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Evolving Jazz with “Perfessor” Bill
Sunday, November 26, 3:00PM

Join “Perfessor” Bill for a glimpse into the evolution of American Music, from the early 1900s, particularly ragtime, popular song, and early blues to the music which came to be known as “jass” or “jazz.”

Bill Edwards, music historian and performer will describe the growth of jazz in the popular media, and its infusion into the public eye and ear. The lecture will be accompanied by historic visuals such as newspaper accounts, sheet music covers, and short film clips. The “Perfessor” will also perform a short concert of rag, stride, and jazz piano.

Members: $17
Non-Members in Advance: $18

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A Rodin in Madison – The Discovery of a Masterpiece

Sunday, December 10, 11:00AM

Join us for a special presentation about the discovery of a large marble bust of Napoleon Bonaparte by Auguste Rodin in the council chambers of Madison, NJ.

Mallory Mortillaro serves as the Curator of Collections for the Hartley Dodge Foundation in Madison, NJ. While she was cataloging the artwork housed inside of the Harley Dodge Memorial she uncovered this masterpiece that has been lost to the art world since the 1930’s. After a year of research the piece was authenticated as an official work by Auguste Rodin.

FREE for Members. Please complete this registration form.

FREE with Museum Admission for Non-Members. Please call the Box Office at 973.971.3706.

Advance registration required.

Photo Of Mallory Mortillaro and the bust of Napoleon Bonaparte by Karen Mancinelli.

Center Stage: Cabaret 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017, 7:00 PM
Enjoy a night of celebration as the Morris Museum’s Access-ABILITY series showcases the talents of our community members living and thriving with intellectual and development disabilities.This collaborative effort will feature pieces with a “freedom” theme chosen and arranged by the Center for Enhancing Abilities, ECLC PRIDE, and New Beginnings; directed by Will Sandoval.

Tickets: $10 I Call: 973.998.6242This project was made possible in part by The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

A Convention for Automata Enthusiasts
Morris Museum
May 18 – 20, 2018
Using the renowned Murtogh D. Guinness Collection as backdrop, this will be the second ever convention of this type, attracting automaton makers, collectors and enthusiasts from around the world, with the goal of sharing ideas, building relationships and growing interest in Automata new and old. This is a convention not to be missed!

Visit the event website for program updates and to purchase your tickets.

AutomataCon Logo by founder and convention chair, Brett King.

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 small instruments 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.