The Guinness Collection Composer Series: An Evening with Rossini

This past spring, the staff of the Guinness Collection presented a program on Italian composer, Gioachino Rossini.  As with our other popular Guinness presentations, guests were delighted with the musical offerings of this renowned composer through mechanical musical instruments.  Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) was an Italian composer, born in Pesaro, Italy. The only child of…

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Spotlight on the Guinness Collection: Precious Smalls

Inventions in mechanical music leaped forward in the late 1700s into the 1800s as clock and watchmakers discovered ways in which to incorporate musical movements into the tiniest of pieces.  The introduction of musicwork into tiny objects was almost exclusively restricted to Swiss makers located in Switzerland and elsewhere, and required the greatest possible skill…

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STORIES FROM THE VAULT: Space Rocks

On a February morning in 2013, a meteor traveled through the skies above Russia’s Ural Mountain region. Scientists estimated the meteor had a force 20 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, however it exploded at a much higher altitude and the atmosphere acted as a shield. The meteor’s intense flash of light was momentarily brighter than the sun and its shockwave shattered more than a million square feet of glass, which left approximately a thousand people injured.

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Spotlight on Guinness: OUR REGARDS TO BROADWAY!

This Thursday, March 20, the Guinness Staff will present Our Regards to Broadway, a look at Broadway show tunes as heard on mechanical musical instruments.  During the program, we will explore the evolution of musical entertainment from early comic operas and operettas to vaudeville and variety, concluding the evening with musical comedies and the Broadway…

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Spotlight on Guinness: TELLING TALES OF SONGS OF LOVE

The Morris Museum’s recent Chocolate Festival was attended by over 1200 visitors!  Among the exhibits, activities, crafts, and of course – chocolate – the public was delighted by the sounds of mechanical music in the Guinness Gallery.  It is hard to say which mechanical instrument was more popular as they all have their own unique…

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SONGS OF LOVE

Spotlight on Guinness Join us in the Murtogh D. Guinness Gallery when Songs of Love will be performed using the mechanical marvels of the Guinness Collection.  Throughout the annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, February 8, 2014, enjoy sweet treats and delight in musical selections specifically chosen for you! You can expect to hear the impressive…

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The Strauss Family: Part 2

Spotlight on Guinness Welcome back to Part 2 of our look at the Strauss Family, leading up to the Morris Museum’s An Evening with Strauss on Thursday, January 16!  As a single family of musicians, conductors and composers, the Strausses are nearly without equal. So let’s explore briefly both the professional and personal lives of…

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The Strauss Family: Part 1

Spotlight on Guinness Pairing classical music with mechanics, the Morris Museum is offering a new composer series that will highlight the music, history, and technology behind famous composers featured in our Guinness Collection.  Join us Thursday, January 16th at 6:30pm for the first program,  An Evening with Strauss, which will explore the enchanting music of…

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Morris Museum Loan Friday: Cottontail Rabbits

Happy New Years museum goers! It’s #MorrisMuseumLoanFriday and we hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. With the start of 2014, Museum Loan Department is excited to introduce to you some of the 1,400 portable exhibits that relate to subjects in the arts, sciences, history and humanities. We have served New Jersey public and…

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