New Jersey

African Art Museum of the Society of African Missions

Dive into the realm of African art, and see how an art historical perspective can take your students and scouts on a journey through philosophy, religion, and more. The museum has sculptures, paintings, costumes, textiles, and various elements of folklore. Participate in hands-on examinations of African masks, figure sculptures, costumes, weapons, instruments, currency, and other items from the permanent collections. Learn about African artists’ traditional techniques, religious practices, and gods, while studying objects and their designs. During an activity about textile, youth can make a Kente cloth wrapper, and discover the history of this expensive fabric, a symbol of prestige.
 
Contact Info
Address: 23 Bliss Avenue, Tenafly, NJ 07670. Bergen County. Tel: 201-894-8611. Email: museum@smafathers.org. Website: www.smafathers.org/museum. Hrs: Daily 8AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5-3 hours. Cost: Free. 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Visual Arts.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies, Visual Arts.

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Museums & Exhibits Lesson Plan

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