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


Tour Morven’s Reimagined Historic Gardens

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

Next Garden Tour: July 26

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.

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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.


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.

** SOLD OUT **

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.


Stargazing at Morven

Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton Outreach Chair, Gene Allen will present “The Night Sky and Our Place in It” illustrated lecture followed by a stargazing event in Morven’s backyard.


Twilight Walking Tours

Last Thursday of each month: June 27 through September 26 at 7:00 p.m.
$10; Free for Friends of Morven

Next Twilight Tour: July 25

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


Victorian Pressed Flower Workshop

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.


Free Open Studio: Twilight Plein Air Painting

Wednesdays, August 7 through 28 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Free - Limited to 10 artists per evening

Capture the changing light as dusk falls over New Jersey’s most historic home. Morven’s facade, architectural details, and historic gardens make wonderful subjects.


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.


The “Not So Secret Garden” with the Cotsen Children’s Library

Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Morven Museum & Garden and the Cotsen Children’s Library are partnering to host activities, games, and take-home crafts galore, all related to the beauty of the botanical realm.


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


Smithsonian Museum Day: Baroque Music & Victorian Flowers at Morven

Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Morven is participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s national Museum Day, offering free admission to all Museum Day ticket holders. The days events include free admission to Morven, Victorian Pressed Flower Workshop, and concert performance by “Generations Baroque Ensemble”.


Tea/Tour/ & Take a Walk to Celebrate Richard Stockton’s 289th birthday

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

Celebrate Richard Stockton’s birthday with an enlightening walking tour through the Mercer Hill neighborhood featuring Stockton family landmarks with Wiebke Martens and Jennifer Jang, authors of Discovering Princeton: A Photographic Guide with Five Walking Tours. The authors have designed this special tour on Princeton’s rise and the Stockton family’s legacy just for Morven.

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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.


Committed to Memory: A Day with Dr. Cheryl Finley

Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m. for Tea/Tour/Talk
Tickets for afternoon talk only $10; Free for Friends of Morven
Tea/Tour/Talk: $27; $18 for Friends of Morven

6:30 p.m., doors open 6:00 p.m. for evening lecture
$20; $15 for Friends of Morven

Morven is honored to welcome Dr. Cheryl Finley of Cornell University  back to Princeton to share her extraordinary work and book Committed to Memory: The Art of the Slave Ship Icon


Painting Apples: Botanical Illustration Workshop with Robin Jess Celebrating Morven’s Legacy Fruit

Thursday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$65; $50 for Friends of Morven

In the 18th century, apple orchards were the pride and joy of the Stockton family at Morven. To honor that legacy, workshop participants will draw and paint apples with branches and fall leaves. The contrasting textures will provide many opportunities for learning wet on wet watercolor as well as drybrush techniques.


Historic Knitting Workshop with Callie Lasch

Saturday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$45; $30 for Friends of Morven

Inspired by the image of “Maggi knitting” in Morven’s Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. gallery, Callie Lasch, Founder of the Center for Knit & Crochet, has developed a day-long workshop including highlighted museum tour, lecture, and “making” experience focused on a knitting and crochet project to be donated to a local Veteran’s Hospital in honor of Veterans’ Day, along with a take-home item.


The Gift of Art: Robin Jess Botanical Illustration Workshop

Tuesday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$65; $50 for Friends of Morven

Create a small vignette painting of a wintry floral posy including holly, ivy, and mistletoe with NY Botanical Garden’s Robin Jess. Using classic botanical art watercolor techniques, create a noteworthy holiday decoration for your home or as a special gift.