Morris Museum announces reopening plans and safety procedures

Morris Museum reopening

Jonathan Collins’ “American Scream” is part of the “Dissonance” exhibition at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.

The Morris Museum in Morris Township has announced its reopening plans, with a members-only week starting on July 14 and the general public welcome starting July 21. Also, a weekly jazz series will begin outdoors, on the elevated parking deck behind the museum, July 16, with Amani. Also in the series: The Mariel Bildsten Quartet, July 23; Dan Levinson’s Sixth Annual Midsummer Night’s Jazz Party, July 30; and Don Braden with Karl Latham and Big Fun(K), Aug. 6.

Face masks and six-foot distancing will be required, and to manage capacity and minimize contact at the entrance, admission will be by timed reservation only, and payment by credit card only. Galleries, elevators, the museum’s shop and its restrooms will have capacity limits, and the Natural Science Resource Room will remain closed. Water fountains and some interactive components of exhibits will be turned off or made inaccessible. For more information about safety procedures and admission, visit

The following exhibitions will be open:

• “Dissonance,” which features 59 works by 35 artists that, according to the museum’s website, “encompass qualities of ‘discord, tension, instability, and conflict,’ thought to ‘aptly fit the moment in which we find ourselves (during the COVID-19 crisis), as individuals, as institutions, as a nation, as a culture.’ ”

• “W. Carl Burger: Mastery of the Medium,” featuring paintings, drawings and collages from the museum’s permanent collection and covering Burger’s entire career.

“Tiny Intricacies: A Cache of Kinetic Art.”

“Eva Zeisel: A Century of Designing Elegance.” Works in ceramic, glass and wood.

“The Ties that Bind: How Race Relations Shaped Morris County and New Jersey, 1688-2018.

“Special Installation: Monarch Sanctuary.”

“Special Installation: The Mechanical Horse,” by Adrian Landon. (see below)

For more on the exhibitions, visit


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