Tuesday, November 8, 2011



The Morris Museum offers a variety of programs and workshops related to current exhibitions, for adults, in November and December 2011.

For more information and to reserve your space, please e-mail or call 973.971.3720.

Guinness Collection Musical Box OrchestraWSpotlight on the Guinness Collection:
An Orchestra in a Musical Box?

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 6-7 PM
Reservations are required; please call 973.971.3706 to reserve your place.

A spectacular collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata are featured in the museum’s permanent exhibition Musical Machines & Living Dolls from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. In this program the focus will be on changes which started in the  late 1800’s, when Swiss musical box makers began incorporating a variety of additional instrumentation to their creations, such as drums, bells, castanets, organ pipes, free reeds and more. Join Guinness Collection specialists as they display, describe & demonstrate rare, select examples of these “Orchestral” style musical boxes from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. (Image: Musical Box with “Orchestra” (detail), c.1875,  Morris Museum Guinness Collection)

Winterize Your Motorcycle
WHEN: Thursday, November  17, 6:30 PM
Learn how to prepare your motorcycle for the harsh winter season and get set for long-term motorcycle storage with custom motorcycle designer and owner of North Jersey Customs in Denville, Scott Avery. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition On the Road: 100 Years of Motorcycles in America. Program registration is required; please call 973.971.3720 or e-mail

Gettysburg Address Reenactment
WHEN: Saturday, November  19, 11:00 AM – 1 PM
Free with museum admission
On the anniversary of the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, hear a reading of the Gettysburg Address by an actor portraying Abraham Lincoln. Learn about President Abraham Lincoln's activities during the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863 and how that moment influenced the rest of the war. This is a family-friendly event, presented in honor of the memory of Joan Clarke. Please call 973.971.3720 or e-mail for more information.

Studio Art Workshop: Marbleize a Scarf
WHEN: Saturday,  December 17, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
Pre-registration is required; please call 973.971.3720 or email
Learn the ancient art form of Ebru and make a unique 60” silk scarf  for yourself, or for a special gift. Better known as marbleizing, this beautiful art form dates back to 12th century Turkey and Persia. Similar to tie dying, marbleizing is easier and more exquisite. Learn both the technique and the fascinating history of Ebru in this interactive workshop with artist Nancy Leary. No experience required. A $10 material fee paid to the instructor is due the day of the workshop. 

Senior Fridays
WHEN: Friday, November 18, 1:00 PM, Native American Cultures
WHEN: Friday, December 16, 1:00 PM, Bold Strokes: The Paintings of Chris Kappmeier
Free with museum admission
Pre-registration is not required.
Visit the Morris Museum for an early afternoon of art and conversation with professional museum educators. The program includes a tour through the featured exhibition and engaging conversation in the galleries.

WHERE: 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ
Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM.
ADMISSION: to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit

About the Morris Museum
The Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through the presentation of high caliber permanent and changing exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards.  In 2013 the museum will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the F.M. Kirby Foundation; and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.