Current Exhibitions

Summer Afternoon, Pastel, 12×16
Instructor: Francesca Pelaggi

Student Showcase
Morris Museum Studio Art Courses

Tuesday, August 14 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Morris Museum is thrilled to exhibit over 25 works in diverse mediums in our very first Student Showcase! Works are on loan courtesy of our professional teaching artists and their students who participate in year-round courses for children, teens, and adults.

Unleash your creative side while learning basic fundamentals and modern techinques. Registration for the Fall Session of Studio Art courses is now open!


Green River Formation Fossil Fish, Wyoming, USA, Eocene Period, Permanent Collection of the Morris Museum

Green River Formation Fossil Fish, Wyoming, USA, Eocene Period, Permanent Collection of the Morris Museum

What Came Before US?
Sunday, July 28 – Sunday, September 23, 2018

What came before us? From the smallest organisms, to the towering dinosaurs – and numerous plants and animals in between-the fossils that remain from these creatures provide us with evidence of the life that existed on earth before we did.

In this exhibition, prowl the four regions of the United States to uncover what lies deep beneath the surface. Learn about the process of fossilization, and why particular types of fossils are found in specific regions. Ever wonder how fossils are collected? Get the inside scoop and who knows, you might just be lucky enough to discover a fossil bed right in your own back yard!

Eight states with dinosaur fossils: CT, MA, NJ, SD, CO, MT, UT, WY

The state with the oldest fossil: NY

Image courtesy of Newseum. Top row, left to right: Billy Joel, Kim Cattrall, Samuel L. Jackson, Erin Brockovich. Bottom row, left to right: Rosie O'Donnell, David LaChapelle, Maria Shriver, Tommy Hilfiger.

Image courtesy of Newseum. Top row, left to right: Billy Joel, Kim Cattrall, Samuel L. Jackson, Erin Brockovich. Bottom row, left to right: Rosie O’Donnell, David LaChapelle, Maria Shriver, Tommy Hilfiger.

The Boomer List: Photographs by
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Tuesday, July 10 – Sunday, September 9, 2018

Baby boomers have had a profound impact on the world, shaking up attitudes about sex, race and politics, and leaving their mark on everything from science and technology to art and music.

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,”“The Latino List” and “The Out List”) chose as his subjects boomers who reflect the depth, diversity and talent of their generation. The 19 men and women selected for “The Boomer List” are:

1946: Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran/author
1947: Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru
1948: Samuel L. Jackson, actor
1949: Billy Joel, singer/songwriter
1950: Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer
1951: Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
1952: Amy Tan, author 1953: Eve Ensler, playwright
1954: Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers
1955: Maria Shriver, journalist
1956: Kim Cattrall, actress
1957: Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
1958: Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center
1959: Ronnie Lott, athlete
1960: Erin Brockovich, environmentalist
1961: Peter Staley, AIDS activist
1962: Rosie O’Donnell, entertainer
1963: David LaChapelle, artist
1964: John Leguizamo, actor

“The Boomer List” also includes an original Newseum-produced film featuring the photographer’s stories about the project, and a scent station with memorable aromas familiar to the baby boom generation.

“The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders”
was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with AARP.
The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C.
AARP is the exclusive sponsor of “The Boomer List” exhibit


From Stone to Gem

Tuesday, June 12 – Sunday, September 16, 2018

Shine bright like a rock? mineral? —or gem!  This exhibition highlights our extensive collection of rocks and minerals, with representative specimens from the mineralogical profile of New Jersey.

From quartz and amethyst, to rubies, emeralds, and diamonds, learn about the tools and processes that shape and refine these precious and semi-precious stones into breathtaking gems.


Spheres of Influence: W. Carl Burger
Tuesday, May 15, 2018- Sunday, August 26, 2018

Help us celebrate the long and distinguished career of prolific, New Jersey artist, W. Carl Burger.

Productive for over three-quarters of a century, he built a substantial repertoire that includes watercolors, paintings, lithographs, drawings, collages, and more.  Never-before-seen works from our extensive collection will be on view.


W. Carl Burger, The Garden, 1980, Watercolor on paper, Gift of W. Carl Burger

W. Carl Burger, The Garden, 1980, Watercolor on paper, Gift of W. Carl Burger

W. Carl Burger, Chessman, 1958, Watercolor on paper, Gift of W. Carl Burger





W. Carl Burger, Forest Glen, 1990, Mixed media on paper, Gift of W. Carl Burger

Detail of Windup Clock. Photography by Todd McLellan.

Detail of Mantel Clock, made by E. Ingraham, 1928. Component count: 59. Photograph by Todd McLellan.

Things Come Apart
Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Within every object, tool or device that we use there are dozens of components which work together to represent the creativity, passion and highest levels of achievement of their time. When it comes to the objects we use every day, the sum really is greater than the parts.

Things Come Apart features captivating photographs of deconstructed devices, fascinating videos and encased disassembled objects that display the effects imagination has on technology and the evolution of design.

Younger visitors to the exhibition will also have the opportunity to become part of the experience through the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center’s Spark!Lab activities. These collaborative, hands-on challenges offer hypothetical situations that allow critical thinking and team creativity to flourish and provide fun skill building in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The Spark!Lab activity kits are provided through a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Invent-A-Vehicle (Saturday, September 15, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors sketch and then build a vehicle to solve specific transportation challenges. Vehicles are made from reusable material and components are scaled to encourage collaboration, imaginative play, and real functional testing.

Shaping Space (Saturday, October 13, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors use their imagination and the provided construction materials to find inventive ways to shape spaces that meet varying engineering and architectural challenges.

Soundscapes (Saturday, November 10, 11:00AM and 1:00PM): Visitors design and assemble wooden blocks, noise-making elements, and marbles to create sound pathways and music. They explore different configurations and try marbles of different sizes and materials to produce the sounds they’re looking for.

Register for these 45 minute programs for children ages 6-12 that are Free with Museum Admission.

Things Come Apart is an exhibition organized by Todd McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).



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.


Gallery Tour – Morris Museum.