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*The use of male pronouns in Helen Parkhurst's writings reflects language usage of her era and does not denote male preference.

Museum Curriculum

The Dalton Museum Program is staffed by an art historian and a cultural anthropologist. This program provides images, artifacts, and expertise to the K-12 community. In addition to developing customized programs in classroom and museum settings, the museum liaisons provide curriculum and professional development. They work together with classroom teachers, specialists, and consultants in order to enhance visual and scientific literacy at Dalton. The program depends on a wide range of resources:
  • formal, long-term relationships with local cultural institutions, especially The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Pierpont Morgan Library, which provide Dalton with special access to their exhibits and collections;
  • an in-house database of digital images of art and artifacts;
  • an extensive in-House teaching collection for hands-on learning (ethnographic materials, seal impressions, natural resources, and museum replicas).

~ Helen Parkhurst in Education on the Dalton Plan, 1922

When he* comes to the end, the finished achievement takes on all the splendor of success. It embodies all he had thought and felt and lived during the time it has taken to complete. This is real experience. It is culture achieved through individual development and through collective cooperation. It is no longer school---it is life.

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  • Innov Gnawa Excerpts

    Innov Gnawa (Excepts) - Trance Musicians from Morocco

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  • Students journey to the Morgan Library to handle ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals and create impressions from the precious artifacts in clay. Dalton Art History and Museum Programs teacher Dr. Michele Marcus describes the process.

    Grade 5 - Morgan Library Cylinder Seals Study

    Students journey to the Morgan Library to handle ancient Mesopotamian cylinder seals and create impressions from the precious artifacts in clay. Dalton Art History and Museum Programs teacher Dr. Michele Marcus describes the process.

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  • Hands on workshops lead by U. Penn and Met Museum experts.

    Grade 5 Mesopotamia Study at Dalton

    Hands on workshops lead by U. Penn and Met Museum experts.

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  • Museum Program Montage

    Museum Program Highlights Montage

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  • Museum Program - Manuscript Illumination

    Museum Program - Highlights

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  • Aztec Illuminations

    Aztec Manuscript Illumination - When Cultures Collide

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  •  AMNH - Solar System

    AMNH - Solar System

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