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Review of Macculloch Hall Historic Museum & Gardens

Macculloch Hall Historic Museum & Gardens
Ranked #12 of 29 things to do in Morristown
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in downtown Morristown, N.J., Macculloch Hall has been part of the local community for over 200 years, first as the home to community-minded residents, George and Louisa Macculloch (1775-1858, 1785-1863), and since 1950, as a not-for-profit museum and garden. Founder W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) endowed MHHM as a resource for all Morristown and Morris County residents. A Federal brick mansion, Macculloch Hall was built in 1810 by George Perrott Macculloch (1775-1858), the "Father of the Morris Canal." Today this historic house and decorative arts museum comprises nine period rooms, two exhibition galleries, a dedicated classroom, and an expansive formal garden, which is open to the public free of charge.
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Enjoyable 90 minutes”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

It was raining -- and we like antiques, so we tried Macculloch. We were pleasantly surprised to see so many beautiful and interesting antiques from the Parson's collection. While we have visited many period homes and museums, we saw items at Macculloch that we had never seen before. There are some excellent examples of WIndsor chairs -- so many varieties! -- and the Thomas Nast collection is quite interesting. The garden, though mostly spent, was pretty. Would love to see it during the summer! We are recommending Macculloch to friends and family in NJ area. PS -- Docent had good stories about local history and was both interesting and accommodating.

Visited October 2012
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Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
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“Added knowledge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012 via mobile

We decided to see what Macculloch museum had to offer. My husband and I were very pleasantly surprised. After visiting many museums we never thought a small local museum could add to our knowledge about the little things. The docent was incredible and kept making us want to know more. The garden is lovely and allows for a very calming & relaxing respite.

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in NJ
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“Enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2012

We went to see the Civil War exhibit (Gone for Soldier) parked on the street (in front of the Thomas Nast house as it happens) We were greeted & asked if we wanted the house tour, we weren't sure & the woman encouraged us to register as she said it was included in the admission price which was 8.00 per person for us. There were civil war re-enactors there & they really added to the experience. The woman in particular was very engaging & had a lot to share, loved the collapsible cup & the bone cutlery. The exhibit was on the small side, but interesting & we did go on the house tour, which we enjoyed. There is a room reserved for Thomas Nast's drawings, which you can see on your own. Be aware there was no AC & it can get very warm.There is a small array of gifts to buy & a lovely garden to tour.
If you go on the tour there are stairs, & the garden would be difficult to tour if you are in a wheelchair.

Visited June 2012
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“For collectors of little-visited regional museums”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

Money for the mansion came from the vanished Morris Canal. On a great street full of Victorian houses, easy to imagine the heydays from the 19th century. Museum itself has a well curated collection of furniture and art. Be sure to make it only one stop on a Morristown walking tour. Look for the Thomas Nast House across the street but don't try to visit. It's private. There are other sites (Ford Mansion, Acorn Hall, Jockey Hollow) nearby.

Visited November 2011
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Morristown, New Jersey
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“Fabulous Thomas Nast Collection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

This is a true hidden treasure of a museum. It is just lovely with beautiful exhibits and lovely gardens. They have the largest collection of Thomas Nast's work in the US. I happen to have a passion for Thomas Nast's work anyway, but a visit to their collection is something that could take days to really appreciate. Thomas Nast lived in Morristown and his home is still in existence. If you look carefully at some of his drawings and cartoons, you can find his family, his home, the steeples of Morristown churches and many other places from the Morristown area. His Christmas cartoons from Harpers show a lot of Morristown from that era.

Macculloch Hall has other wonderful exhibits that change over the months. This is a small museum but has great ideas and execution of projects. Their curators should be very proud of their efforts! Everything is done with style and grace and somehow it is never boring. When my children were young, their Montessori School used to bring them to the museum for visits. It was a lot smaller then with lesser exhibits, but somehow the visits always seemed to excite and stimulate these children. I think that is so rare today and the dedicated staff needs to be both thanked and commended for their accomplishments.

Visited October 2011
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