Sunday, April 17, 2016


Planet Ocean


WHEN: Now through August 28
Morris Museum, 7 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown

Dive in and discover the world’s largest habitat. Planet Ocean, an interactive exhibition for family audiences, is now on view at the Morris Museum.

Through hands-on displays, children and their families can explore the ocean’s formation, currents, and marine life. Visitors will see examples of biofluoroescent fish, whalebones, and million-year-old shark teeth. Children will have the opportunity to try on a snail shell, touch real marine specimens, and read ocean tales in an ocean book nook. Families can look through a microscope to explore sand from around the world or leave a message on a wave wall.

One of the exhibition’s galleries is devoted exclusively to the unique Jersey Shore environment. Here, visitors can explore a live tide pool aquarium featuring hermit crabs and fish, see a taxidermy seal pup and check-out local marine birds. In addition, families can watch the ocean by Sandy Hook or Cape May, streamed live from a web cam, and see photographs by New Jersey photographer Mary Dunham of the damage caused by Super Storm Sandy.

top: Lucy K. H Kalian, Sandy Hook is Home, beach trash on plywood, 2015.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, 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.

Location & Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members.  For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit