Come and experience the old and the new
By Sue Baldani
Looking to see great works of art, find unique programs for your children, or rent a spectacular venue for an event? If so, you don’t have to travel far. The Morris Museum in Morristown, with its affiliation with the renowned Smithsonian Institute, has all this and more.
Collections and Exhibits
While the permanent collections offered are incredible and varied, there are always new and fascinating exhibits to be found at different times of the year.
“We’re really excited to be hosting Art in the Atrium’s 30th Anniversary Show, For The Culture, By The Culture, 30 Years of Black Art, Activism, and Achievement, which opened May 25 and will run through September 25,” says the new Executive Director, Andrew Sandall.
Another exhibit on display throughout the summer is Contemporary Spin: The Guinness Collections Re/Imagined. “This shows our signature Guinness Collection interpreted through the eyes of the next generation of museum professionals.”
The amazing Spark!Lab, which opened last year, has been a tremendous hit. “It’s a fascinating, unique place,” says Director of Museum Learning and STEAM, Gabrielle Meyer. “There’s nothing quite like it within a couple of states.”
Spark!Lab, she explains, is a hands-on space that allows kids to create, think about the world differently and come up with solutions. “There might be a prompt to create a vehicle with this material or create something that moves with these gears. As a former teacher, the piece I love the most is that a 5-year-old and a 13-year-old can have a fantastic experience using the same materials.”
Another offering is the Art in Motion Tour. Children learn about various pieces, then go to the classroom and make their own kinetic art. Artful Afternoons, which will be held in July and August, is yet another fun addition. They’re each a week-long and have very specific programming based on a theme.
“There are numerous reasons to be a member, but the number one is free admission to the museum,” says Andrew. “Members also get exclusive programs and experiences and discounts for our regular programs. You’re also helping support us financially and making sure those programs and exhibits are available for everyone in the community.”
Hold your next party or corporate event (up to 120 guests) at this unique venue. “We still have some select Saturdays available this summer,” says Private Event Manager, Nina Hoffer. Having access to the galleries during your event adds an extra dimension to your party that is distinctive and unforgettable.
To find out more, go to https://morrismuseum.org/.
Written for Morris City Lifestyle magazine in New Jersey.