Future Exhibitions

Fresh Perspectives Collage 2018

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.

People’s Choice Award:  Voting opens on Friday, March 15 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.

Opening Reception: FREE for Members
Thursday, March 14, 2019, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Please RSVP here


Related Programs

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

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, 12:30 – 2:00PM. For ages 5 and up. Get details.

Last Look: Behind the Scenes of Simply Steampunk
Thursday, August 8, 2019

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.




Magnified Lincoln Signature. Photo by Maria Ribaudo, Collections Manager, Morris Museum.

Pen to Paper:
Investigating Famous, Historical Letters
Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Sunday, July 7, 2019 

Examine documents from our Founding Fathers, past presidents, famous writers, and inventors, as we discover the clues that letters can reveal. Learn about the various writing tools used over the course of time and how communication has evolved, from the quill pen to text messaging. Find out how a leading forensic handwriting expert uses handwriting to determine a person’s character, psychological state and identity.

Related Programs

Interview with a Forensic Handwriting Expert
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2:00PM

Can handwriting really give us insight into someone’s personality? Join us as we remotely interview renowned graphologist Andrea McNichol who will be in her Los Angeles office. Hear about her work in the field and how her skills have helped the FBI and other law enforcement agencies with numerous criminal cases, including the O.J. Simpson and JonBenét Ramsey murder investigations. Come to this interview to find out.

Advance registration is required:  973.971.3706

Museum Members: $8
Non-Members:  $10
Non-Members Combo ticket: $13 (includes Museum Admission)
Writing Lab
Saturday, May 18, 2018, 2:00PM

Experience writing with a variety of tools, from the quill pen to the metal dipping pen and more modern day writing instruments.  Learn about their differences and how pen technology has changed, as you travel back in time on a historical writing adventure! A great event for both children and their families.

This program is presented in partnership with the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts.

Advance registration is required:  973.971.3706

Museum Members:  $8
Non-Members:  $10
Non-Members Combo ticket: $13 (includes Museum Admission)



Mysteries on Paper
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 2:00PM

Explore Morristown National Historical Park’s Lloyd W. Smith Collection with archivisit Dr. Sarah Minegar, as she discusses her work with the intriguing letters and rare books that comprise this priceless collection.

Advance registration is required:  973.971.3706

Lecture Tickets:
Museum Members:  $10
Non-Members:  $12

A Cache of Kinetic Art:

Tiny Intricacies (March 13 – July 12, 2020)
Timeless Movements (March 12 – July 11, 2021)

Our multi-year exhibition series, A Cache of Kinetic Art, showcases contemporary automata and their inventive creators. They focus on contemporary interpretations of 19th century mechanical music and automata, fully embracing advances in both machine and digital technology.  Juxtaposing the technical ingenuity and functionality of a bygone era, the kinetic works in this exhibition highlight innovative engineering, design, imagination and messaging of present-day artisans.

For artists, below are the prospectus and the entry and owner verification forms, for the exhibitions coming up in 2020 and 2021.

2020 Tiny Intricacies Prospectus

2020 Tiny Intricacies Entry Form 

2020 Tiny Intricacies Owner Verification 

2021 Timeless Movements Prospectus

2021 Timeless Movements Entry Form  

2021 Timeless Movements Owner Verification