Macculloch Hall Historical Museum & Gardens

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Macculloch Hall Historical Museum & Gardens

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum & Gardens
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Saturday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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Patricia G
Morristown, NJ3 contributions
Macculloch Hall Museum and Gardens is a wonderful gem in the heart of Historic Morristown. The home has an interesting history dating back to 1810. It is fascinating to learn about the history of the Macculloch/Miller families, their friends, visitors and impact on NJ life. The house is furnished with wonderful items, including some of the quality worthy of a major museum. Tours are given by volunteer docents or by the staff. All are knowledgeable about the house, gardens and its history. There are excellent educational programs on offer. In the summer a librarian from the Morristown Library comes over one Wednesday's at noon to read a book to a delighted audience of little ones and their parents/caregivers. If you are looking for a place to have some quiet reflection, take a stroll or enjoy a lovely garden MCH is just the spot.
Written March 29, 2022
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,787 contributions
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Filled with Christmas spirit, this 1810 home is sure to brighten your holiday and satisfy your intellectual soul. Holiday décor including numerous decorated trees brighten the nine period rooms. Featured are 19th and early twentieth century ornaments and toys. The 18th century basement which is original to the property displays the kitchen of it's time with a fireplace furniture and artifacts from the period. A clock from the 1600 is also present. The main floor has an impressive entrance foyer with hanging chandelier and staircase. The dining area has White House porcelain from five presidents including Abraham Lincoln. Living areas are fully furnished some with original pieces and Chippendale furniture. Upstairs houses the largest collection of original art by political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902). Titled "Visions of Santa Claus: Iconic Christmas Illustrations by Thomas Nast and "The Civil War through the eyes of Thomas Nast" are a treasure. The gardens in the back of the home are dormant at this time but radiate with 65 heirloom roses pre=1920'a in the summer. A wisteria off the back porch was a gift of Commodore Perry to Mrs. Miller in 1857 and speaks to the importance of the family.

Macculloch Hall is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday from 1-3pm. Adults $8, seniors and students under 12 years $6. NARM members are free. It is a fantastic collection well worth seeing and enriched by very knowledge and passionate tour-guides.
Written December 11, 2015
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Kitsaattheshore
in NJ462 contributions
Couples
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.
Written June 4, 2012
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France
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When in bustling downtown Morristown any day from 9AM to 5PM, walk over two blocks from South Street to Macculloch Avenue in Morristown's Historic District and freely stroll through Macculloch Hall's beautiful gardens accessible by a gate on the right hand side. Or visit this classic Federal style mansion complete with an expansive collection of Thomas Nast's fascinating works, fine & decorative arts and rotating exhibits. Be sure to check their website for opening hours and calendar of events. And know that their knowledgeable staff is more than happy to accommodate group tours - large & small - by appointment!
Written April 13, 2019
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Susan P
Bloomfield, CT156 contributions
Couples
We throroughly enjoyed our visit this past weekend, especially talking with the volunteer archivist who focuses on the Mcculloch/Miller/Post family. My husband's dad and his brothers where the last family members to grow up here, so he was particularly interested in the family exhibit.
Written March 21, 2018
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CHEVAL80
Morristown, NJ31 contributions
Family
A mansion containing the Nast collection, period pieces, furniture, rugs, Nast cartoons, gardens in the heart of Morristown.
Written November 15, 2015
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jan m
28 contributions
Solo
There is a lot of gorgeous architecture in Morristown. Macculloch hall is a beautiful home and has been maintained with much of the original decor. There is a lot to look at and absorb. The docents have a huge amount of knowledge to share, and they do. It can be a bit overwhelming but definitely worth a visit.
Written March 16, 2015
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cstark7
Bayville, NY60 contributions
Couples
Very busy at Christmas but very interesting museum with local history and nice Nast exhibit, who was a very interesting person.
Written January 8, 2015
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NJWanders
34 contributions
Friends
Our visit started with a private, docent led group tour of the historic home decorated with period furniture and Christmas greenery. Our docent, Barbara, was a great guide, enthusiastic and knowledgeable; she brought the house and its history alive for us, holding our attention throughout the entire tour. The furnishings are not, for the most part, original to the Maccullough's but are still lovely and very interesting, from original presidential china to 1700's water clocks. Our tour spanned 90 interesting minutes, covered all 3 floors of the home, and included a history of the prominent Macculloch family. Following the tour, we explored the museum on our own. Exhibits included charming antique Christmas toys and pen and ink drawings from the museum's Thomas Nast collection, the largest collection of Nast’s original works in the United States. The collection had 2 main themes: the civil war and Christmas scenes of Santa and/or children. I was impressed with Nast's sense of humor which showed through in the Christmas scenes. In addition to allowing 90 minutes for the docent tour, I would recommend a minimum of 1 hour to tour the museum with more time if you plan to read the description of each drawing. The museum is open only 3 days a week. Admission is very inexpensive ($8 for adults, $6 for seniors and tour groups). Being winter, the large garden in the rear of the property was dormant. I plan to return in the spring to see the garden in bloom. Note: the house Thomas Nast inhabited while living in Morristown is across the street from Maccullough Hall. It is a private residence so there is no admittance but you can view the home from the sidewalk and read the sign about its historic designation.
Written December 17, 2014
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Netmouse R
Rockaway, NJ119 contributions
Solo
This was a well run historical home. The person giving the tour was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A wonderful hour to learn about famous people in the area.
Written August 18, 2014
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Macculloch Hall Historical Museum & Gardens is open:
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM