Future Exhibitions


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

Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful:
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.


CANstruction Build Day 2017 at the Morris Museum.

CANstruction Competition 2018
Friday, October 26, 2018 – Thursday, November 7, 2018

Teams of New Jersey architects, engineers and design professionals will be competing at the Morris Museum to create a structure from canned goods that is 10 foot x 10 foot x 10 foot high.

The event is part of a national program that calls upon teams of architects and design professionals to envision and build creative structures made entirely of canned food. The Canstruction’s theme this year is “Favorite Video Games”.  This is chance for the teams to share and remember their best and preferred games and show off their creativity and awe-inspiring sculptures in a fun and rewarding challenge.

Build Day: Friday, October 26
Viewing of Structures: through Wednesday, November 7

Visitors to the Museum can view the Build Day, the final structures, and the winning design as part of their Museum admission.

This event benefits the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. Further details are available at aians.org

In 2017, the event was able to contribute 18,291 lbs. of food and a monetary contribution of over $10,000 with the help of participants and generous sponsors.

County College of Morris Portfolio Class Exhibition
Friday, November 9, 2018 – Thursday, January 1, 2019

For the sixth year, the Morris Museum hosts an exhibition of the design and fine art pieces created by students at County College of Morris (CCM). The exhibition, consists of works produced by students taking Portfolio classes through CCM’s Department of Art and Design.

Opening reception:
Thursday, November 15, 5:00PM – 7:00PM


A Cache of Kinetic Art:
Simply Steampunk

A four-year exhibition series featuring a variety of themes – A Cache of Kinetic Art, debuted in March 2018.

Simply Steampunk, the next part of this series, pursues the goal of featuring the creative energy and vitality of kineticism, by re-envisioning 19th century aesthetics combined with advances in machine technology. By mounting an exhibition such as this, the Morris Museum intends to draw parallels of innovative engineering, design and imagination of present-day artisans, and draw comparisons to the technical ingenuity and functionality of a bygone era. The exhibition will be on view from March 15 to July 14, 2019.

Entry Deadline:
Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Call for Artists is now closed

Complete application with all supporting materials must be received by 5:00PM on September 20. You are encouraged to submit in advance of this date, if possible. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Selected Artists Notified Via Email:
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Deadline for Delivery of Artwork:
Thursday, February 21, 2019

All work must be received by Morris Museum no earlier than February 5, but no later than February 21, between the hours of 10:00AM-4:00PM.

For more information, please see the 2019 Simply Steampunk Exhibition Prospectus.
To enter your work, fill out the Entry Form and Owner Verification Form, if applicable.

Michele Marinelli
Guinness Curator
[email protected]

Image Left – Washington Engine Co. 1918 Ahrens Fox Model N-2 Reg. #909.            Image right – Independent Hose Co. 1923 Ahrens Fox Model KS-4 Reg. #1138

Community Helpers: Firefighters
Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Since the invention of fire, people have been developing methods to put them out. Always ready to roll out at any time in the event of an emergency, firefighters play a crucial role in society. From rescuing those trapped in burning buildings, to assisting family pets stuck in trees.

Take a closer look into the lives of volunteer and full-time firefighters, who make it their profession to put the safety of others above their own.