Why choose Museums with Marisa?
Field trips to museums are often expensive and overwhelming. You walk through the doors with a group of students, but then where to begin? Museums With Marisa can help by bringing a field trip right to your school!
Through MWM programs, Harvard trained educator-archaeologist Marisa Horowitz-Jaffe brings your school’s ancient civilizations and art history curriculum to life. MWM offers hands-on, illustrated and engaging presentations right in your classroom, giving students a one-of- a-kind opportunity to physically touch and interact with authentic, rare artifacts. Program topics include Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Archaeology 101, Art History 101, and can be taught in a series or as individual programs. Personalized programs for your specific classroom needs can also be created.
6th Grade Social Studies Class.
Pre-K 3 and 4 program.
6th Grade Social Studies Class.
Programs begin with an illustrated and engaging slide presentation. Afterwards, students are invited to explore the different museum stations which include:
-"Please Touch" ancient artifacts
-Write your name in hieroglyphics on authentic Egyptian papyrus
-Dress up as a pharaoh, Roman gladiator or Roman senator
-Design your own ancient Roman coin (taking inspiration from actual Roman coins in the museum)
-Explore the "mummy" and her funerary offerings
-Practice digging and excavating like an archaeologist
-Design your own Roman mosaic
-Take home fun word searches, coloring sheets and brain teasers
Click here for program topic descriptions.
MWM also leads private tours for school groups at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and can arrange a visit for your school.
Frequently Asked Questions
What grade level is best for the Museums With Marisa program?
Marisa can adjust her program to any grade level, from Pre-K to the senior community. The ancient cultures programs are especially suited for 6th social studies to complement the curriculum. Often, schools participate in the Ancient Egyptian program in the early part of the year, followed by the The Art of Ancient Rome program during the Ancient Greece and Rome unit that is often taught later in the school year. If the timing does not correspond, the programs still work seamlessly within your classroom.
How long is an MWM program?
Marisa sets up her museum in one of your classrooms and runs the program during a normal class period. She then repeats the program throughout the school day as students from additional sections of the class cycle in and out for each period. Marisa can adjust the program to fit your school's specific periods. She’ll work with you on logistics as needed—combining classes, creating an assembly, etc.
Does MWM meet Common Core requirements?
Yes, MWM programming covers Common Core NYS Arts Standards 3 & 4.
Where does MWM operate?
Marisa provides programs throughout Westchester County and the tri-state area, from the Yonkers/New Rochelle area north to Bedford Hills. Schools that are north of Armonk or further away may require a travel fee. Please contact Marisa if your school is outside of Westchester—she’ll work with you to make it happen! (MWM also offers private tours at The Met in NYC.)
What equipment does MWM require?
-Three to four table are needed for the mobile museum.
-AV equipment to project a PowerPoint presentation on a screen. If no equipment is available in the room, MWW can bring their own.
-During programs for young children (K-2), additional teachers or volunteers is requested.
How much does MWM cost?
The program fee is $285 per program; when three or more class sections are scheduled there is a discounted package rate. The fee covers Marisa as the educator, all materials, all take-home items, and set up and break down of museum. Please contact Marisa to discuss your school’s needs and she will create a tailored package for you.
Is MWM an accredited BOCES Program?
Yes! Marisa is a certified BOCES Arts in Education instructor and therefore many Westchester schools are eligible for BOCES reimbursement of MWM programs. Please click here for information.
What do other educators say about their MWM experience?
"Marisa's joyful, unique and entertaining presentation style brings art and ancient culture to vibrant and colorful life! Tours and workshops are a conversation between the group, with Marisa as our dynamic storyteller leading us along the path of the ancients. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious—all ages are mesmerized by both her presentation style and vast and seemingly unending wealth of detailed knowledge." -Principal, Private Catholic School in Westchester