The Morris Museum will reopen on July 21; planned jazz concerts

From the Morris Museum:

The Morris Museum opens on Tuesday July 14
For a week reserved for members.

Tuesday July 21 marks the reopening of the Museum to the general public.

The popular Morris Museum in New Jersey opens on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 for a members-only week.

The museum opens to the general public on the following Tuesday, July 21, with a list of new facilities and renovated mansion galleries.

By following CDC guidelines and instituting new protocols, the museum will ensure the health and safety of its customers and employees.

As resourceful and resilient New Jerseyers demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can squat, follow the rules, get the job done, and look ahead. The Morris Museum is the custodian of our local history and experience and, through its exhibits, illuminates the way forward.

‘Population Control’ by Carl Burger, at the Morris Museum

Visitors can discover the new exhibition, Dissonance, a sampling of NJ’s most interesting artists, whose lineup demonstrates the Garden State’s unique combination of toxins and nutrients.

One of the great artists of the NJ, W. Carl Burger, a favorite of the Morris Museum, is featured in W. Carl Burger: Mastery of the medium, covering his amazing and continuing career at the age of 94.

Tiny Subtleties: A Cache of Kinetic Art holds court in the Murtogh Collection room, exhibiting miniature mechanical wonders.

A huge sparkling mechanical wonder, that of Adrian Landon Mechanical horse, was installed during containment and galloped valiantly in place, waiting to be admired.

The popular model train exhibit on the first floor has continued to run on time, and Eva Zeisel’s collection of American Indians and graceful ceramics patiently await visitors.

In addition, the new, ever more current presentation,The Ties That Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688-2018, has been extended.

While the famous Performing arts at the Morris Museum at the Bickford Theater is on hold, the museum has imagined a new way of welcoming music lovers: Jazz on the rear deck, which will take place in the raised parking lot behind the museum, from Thursday July 16e and continue for the next three weeks. Programming and details will be announced shortly.

In his welcome address, the Director General of the Museum, Cleveland Johnson, said:

“The reincarnated Morris Museum offers that live, in-person experience of the art, culture, beauty and discovery we craved after months in front of our screens. In many ways, the Morris Museum inhabits a “Goldilocks Zone,” just enough as New Jersey emerges from pandemic hibernation.

“We’re only a short drive away, a good visit takes about the time of a summer blockbuster and the exhibits in our galleries are sure to please the whole family. This summer is a great time to explore something new, and the Morris Museum has some surprising experiences for everyone. “

For hours, admissions, directions and safety instructions visit:

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning and multifaceted artistic and cultural institution serving the public through its exhibitions and performances that strive to interpret the past and discover the future through art, sound and movement.

The museum houses the historically and internationally significant Murtogh D. Guinness collection of mechanical musical instruments and automatons. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary content further illuminate its permanent collection.

The museum’s Bickford Theater is a 312-seat performing arts installation, offering a unique lineup of film, jazz and live performances through its innovative series, Live Arts at the Morris Museum. The Morris Museum has a proud tradition of meaningful educational programs and family events.

The only museum affiliated with the Smithsonian of New Jersey, the Morris Museum is also the first museum in New Jersey to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, it has been designated as a major artistic institution and received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Willie J. Johnson

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