Current Exhibitions


Mega Model TrainsIMG_3989

July 1 – August 16, 2014

Train enthusiasts of all ages will marvel at the spectacular 288-square foot interactive model train display.  Take a trip through the city, small towns, and the countryside.


Katherine Knauer Semper Tedium: The Slow Art of Quiltmaking

July 1 – August 16, 2014

The studio art quilts in this exhibit were made over the course of more than two decades from the talented hands of four different artists: Paula Nadelstern, Katherine Knauer, Amy Orr, and Robin Schwalb.  The exhibition celebrates the “Slow Art” movement of artists who embrace “handmade” as a mantra, blending traditional process with modern techniques and assemblage.  The show revels in process, rejoices in community, and celebrates artwork created in “as much time as it takes.”  Semper Tedium spans a broad variety of artistic styles, from abstraction to representational imagery, and the use of materials that range from fabric to credit cards.

Katherine Knauer, Storm at Sea, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist.

New Jersey Unearthed: Digging Into Our State’s Past

July 1 – August 16, 2014

Celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary by interpreting the clues archaeology can reveal about our State’s rich history.  From prehistory to the Revolutionary War and a late 19th - century household, learn what these excavations can teach us.  Many of the artifacts in this exhibit were unearthed from some of New Jersey’s most historically significant sites that are also considered national treasures.

Image courtesey of Jason R. Nargiz.


May 5 – August 16, 2014

Honeybees are responsible for at least 30% of the foods we eat everyday!  Busy bees are the great pollinators of the world and are essential to so many aspects of our lives and culture.  Celebrate the sweet story of these incredible insects and learn how vital they are to our survival and how you can help to protect and conserve bees and their habitats.  Learn about the life cycle of a bee and how different cultures revere this tiny architect.   Artists that will be featured in the exhibit include: Josie Rodriguez, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Rose-Lynn Fisher, among others.

Elise Guidoux and Karen Koshgarian, To Bee or Not To Bee, Twelve concertina books enclosed in various cells of a hand constructed honeycomb,  Image courtesy of the artists.


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Shawn-WolfPortrait of an Athlete: Special Olympics of New Jersey & U.S. Paralympics

June 12 – November 16, 2014

The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators.  In celebration of the accomplishments of the New Jersey Special Olympics athletes, the Morris Museum is proud to present this exhibition of portraits by photographer Pete Byron, who has travelled all over the state to capture the athletes during practice, competition, or just being themselves. 

Support for Portrait of an Athlete provided by Safilo and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Safilo, the exclusive global eye wear supplier to the Special Olympics- Lions Club International Opening Eyes® vision care program since 2003.

Shawn Woolf. Image courtesy of Pete Byron. 

Related Programs:

  • Opening Reception, July 17, 6-8pm

Wim van EgmondNikon Small World

June 13 – August 3, 2014

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.  This exhibit features twenty images from the winning submissions of the year.

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Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom) (250x), 2013. Image courtesy of Nikon Small World.


Nano LogoNano: The Science of the Super Small

Through September 28, 2014

Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages family audiences in nano-scale science, engineering, and technology. Hands-on stations present the basics of nanoscience and engineering, introduce some real world applications, and explore the societal implications of this new technology. Nano was created by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.



Native American PotteryLegacy in Clay: Contemporary American Indian Pottery

Through September 28, 2014

This exhibition features over 50 exquisite examples of contemporary pottery, created by American Indian potters, all recent gifts from the Collection of Sonia and Victor Bauer.  Including bowls, pots, and jars dating from 1993-2008, this exhibition explores the forms, designs, and methods that contemporary potters have created with inspiration from ancient traditions.  For example, Iris Nampeyo (c. 1860-1942), one of the most well-known Hopi potters, was a pioneer in reviving Sikyatki designs, infusing them with her own creativity.  She passed down her designs and techniques to her daughter, Fannie, who passed along the craft to her children and grandchildren.  Pieces by Nampeyo’s grandchild, Iris Youvella Nampeyo and great-grandchild Rayvin Nampeyo, are included in the exhibition.  The exhibition also includes the work of Jody and Polly Rose Folwell, Al Qoyawayma, Dorothy Torivio, Damian Toya, and Nancy Youngblood. A broad range of Hopi, Laguna, Acoma, Santa Clara and Navajo traditions are represented.  The delicate shapes and detailed designs demonstrate an incredible level of craftsmanship and talent.  In addition, the exhibition includes an exquisite selection of contemporary Kachina Dolls carved from cottonwood by highly skilled Hopi artists to represent various spirits of their religion.  Works by Loren Phillips and Orin Poley, among others are included.

Informal Science Education Network (NISE Network) with support from the National Science Foundation.

Dorothy Torivio, Black and white geometric seed jar, Hand coiled earthenware, 1995. Gift of Sonia W. and Victor J. Bauer. 

Related Programs (see link for registration and ticketing information):

al green pottery websitePottery by Albert Green

For more than fifty years until his death in 1994, Albert Green produced works of genius that continue to influence the ceramic world today. Through years of experimentation and study, Albert was able to teach himself the intricacies of clay and glazes.  Simple utilitarian forms – the bowl, the bottle, the plate – became Albert’s canvases, allowing him to concentrate on the interplay of color and design which graces the surface of every piece.