Morris Plains Museum

51 Jim Fear Dr * Morris Plains * NJ 07950 First, Second, Third Sat 10am-2pm | By appointment

Follow Morris Plains’ journey from its humble origins in 1685 as one sawmill to the bustling suburb it is today. The Morris Plains Museum covers the town’s three centuries of local history through its collections of permanent and rotating exhibits, costumes, maps, artwork, Native American artifacts, newspaper microfilms and recorded oral histories. The museum also has original editions of the Farmer’s Almanac, which was headquartered in Morris Plains from 1907 to 1933.

View caricatures from political cartoonist Homer Davenport, who moved to Morris Plains in the early 1900s. Learn about local blacksmith Lawrence Monahan’s band (established in 1888) and see their instruments, uniforms, sheet music and photographs. Take in the unusual history of Greystone Park (formerly the New Jersey State Insane Asylum), which opened in 1887 on 400 acres of farmland. The museum also offers guided tours and a variety of educational programs throughout the year.

Of Special Note:
• The museum was founded in 1974 and originally located in the Morris Plains library
• Julia Beers, born in 1862, was the town’s first historian and first librarian

 


Morris County, located 30 miles west of NYC, is home to some of America’s most important history and culture just waiting for you to explore. Start by walking in the footsteps of Revolutionary icons such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, then pick apples right off the tree at one of our verdant farms and end your day having a delicious dinner; discover how to make my weekend Morris County!
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: 973-631-5151
Leslie Bensley Photo of Jane Joe Executive Director at Morris County Tourism Bureau
6 Court St. Morristown, NJ 07960
973-631-5151 [email protected]