Special Exhibitions

Planet OceanPLANET OCEAN
Through August 28, 2016

Dive-in and discover the world’s largest habitat. From sand to seashells, coral to currents, waves to beaches, this interactive exhibition will delve into the science of the ocean. See the Museum’s collection of over 2000 sand samples, come face to face with local marine birds or read an ocean tale in our ocean book nook. Special attention will be given to the unique New Jersey Shore environment.

Image: 

Lucy K. H Kalian, Sandy Hook is Home, beach trash on plywood, 2015. 


Yankee StadiumTOOTHPICK WORLD
Through August 31, 2016

With just toothpicks and Elmer’s Glue, artist Stan Munro constructs precise reproductions of architectural masterworks and world-renowned structures. Toothpick World features iconic American buildings such as the White House and the Empire State Building, and internationally celebrated structures such as Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower. The exhibition also includes local landmarks like Yankee Stadium.

Related Program:

Toothpick Workshop, August 7


MEGA MODEL TRAINS
Through August 31, 2016

Featuring six separate tracks and dozens of interactive working accessories, the Mega Model Trains display will appeal to railroad enthusiasts of all ages.


Draw Poker Trade Stimulator - webFOR AMUSEMENT ONLY: ARCADES AND CAFES
Through October 10, 2016

This exhibition explores the fascinating world of coin-operated entertainment from the early twentieth century. See fortune-tellers and strength testers from penny arcades and gambling machines and musical instruments from Prohibition-era speakeasies.

Related Programs:

Special Exhibit Demonstration, Friday, August 12, 3:00PM
Special Exhibit Demonstration, Monday, October 10, 1:00PM
Curator’s Tour, Thursday, September 15, 6:30PM

In the News:

“These machines show what life (and entertainment) were like before video games.” – CNBC.com (slideshow) 

“Antique amusements on display at Morris Museum.” – NJTV (television program)

Image:

Cigar Slot Machine, c1902, Watling Manufacturing Company, Chicago, IL. On Loan from the Collection of Ken Rubin.


Sounds of IndiaSOUNDS OF INDIA
Through October 23, 2016

Learn about the musical history of India and its impact and influence on the Western world through this exhibit of handcrafted instruments passed down through generations.

Related Program:

Indian Drumming with Taalim School, Saturday, August 27

Exhibition Lender:

J & S