Ethnographic Collections

The Museum has a broad range of ethnographic and archaeology artifacts from around the globe. Ethnographic materials from Native North American cultures are the focus of a permanent gallery and include strong Plains and Northeast Woodland components. Highlights encompass Plains artifacts donated from the Captain William Philo Clark collection with impressive examples of beadwork, a 1870s Sioux warrior’s fringed leather shirt ascribed to the distinguished Sioux leader, Crazy Horse, and the Bauer Collection of contemporary Pueblo Pottery and Kachinas.

Africa is represented with ceremonial and household artifacts including ancestral figures, masks and tools. The South American, European and Asian collections feature feather work, textiles, clothing and personal ornaments.  New World archaeology includes lithic and ceramic collections from North and South America, including numerous examples from New Jersey.

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Toys/Children’s Collection

This collection is comprised of childhood materials from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Objects include mechanical and transportation toys; trains, games; ride-on vehicular toys, children’s furniture and stuffed animals along with examples of American doll houses and miniature shops from the 19th and 20th centuries. Highlights include the Heizer Doll Collection made between the 1930-1960 by Chatham doll-maker Dorothy Heizer and a collection of international dolls. The Morris Museum also has a permanent model train exhibition and hosts holiday train displays.

Historical Objects Collection

This collection consists of objects that reflect local history, such as tools, weapons, books, and grave rubbings.  Local history is also reflected in the fine arts, decorative arts, and ethnographic collections.