Saturday, January 11, 2014


clip_image002VACATION DAY PROGRAMMING for Children

WHEN: January 20 and February 17, 2014
WHERE: The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day, bring the kids to the Morris Museum for an afternoon of fun crafts and special exhibitions.

Vacation Day Workshops

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WHEN: Monday, January 20, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Celebrate this important day by making a symbolic peace dove. Information about Martin Luther King Jr. will also be available. Appropriate for children all ages.

Presidents’ Day
WHEN: Monday, February 17, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Play presidential bingo and make a patriotic bracelet. Appropriate for children of all ages.

TICKETS: Vacation Day Workshop tickets for are $2 per child for members / $3 per child for non-members plus Museum admission. For more information, please email

In the Galleries

Home for the Holidays
Enjoy an exhibition of dollhouses, miniature rooms and children’s tea sets from the collection of the Morris Museum. Explore our new eighteen room “dollhouse” display. On view through February 2014.

Mega Model Trains
Train enthusiasts of all ages will marvel at the spectacular 288-square foot interactive model train display.  New features this season include a Thomas and Friends model train and a Polar Express model train. Also on view will be a collection of photographs of historical trains by Homer R. Hill, on loan from Jean Hill and the Tri-State Railway Historical Society. On view through January 26, 2014.

Museum Mind Benders
Featuring twenty puzzle stations, Museum Mind Benders will provide visitors of all ages with hours of entertainment. Sponsored by the Walter F. & Alice Gorham Foundation. On view through January 26, 2014.

The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya
The incredible LEGO® brick sculptures created by Nathan Sawaya are back at the Morris Museum for a brand new exhibition! Featuring more than thirty objects, The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya is one of the most popular art exhibits currently touring the globe. On view through March 9, 2014.

Nano: The Science of the Super Small
This interactive exhibition engages family audiences in nano-scale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on stations allow visitors to play with magnets, use foam construction materials and balance blocks all while learning the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introducing some real world applications, and exploring the societal implications of this new technology.  On view through July 13, 2014.

Fluorescent Mineral Collection
In the Rock and Mineral Gallery, visitors can experience a variety of geological specimens in an interactive, hands-on setting. The Morris Museum’s geological collection, considered one of the best in New Jersey, is home to numerous specimens from throughout the world, but has a focus on the state’s own mineralogical profile.

The Music Workshop

The Music Workshop, part of the permanent exhibition Musical Machines and Living Dolls, is an interactive gallery for the whole family.

  • Explore changes in musical “memory” - hands-on. “Pin” a barrel and “punch” a tune sheet, then listen!
  • Uncover the musical past with the Mechanical Music Jukebox.  Listen, from opera to ragtime, or learn to dance a reel, a waltz or a polka.
  • Discover how gears move, play a cylinder music box or pluck the steel teeth of an African mbira with the Activity Boxes.
  • Sit down and play! Delight in the “musical” chair!
  • Explore the evolution of sound, from scratchy records to “hissing” cassette tapes to digital music.
  • Decorate your own fairground organ using magnets.
  • Relax! Have a seat and curl up with a book.

Musical Machines and Living Dolls features over 150 objects from the world-renowned Murtogh D. Guinness collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata. Largely dating to the 19th century, these ingenious objects once brought animated, musical entertainment to private settings and public places. Join us daily, at 2:00 PM, for a demonstration of mechanical musical instruments and automata, beginning in the Music Workshop

About the Morris Museum

Celebrating 100 years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber 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. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums. 

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.