Access-ABILITY Programs

Access-ABILITY is the Morris Museum’s pioneering program that welcomes all visitors and showcases the talents of members of our community living and thriving with disabilities.

The Morris Museum welcomes your school and adult program groups to experience our many unique offerings:

Art Exhibitions
Original artwork by artists with disabilities will be showcased at the Museum, in coordination with local school groups and adult programs. Artists, and their families and friends, are invited to an Opening Reception to celebrate their talents in painting, sculpture, photography, and design.

Early Access Hours
If you prefer to enjoy the experience before the hustle and bustle of the day’s activities begins, we welcome you, your families, and friends to visit the Museum on scheduled Early Access Days.

Touch Tours
Who said museum exhibitions are only meant to be “seen?” The Museum offers tours during which “touching” is not only allowed but encouraged.

Coffee House Evenings
The Museum welcomes poets, writers, musicians, singers, and dramatists to perform in the friendly atmosphere of a casual “coffee house.”

Adventures in Learning
Let us bring the Museum to you with one of our Outreach programs in the sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

Education programs tailored to your special needs are available.

For questions and more information, please contact:
Nancy Romain
[email protected]

The Morris Museum Access-ABILITY project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


To kickoff 2019, we have partnered with local schools and service providers to host the following art exhibitions. People with or without special needs are invited to come and appreciate the works of art and the artists who created them.

Center for Enhancing Abilities Art Exhibition 
Thursday, January 17 – Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Morris Museum is honored to feature visual art from The Center for Enhancing Abilities, providing individuals with a variety of opportunities and experiences in group settings that will enrich their lives and prepare them for real life situations and employment.

Suessology. Photo courtesy of Currier’s Magical Mania.

Dr. Seuss Family Fun Day 
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 11:00AM – 4:00PM
Early Access for Families with Disabilities at 10:00AM

We invite children and adults with special needs and their families to experience the museum early in the day before we open to the general public. Get an early start on our Dr. Seuss Family Day – enjoy readings of Dr. Seuss classics, make a hat just like the Cat’s, and explore the museum exhibitions. Children are welcome to come dressed as their favorite Seuss character.

Enjoy the children’s show Seussology in the Bickford Theatre at 11:00AM and 1:30PM (separate admission fee).

Spectrum360 and JSDD’s Wae Center Art Exhibition 
Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 24, 2019

Join us for a joint art exhibition showcasing artists from Spectrum360 and JSDD’s Wae Center. Spectrum360 provides options across a lifetime for children, adolescents, young adults and adults on the autism spectrum and with behavioral and related disabilities. JSDD’s Wae (Wellness, Arts, & Enrichment) Center is a holistic, expressive arts learning center which focuses on the abilities and desires of members regardless of their starting point, dedicated to “Finding the Spark Within.”

Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 21, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Light refreshments included.

ECLC of NJ and Horizon Elementary School
Wednesday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14, 2019

In this exhibition, we are honored to highlight fine artists from our community partners, ECLC of NJ and Horizon Elementary School. ECLC provides Education, Careers, and Lifelong Community to empower and enable the individuals they serve to achieve their maximum potential and enhance their quality of life.   Horizon Schools serve students with multiple disabilities through a rigorous therapy program and state-of-the-art educational technology supplemented with critical program supports to create an unparalleled enrichment experience.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 11, 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Light refreshments included.