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“The automata are fascinating!”
Review of Morris Museum

Morris Museum
Ranked #7 of 29 things to do in Morristown
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We'd heard about this museum shortly after the movie "Hugo" came out, and we went to see the Automata exhibit. I was amazed by the massive collection, and we took the guided tour through the exhibit which involved watching some of the machines working. This was really cool, and I highly recommend it--however, this might not be for little ones. Some of the automatons might be a bit intimidating for kids, and they might not appreciate the advanced mechanics of them.

The only reason I'm not giving a full five stars was that the rest of the museum seemed a little lacking, especially after seeing the automata exhibit. Looking at other reviews, it seems like perhaps we missed some very interesting temporary exhibits, so I would absolutely recommend this museum.

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

The Morris Museum really is a hidden gem! Located in Morristown, NJ just a 45 minute ride from Cliffside Park, the museum is a perfect blend of old and new starting with the building structure itself. Part mansion, part modern, the museum sits inconspicuously in a residential area of town, yet five minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Morristown and General George Washington’s headquarters!
The Morris Museum offers a little bit of everything and the seasonal changing exhibits make it a museum to visit over and over again. Appropriate for ages 3 and up, the museum has lots to offer. Although the concepts for certain exhibits may be better suited for kids ages 10 & up, there are so many hands-on features that make it intriguing for the little ones as well.
From dinosaurs, rocks and minerals and model trains to traveling exhibits like The Brick Art of Nathan Sawaya (using Legos) and Beards: The Long & Short of It, there is plenty to explore on all three floors! Touch and feel fossils and hear sounds of NJ’s Hadrosaur, push buttons that turn on lights and sirens at the mega model train exhibit, stand in the fluorescent black light room to see glow in the dark rocks and minerals, take a look back at tunes through time in the music workshop room; these are just a few of the hands-on things to do! The museum also houses the Bickford Theatre were various concerts and plays are held throughout the year for an extra fee.
Cliffside Park residents using the library's pass can take advantage of our free admission for 2 adults and up to 3 children.
I would highly suggest visiting the Morris Museum on the same day as Imagine That! (library pass good for up to 4 people, see separate review) located in Florham Park. Both places can be toured in approx. 2 hours each, so it would be perfect to visit one place in the morning, then grab a bite to eat in any of Morristown’s trendy food venues, and visit the second place in the afternoon to round out a great day trip away from home. Make sure to call ahead of time or visit the museums' websites for days and hours of operation.
Questions about the library passes can be answered here: http://cliffsidepark.bccls.org/museum-pass.php

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

There is a lot to learn about at the Morris Museum. The permanent collection has a nice representation of native New Jersey mammals and the early American portraits are worth seeing. The temporary exhibitions featuring Lego art, bird eggs, and doll houses were a hit with my 7- and 4-year olds.

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

The Morris Museum provides a wonderful and warm place to take the family for the day. The doll houses, trains and egghibit were marvelous. The music boxes provided an interactive part and the Lego exhibit was fantastic ! The pottery by Albert Green is always on exhibit and well worth seeing.We were so impressed that we joined the museum and plan to spend more time there with our grandchildren My husband and I attended a show in the theater a few weeks ago. What a wonderful museum !

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

The permanent exhibit of music boxes and mechanical toys is outstanding. There is a great train set and doll houses in another room, and there was a temporary exhibit of sculpture made of Legos that was very impressive. All in all we were very favorably impressed. The Museum also has a theater where plays are shown.

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