Monday, December 10, 2018

Winter Family Programs at the Morris Museum: Exhibitions, Hands-on Activities, Theatre and More for All Ages


WHERE: The Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Rd., Morristown

The Morris Museum has programming this winter for children of all ages to enjoy. Programs range from a new exhibition about firefighters to a Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day, Teddy Bear Tea, Vacation Day programming, and children’s theatre.

Many programs are free with Museum Admission. Please check for registration information for each event. For Children’s Theatre tickets visit or call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.

To become a Member of the Morris Museum and attend Family Fun Days for Free, visit, email or call 973.971.3721.


Firetruck photo historical MorristownCommunity Helpers: Firefighters
Saturday, December 15 – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Take a closer look into the lives of volunteer and full-time firefighters, who make it their profession to put the safety of others above their own. While the passion and dedication needed to be a firefighter have remained the same, over the years, firefighting technologies and procedures have evolved to be safer and more sophisticated.

On display in this exhibition will be turnout gear, uniforms, helmets, badges, radios and other communication technology, equipment, hoses and nozzle, fire extinguishers, and apparatus. All the objects for this exhibition come from local fire departments in the communities of Morris County.

An exhibition of this kind has never before been mounted for the Fire Departments of this county. The goal is to recognize and celebrate their valiant efforts and the vital role they have played since their founding.

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On view through Sunday, March 17, 2019

Experience more than 40 trumpet-like instruments across time and cultures with surprising shapes, sizes, and names, like didgeridoo, serpent, firebird, flintstone, and Uncle Sam. There will be special content available for children to explore through iPads. Adults will enjoy learning about these instruments as well.

This exhibition is by special arrangement with the National Music Museum, America’s preeminent collection of historic musical instruments in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Mega Model Trains
December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019

From December–February, the Morris Museum opens its Mega Model Train Display—an intricate model train that meanders across a 288-square-foot landscape replicating a bustling city and pastoral scene, equipped with a waterfall, planetarium and even a sasquatch.

The exhibit features 500 feet of O-gauge track surrounded by an eclectic array of buildings, figurines, cars, trees and all sorts of other interesting minutia. Along the sides of the display are 48 buttons, each activating a unique light or a moving device, allowing guests to interact with the exhibit. Almost like a real-life Where’s Waldo book, half the fun of Mega Model Trains is admiring the incredibly detailed scenes dispersed throughout.

This winter, the Mega Model trains are ensconced in their new home on the first floor of the Morris Museum and will delight visitors of all ages on a daily basis!

Winter Vacation Celebration – Family Fun Day
Thursday, December 27, 2019, 11:00AM – 4:00PM

Children and their families can embrace the spirit of the season with a day of indoor winter fun at the Morris Museum. Visit the exhibitions, enjoy crafting and special surprises! Also, participate in a Touch the Music workshop with Claudia Lemmerz. The variety show Jack Frost Magical Holiday will be performed in the Bickford Theatre at 11:00AM and 1:30PM (separate admission fee).

This Family Fun Day is FREE for Museum Members and FREE with Museum Admission for Non-Members.

Teddy Bear Tea at the Morris MuseumTeddy Bear Tea
Saturday, January 12, 2019; Seatings at 11:00AM and 1:00PM

This yearly special event offers a respite from the colder weather with scrumptious treats and a magic show with circus flair in the Bickford Theatre. Each child will receive a remembrance of the day. It is perfect for families with children ages 3–8, and offers a great opportunity for a winter-themed family photo.

TICKETS: Museum Members: $25; Non-Members: $30
To purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.

Hands-on Activities

Vacation Day Workshops
Drop In between 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Enjoy two days of activities at the Morris Museum when school is closed.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019 – participate in craft making to celebrate Dr. King’s life and mission
  • Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 18, 2019 Claudia Lemmerz from Touch the Music will offer a patriotic program with musical instruments.

These days are FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members.

clip_image002Homeschool Discovery Adventures
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1:00PM

Homeschooled children ages 5-8 can join us for hands-on activities involving interesting absorbent materials. Experiment with some household products before exploring an amazing chemical with a noteworthy property.

This event is FREE for Members and Free with Museum Admission for Non-Members.

Children’s Theatre
Tickets for these shows can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973.971.3706. Combination tickets with Museum Admission are also available by calling the Box Office. More details are available at

TICKETS: Members:$10, Non-Members: $12, Group Rate (available for groups of 20 or more): $9, Combination Ticket: Museum Admission and Theatre: $15
Children’s Theatre Subscription for three performances: $24

Nugget and Fang (1)Nugget and Fang
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

A colorful new musical from ArtsPower. Nugget, a minnow, and Fan, a shark, get along swimmingly until Nugget’s first day of school when he learns that minnows are supposed to fear sharks! Witness a great story of the power of friendship and individuality.

Jack Frost Magical Holiday
Thursday, December 27, 2018, 11:00AM and 1:30PM

Join the mischievous and frosty-fun antics of the one and only, Jack Frost, himself as he searches for the true meaning of the holiday season. This variety show is filled with holiday magic and opportunities for audience participation. Presented by Currier’s Magical Mania. Purchase a combination ticket and visit the Morris Museum for the Winter Vacation Celebration before and after the show.

Other Family Programming coming up this winter at the Morris Museum

Other learning experiences for families this winter at the Morris Museum include studio art, Family Fun Days and children’s theatre.