Special Exhibitions


Jersey SpiritsJERSEY SPIRITS:
PROHIBITION FROM FLAPPERS TO BOOTLEGGERS
Through December 11, 2016

Step back in time to a period of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and leaders of the temperance movement.

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Image: George Gonzales’ restaurant & bar, River St. near Newark St. during prohibition, 1929, Hoboken Public Library.

DinersICONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE:
HISTORY OF NEW JERSEY DINERS
Through December 31, 2016

When was the last time you ate at a diner? If you are like millions in New Jersey, the answer is not too long ago. Dubbed “the land of diners,” New Jersey’s highways and main streets are dotted with silver airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner. Moreover, New Jersey was and still is the diner manufacturing industry’s hub. This exhibition explores the rich history of the Garden State’s favorite casual eatery through classic photographs and historical artifacts.

The exhibition was organized by the Middlesex County Museum/Cornelius Low House.

Image: Mark Oberndorf, Lyndhurst Diner, Oil on linen,  2009.

miniaturesA WORLD OF MINIATURES
Through March 27, 2017

Showcasing handcrafted silver tea sets, exquisite furnishings, and miniature rooms created by master artisans, this year’s miniature exhibit will feature two new rooms: a recreation of George Washington’s office from Morristown’s Ford mansion and a colonial bedroom.


people-of-northern-papua-new-guinea-maskTHE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN PAPUA NEW GUINEA:
FROM THE RESEARCH AND COLLECTION OF DR. GEORGE E.B. MORREN
Through April 14, 2017

Enter a land of dense rainforests, mountains and winding rivers.  This is home to the numerous tribes that reside in the northern region of Papua New Guinea.  Pioneering Rutgers University anthropologist, the late Dr. George E.B. Morren, conducted groundbreaking research that helped interpret this land and its people.  View Dr. Morren’s  collection of artifacts while learning about his fieldwork.  Observe exotic birds, plants, and examine insects from the American Museum of Natural History’s permanent collection.


distantbattleonthewarabaraINTO THE UNKNOWN: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF MICHAEL ROCKEFELLER
Through April 14, 2017

Before Michael Rockefeller’s disappearance near the southwestern coast of New Guinea, he embarked on a life-changing expedition to learn about the Baliem Valley Dani people.  This exhibition features a selection of Rockefeller’s photographs from the Baliem Valley New Guinea expedition of 1961. Many of these photographs from Harvard’s Peabody Museum have not been publicly displayed until recently.

Image: Distant battle on the Warabara.  Photograph by Michael Clark Rockefeller, (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 2006.12.1.44.12, (digital file # 153530261).