The Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, is a wonderful Day Trip destination for families of all ages. The second largest museum in New Jersey, Morris Museum offers permanent exhibitions, special collections, and a theater, all located in the Georgian-style Twin Oaks mansion.
I took my Gilmore Girls to visit the Morris Museum last week (for free thanks to our library’s Museums Passes — thanks Montclair Public Library!) and we couldn’t believe we had waited all these years to discover this local gem.
Morris Museum With Kids
Morris Museum offers many wonderful programs for families:
- Tot Tours: A fun program for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Activities include storytime or a mini gallery program, and an art project.
- Special Workshops: Offered frequently to tie in to exhibits.
- Family Festivals: The Victorian Family Festival takes place this Saturday, July 9!
- #accessABILITY Mornings at the Museum: Children and adults with special needs and their families can experience the Museum early in the day before they open to the general public.
On View Through August 31: Toothpick World
With just toothpicks and glue, NYC artist Stan Munro constructs precise reproductions of world-renowned buildings. Toothpick World, which opened on July 1, features world famous landmarks and buildings such as the White House, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and Yankee Stadium — all crafted meticulously with toothpicks. This fantastic exhibit will appeal to everyone in the family.
Highlights From the Collection
Dinosaurs, the Ocean, Rocks & Minerals, Model Trains, American History — the Morris Museum has a bit of it all.
A stand out was Musical Machines & Living Dolls, which shows the start of our modern age of public entertainment through four areas in the gallery. The mechanical music section was our favorite (it’s Melissa’s son’s, too) as it offered many interactive opportunities for kids of all age to make and explore music.
Another hit with the kids was Rocks & Minerals. The Morris Museum’s geological collection highlights the Garden State’s own mineralogical profile. This collection offers hands-on activities and a “cave” to see glow-in-the-dark rocks.
Little train lovers will be happy spending all day in the Morris Museum’s Model Railroad Gallery.
So get your family on board for a day of fun at Morris Museum!
6 Normandy Heights Road
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11- am to 5 pm & Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Admission: Adults $10, Kids 3 – 12 $7, Under 3 Free. Parking is Free.
Note: The Museum is “Pay as You Wish” on the 2nd and 3rd Thursday of each month from 4 pm – 8 pm. Morris Museum also participates in the Museums on Us program.
Where to Eat
The Famished Frog is our pick for nearby American favorites. A nice beer selection and a good Kids’ menu (the meal comes with an adorable plastic finger puppet frog!) make this cafe and sports bar a perfect place to eat after your museum visit.