Education & Family Programs


MHHM Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow with the Assumption School_Image Courtesy of Stan Freeny

Education & Family Programs:

Programs are available both at the Museum and in your classroom. Programs at the Museum are scheduled by appointment and run from 1 to 2 hours. Please register in advance for all programs by contacting the Museum Educator. April, May, and June dates are popular and should be scheduled a minimum of two months in advance. On-site programs have a 50-student-per-day limit.

Pre-School Programs:

Growing in the Garden, a Pre-school program for 3-5 year olds and their caregivers, meets twice a month year-round (except for January). Children are read a story, have a guided walk through the garden, and create an art project. Program meets 1:15-2:00pm and 3:45-4:30pm. Pre-registration is required.

December 1 – Hoot of a Time

December 15 – Who is in the Pear Tree?

February 2 – For the Birds

February 16 – It’s in the Waeve

October 20 – Look Up, Look Down; Autumn Colors All Around

March 1 – Herb in the House

March 15 – Flowers: Penciled and Stenciled

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum_Lunch with the Librarian_courtesy of Stan Freeny_1

Lunch with the Librarian returns Wednesdays in August and September at 12 noon. FREE. Pre-school children and their caregivers are encouraged to bring lunch and enjoy stories under the Museum’s magnificent beech tree. Please enter the garden through the side gate. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held in the MHHM’s Center Hall. In partnership with the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

Girl and Boy Scout Programs:

We offer Girl Scout programs for Juniors, Brownies and Daisies through the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. Please contact the Museum Educator for details.

Spring Girl Scout programs are available.  For more information:  Girl Scout Fall Flyer

Architecture: Past and Present – Tuesday, April 12th, 4:30-6:30pm; Saturday, April 30th, 2:30-4:30 pm; Tuesday, May 10th, 4:30-6:30pm; Tuesday, May 31st, 4:30-6:30pm.

Boy Scouts working on the Architecture Merit Badge can explore the 19th century built environment at Macculloch Hall and the surrounding historic neighborhood. Activities include a walking tour and building challenges which meet the requirements for the Architecture Merit Badge. Limited to 20 participants. $10 per Scout; $5 per adult.

Webelos can learn how New Jersey’s geography has influenced its history while earning their Geography Belt Loop and Academics Pin. For more information, please see: Cub Scout and Webelos Fall Geography

Homeschool Series:

Walking Through the Secret Garden – Activities at Macculloch Hall and its garden are based on chapters in The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Programs meet 10:00am-noon or 1:00-3:00pm.

Tuesday, February 23rd: Chapters 1-6; Tuesday, March 22nd: Chapters 7-12; Tuesday, April 26th: Chapters 13-20; Tuesday, May 24th: Chapters 21-27.

Family Programs:

Abraham Lincoln Remembered– Come learn about Lincoln’s February 1861 Whistle-stop journey from his home in Springfield, IL to Washington, D.C. Monday, February 15th, 10:00am-11:30, 1:00-2:30pm or 3:30-5:00pm. Pre-registration required.

Art Underfoot: A Children’s Tour-Tour Antique Carpets Through the Eyes of W. Parsons Todd with MHHM’s Museum Educator. Program concludes with an art making project. Sunday, March 13th, 2:00-4:00pm and Wednesday, March 23rd, 10:00am-12:00pm. Pre-registration required.

Arbor Day Program for Homeschool Families– Come celebrate Arbor Day in MHHM’s historic gardens! Learn about the life cycle of a tree, go on a tree scavenger hunt and make art. Friday, April 29th, 1:00-4:00pm. Pre-registration required.

Family Activities for National Public Gardens Day– MHHM joins other local gardens in partnership with the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Rain Bird to promote environmental awareness and encourage exploration of public gardens. FREE. Friday, May 6th, 2:00-5:00pm. Pre-registration required.

Contact the Museum Educator for details.

School Programs:

Thomas Nast School Programs – This new program series follows iconic American cartoonist Thomas Nast’s career from an up-and-coming artist with passion and courage, to an experienced political cartoonist who used his talent to influence public opinion over national issues in post-Civil War America:

Civil War School Programs – the Museum offers several interactive programs that focus on the lives of George Macculloch’s three grandsons who served in the Union Army and Navy during dramatic and critical moments during the war and Reconstruction:

For classes or groups wishing to schedule use of the historic gardens as an outdoor classroom, please contact the museum office for availability, (973)538-2404, ext. 11

To schedule school programs, contact Museum Educator Cynthia Winslow (973)538-2404, ext. 16.