Morven Museum & Garden

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events at Morven

To register for programs, click the associated links or call our shop during open hours, Wednesday - Sunday from 10:00 am. - 4:00 p.m. at 609.924.8144 ext. 103

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Plein Air Painting in the Gardens

Wednesdays, May 8 - June 12 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$215; $190 for members of ACP and Friends of Morven

Participants will discover the quality of natural light (and how it changes during the session), explore how color can define forms, learn how to represent natural colors, and experiment with brush strokes and creating textures.  Instruction is geared toward beginner/intermediate skill levels but all levels welcome.


Victorian Pressed Flower Workshop

Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ** SOLD OUT **
Saturday, July 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

$25; $15 for members of Morven

Spend an afternoon as Victorian women, such as Harriet Stockton might have, and create pressed flower art surrounded by historic garden with Morven’s Curator of Education Debra Lampert-Rudman.


Peony Extravaganza: Botanical Illustration Workshop in Morven’s Gardens with NYBG’s Robin Jess

Thursday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ** Two Spots Remaining **
$65; $50 Friends of Morven

Morven is delighted to welcome Robin A. Jess, former Executive Director of the American Society of Botanical Artists and Coordinator of The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Program, for a day-long workshop filled with the scent and color of Morven’s historic peonies.


Peony Tea Party

Tuesday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. ** One Spot Remaining **
$35; $25 for Friends of Morven

Celebrate Morven's glorious garden and historic peonies with an afternoon of flowers, food, and fun. Enjoy a catered afternoon tea, garden walk and brief talk by Morven’s Horticulturist Pam Ruch exploring “peony myths” while sporting your favorite garden party finery, if you so choose.


Tour Morven’s Reimagined Historic Gardens

Fridays starting June 7 at 11:00 a.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Enjoy a 45-minute tour of what's in bloom in Morven’s  reimagined gardens! Garden guides will share how the house and gardens evolved under each family that resided at Morven.


Talking Baseball with Bob Ryan & Art Shamsky moderated by Bill Glovin

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open 7:00 p.m.
$20; $15 for members

‘69 Mets World Series winning baseball star Art Shamsky and ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” celebrity journalist Bob Ryan share professional baseball highlights and insights with noted New Jersey sportswriter Bill Glovin.

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Inside Early New Jersey BaseBall with historian John Zinn

Saturday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Doors open 1:30 p.m.
$15; $10 for members

Discussion and Q&A with vintage baseball historian and co-curator of Morven’s baseball exhibition. Museum galleries open before and until 4:00 p.m. following program.


Summer Landscape Painting at Morven with Charles Viera

Tuesdays, June 18 through July 23, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Morven and its historic gardens are enticing subjects for Charles Viera’s 6-week workshop which includes demonstrations, group and individual critiques. Open to students of all levels working in all media.


BaseBall Movie night & vintage Game Weekend

Movie: Friday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m., Doors open 6:30 p.m.
$15 per family; $10 for member families
Families can be 2 adults and all children under 18 from the same household

Vintage Baseball Game: Saturday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Free and Open to the Public

Join us for a special weekend celebrating Morven’s exhibition New Jersey Baseball: From the Cradle to the Major Leagues, 1855–1915.


Tea/TOur/Talk: The Stocktons and the War at the Jersey Shore

Wednesday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for talk only $10; Free for Friends of Morven
Tea/Tour/Talk: $27; $18 for Friends of Morven

Morven Docent Joe Wroblewski presents a closer look at one of Richard Stockton’s most debated decisions of the Revolutionary War: heading east to Freehold, NJ when the British were approaching Princeton.


Twilight Walking Tours

Last Thursday of each month: June 27 through September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Travel throughout the grounds surrounding the museum exploring Morven's architecture, garden, outbuildings, old and new, to view Morven in a new light.

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Drawing the Garden at Morven Museum & Garden

Wednesdays, July 10 through July 31, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

$170; $145 for members of either ACP or Morven Museum & Garden

Learn to draw herbs, flowers, and trees in Morven’s beautiful gardens with artist instructor Dressler Smith. Students at all skill levels will enjoy this four-week mini-course starting with introductory pencil drawing and ending with methods to add color.

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What Does it Mean to be an American? A Community Conversation

Friday, July 12 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public (space limited)

Morven is honored to collaborate with the National Writing Project and Rider University for a screening of the film American Creed and a community conversation on what it means to be an American.  

View of Morven from the Southwest , signed W. L., dated 1840. Historical Society of Princeton.

View of Morven from the Southwest, signed W. L., dated 1840. Historical Society of Princeton.


Tea/Tour/and Curator Talk on Annis Boudinot Stockton

Wednesday, July 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for talk only $10; Free for Friends of Morven
Tea/Tour/Talk: $27; $18 for Friends of Morven

Morven’s Deputy Director and Curator Elizabeth Allan shares insights into one of Morven’s first residents, and one of America’s first female published poets, Annis Boudinot Stockton, celebrating her birthday (July 1, 1736)  in this lively afternoon illustrated lecture and Q&A. Ticket include same day admission into the museum.


The Color Line on the Baseball Diamond

Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Join historian and film producer Dr. Lawrence Hogan, Negro league’s last team Captain of the Kansas City Monarchs and All Star James Robinson, and poet Kevin Kane for a multifaceted presentation on the complex relationships in “Blackball” during America’s era of segregation.


Camp Morven

Now in it’s second year, Morven partners with the Arts Council of Princeton to present four weeks of Summer Camp in August. Below find a list of Camps available this summer at Morven:

  • Teen Arts Studio: Botanical Art and Architecture (ages 13 - 16)

  • Art of Nature (ages 5 - 9)

  • Art of Sports (ages 5 - 9)

  • Encampment: The Art of the American Revolution (ages 5 - 9)


Baseball’s Outsiders: Race and Gender in the Early Years

Saturday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Doors open 1:30 p.m.
$15; $10 for Friends of Morven

In the 1890’s daring “bloomer girls” played baseball while the National Association of Base Ball Players rejected African Americans from playing in their leagues despite more than 200 black teams formed around the country after the Civil War. Join Dr. Leslie Heaphy for an enlightening afternoon highlighting both women’s baseball before 1915 and 19th century black baseball in New Jersey.


Girl Scouts Badge Workshops

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday, September 14: Bugs Girl Scout Badge Workshop - Brownies
Saturday, September 14: Scribe Girl Scout Badge Workshop - Juniors
Saturday, September 14: Flowers Girl Scout Badge Workshop - Juniors

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History, Tragedy, and Comedy: The Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field

Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open 6:00 p.m.
$15; $10 for Friends of Morven

Baseball historian John Zinn brings little-known baseball lore to light (what were they ‘dodging’ in Brooklyn?) expanding on details featured in Morven’s exhibition. Mr. Zinn’s book available for purchase and signing separately following discussion.