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guinness-demonstrationDaily Live 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.

From Murano to Seattle: Lino Tagliapietra’s Journey  

Sunday, April 23, 1:00PM Sold out!


Join Andrew Page, the editor-in-chief of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, for a lecture on the life and art of world-renowned glass master Lino Tagliapietra.

Tagliapietra born in 1934 on the Venetian island of Murano in Italy, earned the title of maestro (master) at the age of 21. He could have continued on as a celebrated virtuoso of traditional techniques, but he was restless. In 1979, he traveled to the Pilchuck Glass School north of Seattle, where he began to share closely-held glassblowing secrets with American artists, a new generation of whom were eager to learn the centuries-old methods. Tagliapietra’s encounters were a two-way street, and the then-45-year-old maestro was inspired by the American spirit of experimentation to develop new ways of working with glass. The results over the past three-and-a-half decades have been ground-breaking works that harness time-honored decorative techniques in service of an abstract sculptural vision that celebrates Tagliapietra’s extensive travels and experiences.

Tickets: Free for Museum Members; $5 (plus Museum admission) for Non-Members.
Advanced registration required.

Image: Lino Tagliapietra. Photo: Russell Johnson.

Morristown Festival of Books
Presents Summer Spotlight 2017 Featuring
New York Times Bestselling Author Emma Straub
A Night Out for Book Clubs and Book Lovers!
Tuesday, June 6, 7:30PM

Join us at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre on Tuesday, June 6 for a very special author talk and in-person visit with New York Times bestselling author Emma Straub (The Vacationers, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and Other People We Married). Straub will be in conversation with Glamour books editor Elisabeth Egan to discuss Straub’s latest bestseller, Modern Lovers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college—their own kids now going to college—and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in. Publishers Weekly calls the novel “a lighthearted but psychologically perceptive narrative [that] captures the vibes of midlife, middle-class angst and the raging hormones of youth.”

NPR Best Book of 2016
Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2016
Slate Best Book of the Year
Washington Post Notable Fiction Pick

Audience members will enjoy a lively discussion about inspiration, the writing life, and what it takes to craft a story that touches readers’ hearts. The evening will feature complimentary admission to the museum’s exhibits beginning at 7:00pm and a sparkling post-event book signing reception with bubbly and sweets. Join us to toast our visiting authors and to celebrate the start of the 2017 Morristown Festival of Books!

Tickets: $35 + $3 service charge (includes a copy of Modern Lovers

Please note: No tickets will be mailed for this program. Guests will check-in on the evening of the event.