Special Exhibitions

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 Program:

Special Exhibit Demonstration, Monday, October 10, 1:00PM

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.

Exhibition Lender:

J & S

 


Emily LarossaFOUR COLLEGES: A STUDENT/FACULTY ART EXHIBITION
Through November 20, 2016

Four Colleges brings students and faculty from County College of Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Drew University and College of Saint Elizabeth together to showcase the talent right here in our own backyard. The intention is to probe an artist’s sphere of influence. What are the significant influences on an artist? How does an art teacher influence a student’s work? Can we see it in a student’s work? By showcasing these four schools we celebrate and bring together the creative resources in our community with the hope of forging new opportunities.

Image: Emily Larossa, The Telephone Poles.

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.

Related Program:

Gallery Tour and Talk with Michael Gabriele, Nov. 5

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