Special Programs for Families

BOX OFFICE  973.971.3706


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

Join us in the galleries for a 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.


Family Film and Workshop Event 
Saturday, October 7, 12:30 – 4:00PM 

Enjoy a fun-filled day immersed in automata!

First, let us excite you with the film, Hugo, directed by Martin Scorsese, about a young boy and his automaton.  It will be shown on the big screen in the Bickford Theater. Afterward, enjoy fascinating automata from The Guinness Collection through live demonstrations. Wrapping up the afternoon, each family receives a kit to construct and operate their own automaton – which they can then bring home!

Please call the Box Office, 973.371.3706 to purchase tickets.

Image Credit:  from the film Hugo, courtesy of Paramount Pictures.


Vacation Day Workshops
Thursday, November 9, 12:00 – 2:00PM 

Create a craft in honor of Native American Heritage Month and the Lenape Indians that once made NJ their home.
Vacation Day Workshops: FREE with Museum Admission; Drop in between 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Vacation Day Workshops
Friday, November 10, 12:00 – 2:00PM 

Enjoy making a craft inspired by our nation’s history and our flag exhibit: The Stars Tell The Story.
Vacation Day Workshops: FREE with Museum Admission; Drop in between 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Teddy Bear Tea 
Saturday, December 2
Seatings at 11:00AM, 1:00PM, and 3:00PM

Guests will be treated to scrumptious treats, a festive performance in the Bickford Theater and a special visit from Santa, who brings gifts for each child. Perfect for families with children ages 3 to 8, this event offers a great opportunity for a holiday family photo.

Advance registration required.

Tickets:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $35


11:00AM Seating Tickets

Teddy Bear Tea (11:00AM, Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (11:00AM, Members, Child)
Teddy Bear Tea (11:00AM, Non-Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (11:00AM, Non-Members, Child)


1:00PM Seating Tickets

Teddy Bear Tea (1:00PM, Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (1:00PM, Members. Child)
Teddy Bear Tea (1:00PM, Non-Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (1:00PM, Non-Members, Child)

3:00PM Seating Tickets

Teddy Bear Tea (3:00PM, Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (3:00PM, Members, Child)
Teddy Bear Tea (3:00PM, Non-Members, Adult)
 
Teddy Bear Tea (3:00PM, Non-Members, Child)


Model Trains

Friday, December 15, 10:00AM

Come see our Mega Model Train display, then make a train-related craft.