Current Exhibitions


Fresh Perspectives Collage 2019.

Fresh Perspectives
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019 

The Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 as an outlet for artistically-accomplished New Jersey high school students to express their curiosity and creativity.

Now in its 30th year, the Morris Museum is once again proud to display the superb work of photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and video by New Jersey’s most talented young artists.

A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk logo designed by Sarah Gonzalez.

A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk Friday, March 15, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019 

Simply Steampunk is the second installment of our four-year exhibition series, A Cache of Kinetic Art, exploring kineticism in contemporary artistic practice. Only fully appreciated when set in motion, these imaginative works capture the wondrous vision of a world powered by steam-engine technology from a bygone era. Combining 19th-century machine aesthetics with creative expression, engineering, and design, the interactive sculptures and installations in Simply Steampunk delight the senses with amazement, luminosity, sound, and movement.

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Participating Artists

  • David Bowman, Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Chris Cole, Bend, Oregon
  • Ken Draim, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Kyle Dries, Glen Oaks, NY
  • Bradley Litwin, Philadelphia, PA
  • LoHiFi Productions (Chris Little and Theofanis Pitsiavas), Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Kenneth McBain, Morristown, NJ
  • Mike Richison, Ocean Township, NJ
  • Will Rockwell, West Orange, NJ
  • Walter Rossi, New York, NY
  • Matt Steinke, Austin, TX

People’s Choice Award:
  Voting is now opens and concludes on Sunday, June 30 and must be done on-site at the Museum.  The award will be announced on the website and social media on Tuesday, July 2.

Related Programs

Simply Steampunk, A Curator’s View (Lecture and Tour),
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 2:00PM.

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Hugo, 2011. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.

Steampunk 101: Scorsese’s Hugo with Curator’s Tour
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Join us for a big screen showing of the film Hugo about a Parisian orphan who discovers a mysterious automaton left by his father.  He embarks on a quest to unlock the machine that transforms those around him and leads to a loving place he can call home. Following the film, join the Guinness Collection staff for a tour of Simply Steampunk. For ages 5 and up.

Museum Members: Free
Non-Members: $8 (Includes Museum Admission)
Tickets: 973.971.3706

Build an Automaton Children’s Workshop,
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00PM.

For ages 5 and up. 

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Last Look: Behind the Scenes of Simply Steampunk
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Accompany the Guinness Collection staff into the world of steampunk kinetic art to catch a final glimpse before the exhibition closes.  Artist David Bowman will join the tour to share his insights on his works.

Museum Members: Free
Non-Members: $15

Tickets: 973.971.3706  

Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by our partners at M&T Bank.


Food Pantry, Union, NJ 1997. Silver Gelatin print. Photograph by Barbara T. Beirne.

Food, Help and Hope: Closing this Sunday
Revisiting the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Photographs by Barbara T. Beirne, 1996-98
Friday, January 18, 2019 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

In the mid-1990s food insecurity affected nearly one million people in New Jersey. To help raise awareness about this critical social issue, the Morris Museum commissioned photographer Barbara T. Beirne to document the people, services, and agencies associated with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey over a two-year period.

This selection of work reprises the 1998 exhibition The Community FoodBank of New Jersey Leading the Fight Against Hunger: Photographs by Barbara T. Beirne. These moving images compassionately capture those affected individuals and families, and the dedicated advocates involved in the struggle to end hunger. Although the resources devoted to providing food for those in need has increased over the past twenty years, the amount of people who go hungry in New Jersey remains relatively the same—making it all the more necessary to continue the dialogue on this crucial matter.

Andy Taylor, Uncle Sam, B-flat Trumpet, 1996. Photo Courtesy of the National Music Museum.

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Closing this Sunday
Treasures from the National Music Museum
Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

Forget everything you think you know about the trumpet, the best-known member of the brasswind family. Trumpet-like musical instruments appear across time and cultures in surprising shapes, sizes, and features, from the conch-shell trumpet to the didgeridoo, from the valveless natural trumpet to the keyed bugle, from the Swiss alphorn to the s-shaped serpent.

By special arrangement with the National Music Museum, America’s preeminent collection of historic musical instruments, this exhibit of more than forty musical instruments, including audio and video demonstrations, will delight young and old, student and connoisseur.

See what some recent visitors from NYC posted about their trip to view this exhibition.

Gallery Tour – Morris Museum.

Gallery Tours

The Morris Museum offers tours of select exhibitions for groups of 10 or more.

Gallery Tours include educator-led programs for field trip students and adult groups, as well as self-guided browse tours.

For more details please contact [email protected]