20

Norman Bluhm, Bit by Bit

Join us for biweekly highlights from the exhibition Norman Bluhm: Metamorphosis. In this episode, we’ll look at the biomorph—what to make of those weird organic forms in Norman Bluhm’s late work?

The video will be available on our Facebook and Instagram pages and YouTube channel.

Barclays Code Playground Workshop (for Members only)
Learn to code a video game using Scratch with the help of coding experts, the Barclays Digital Eagles from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 20. Code Playground helps children aged 7-17 learn code – the new language for the new economy. Visit to learn more about block programming and register here to join the 90 minute workshop.

Capacity is limited. To register, email:

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