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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.


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.

For more information: http://morristownbooks.org/2017-summer-spotlight/


Opening Reception & Curator’s Tour of Murtogh’s Music Room
Thursday, June 15, 6:00PM

To honor the man, commemorate the gift, and celebrate the opening of the permanent Guinness Gallery 10 years ago, we invite you to join the Guinness Staff for an evening in Murtogh’s Music Room.  A new exhibit filled with personal effects and showcasing some of his favorite musical instruments and automata, most of which have never before been exhibited nor heard by the public.

Refreshments included.

Tickets: $25 per person

Image:  Longman Mechanical Barrel Piano, c. 1810, John Longman, London, England, 2003.18.254a-h.


22nd Annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Sale
Wednesday, August 5, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Shop with top mineral, gem and fossil dealers.  Thousands of specimens and books, including overstock from the Morris Museum Collection!

Tickets: $5 Adults; $3 Children (under 12)
Ticket price includes admission to all the Museum’s galleries and exhibitions.