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The Great American Solar Eclipse – A Viewing
Monday, August 21, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

If you are not planning to travel to view the total solar eclipse, join the Morris Museum’s Astronomical Society in the Bickford Theatre for a live viewing via a NASA feed.  It’s one of the largest astronomical events in several decades.

Begin – 1:22:02pm
Mid -2:44:28pm 73% max coverage
End – 4:00:59pm

Don’t miss this special free event!

We are sorry, however, glasses are no longer available for purchase at the museum gift shop.

Image: Morris Astronomical Society Display, Morris Museum.  Photo Courtesy of Sarah Gonzalez. 



Curator’s Tour of Murtogh’s Music Room
Thursday, September 14, 6:30-8:00PM

Step into Murtogh’s music room! In case you missed the first one, we are offering an encore and final presentation of his beloved mechanical musical instruments and automata. This exhibit is filled with personal effects, and showcases some of his favorite cylinder musical instruments and automata that have not been previously exhibited nor heard by the public.

Tickets: $15 per person
Advance registration is required.  Please call 973.371.3706 to purchase tickets.

Image: Marble Clock Organ, c1805-1810, attributed to Davrainville, Paris, France, 2003.18.491.


Healing Arts Exhibition
Thursday, October 12, 6:00-8:00PM

The Morris Museum is honored to present the Healing Arts exhibition in collaboration with Atlantic Health System. The arts are an essential component to health, healing and well-being. The Healing Arts Program provides opportunities to experience health and well-being by bringing literary, performing and visual arts to the patients, staff and the communities served by Atlantic Health System.

Please join for the Opening Reception featuring the artwork of “Artists of the Month,” Thursday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Light Refreshments. FREE.


Daily Live Demonstration:guinness-demonstration
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata
Every Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00PM

Join us in the galleries for an historical overview and live demonstration of some of the mechanical musical instruments and automata from the Museum’s Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. This custom designed, 4300 sq.ft. permanent exhibit features 150 superb examples of early mechanical musical entertainment. From precious smalls that can fit in the palm of your hand, to the huge 9 foot tall European Dance Hall Orchestrion.

Free with Museum admission.

Image: Guinness collection, Morris Museum.