Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown

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Art Museum
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum preserves the history of the Macculloch-Miller families, the Morris area community, and the legacy of its founder W. Parsons Todd through its historic site, collections, exhibits, and educational and cultural programs.

Located in the heart of Morristown’s National Historic District, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is an 1810 house with period rooms, exhibit galleries and historic gardens, featuring a large collection of original artwork by 19th century caricaturist Thomas Nast. George Macculloch, a Scotsman born in Bombay, immigrated to America from London with his wife and two children in 1806. Settling in Morristown in 1810, Macculloch built a Federal-style brick mansion on a 26-acre gentleman’s farm. A businessman, scholar, and visionary, Macculloch is best known as the “father” of the Morris Canal, an international engineering marvel. Generations of the Macculloch family influenced education, economics, politics and cultural events of their day.

The “Old House,” as it was known to Macculloch’s descendants, was acquired by Morristown philanthropist W. Parsons Todd in 1949 to house his collections.

Today, the museum is renowned for its major collection of works by America’s leading 19th century political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, who lived across the avenue. Nast is known for popularizing the Republican Elephant, Democratic Donkey, and America’s image of Santa Claus.

An oasis within walking distance of the business district, the museum’s garden has many original plantings and landscape features, and displays seasonal blooms including numerous varieties of heirloom roses. The Garden Club of Morristown worked with Mr. Todd to revive the historic landscape in the 1950s, and still assists with its upkeep.

The museum’s three exhibit galleries complement ten period rooms furnished with fine English and American decorative arts. The museum offers a diverse schedule of changing exhibits, educational and public programs attended by thousands of visitors from throughout the United States.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Our group tour of Macculloch Hall was very informative and covered the history of the Macculloch and Miller families. The house has been restored due to a collection of original antiques by a benefact...  more »
  • Beautiful home of historic structure and special gardens. House museum with special collections of a former mayor and aristo. Small gift shop.  more »
  • toured the hall during the 2015 Holly Walk... Nicely surprised at the amount of history and its importance to NJ and our country! nicely decorated for the holidays and lots to learn! Worth the visit!!  more »
Google
  • Local and national history mixed in one beautiful 17th century home, a must for any local or visitor to the area. Their large exhibit changes every 4 months, and they always have some of their extensive collection of Thomas Nast on display. Staff is knowledgeable and kind, and their director very approachable. The 3 acre garden is beautiful all year round, and free every day of the week. Truly an underappreciated local slice of history.
  • The staff us excellent. Specially the manager
  • The garden is beautiful ! Great Museum to visit !
  • Great place to visit