Experience everyday American history where it happened.

Welcome to Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Morristown's Community Museum

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Newly arrived British immigrants George and Louisa Macculloch built Macculloch Hall in 1810. They expanded their Federal-style mansion in 1812 and 1819, tripling its size, as their family's prominence in local, state, and national affairs grew. Come explore the largest collection of original work of political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902), art, and American history where it happened.

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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

portrait of Mrs. Macculloch

Living, Learning, Working, Serving: The Women of Macculloch Hall

March 1, 2020-August 2, 2021

 

Thomas Nast popularized the contemporary image of Santa Claus through his publications in "Harpers Weekly," first using Santa Claus to honor the sacrifices made by the Union soldiers and their families during the Civil War. Nast drew influence from the German image of Saint Nicholas to create his depiction of Santa. "Merry Old Santa Claus" shows a jolly Santa, a bag of toys on his back and gifts under his left arm, smoking a long pipe. Garbed in his Santa suit with holly in his hat, he looks towards the viewer with a smile on his face.

All the Creatures Were Stirring, Even the Mouse! Thomas Nast’s Furry Christmas

November 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021

Music Family Photo 1

To You Who Were Strong

March 2020 - June 2021

 
 
 

Collections

Experience American and European fine and decorative art in a nineteenth-century local family's mansion. Explore the work of Thomas Nast (1840-1902), the "father of American political cartoons," who once lived just across Macculloch Avenue.

Historic Gardens

Once home to a 26-acre working farm, today our gardens are open daily FREE to the public. Enjoy MHHM's wisteria, given to the Macculloch family by Commodore Matthew Perry in 1857, and visit the second-oldest sassafras tree in New Jersey.

Open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Interactive Home Activities

Explore MHHM at home! Visit us online weekly for new things to do.  

 

Educational Programs

We're excited to learn with you! Join us for lectures on the collections by experts on Zoom. Explore our programs for life-long learners, children, school groups, and young adults.

Upcoming Events

Join us weekly on Facebook Live and Zoom. Our curators look forward to exploring Macculloch Hall Historical Museum with you online.

DISCOVER THE

STORIES OF MACCULLOCH HALL

Children's Room as displayed by W. Parsons Todd

Carpets from the Collection of W. Parsons Todd

Walking into Macculloch Hall in 1950, after it was purchased by our museum's founder W. Parsons Todd, you ...
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Children harvest potatoes at Macculloch Hall

Potatoes Past and Present

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! gardeners harvest potatoes at MMMH, August 2018 During summer 2018 MHHM grew potatoes ...
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White Cliffs by Alice Duer Miller

The White Cliffs and Macculloch Hall

Remember the song The White Cliffs of Dover? This was a beloved American pop song heard everywhere during ...
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Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909!!!

The Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909

107th Anniversary of Hudson-Fulton Earlier this month the 107th anniversary of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909 passed, without ...
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USS Brandywine: The Ship Lafayette arrived on

Lafayette’s Visit: Eyewitness to History

September is the birthday month of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution who ...
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Henry William Miller, Civil War Naval Hero

On June 10, 1857 two young Midshipmen graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis Henry William Miller ...
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