Morse Museum Announces Holiday Offerings

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Madonna and Child, c. 1890, from Tiffany Glass Company

For this year’s holiday season, the Morse Museum has adjusted its holiday offerings to include free admission Fridays, family content uploaded to its “Create and Explore” webpage, and a three-day holiday celebration. At present, and planned through December, public Museum and Museum Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The Morse remains closed on Sundays. Advance appointments are required to visit the Museum, and new visitor guidelines have been implemented.

For four consecutive Fridays during the holidays (November 27 through December 18), appointments to visit the Museum will be free. Appointments must be made in advance and are available, space permitting, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Online on the Museum’s “Create and Explore” page, new family content will be launched on Wednesday, November 25. The online activities will center around the Museum’s acquisition of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s fireplace hood, which will be installed in October.

From Tuesday, December 22 through Thursday, December 24, appointments to visit the Museum will be free. From noon to 3 p.m., live music in the galleries will enhance and uplift the visitor experience during this special three-day holiday celebration. Appointment times are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all three days, and space is limited.

Please note that on-site lectures, art demonstrations, Museum tours, and other in-person programs as well as social events are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. These works include the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago as well as surviving art and architectural elements from Laurelton Hall, his grand Long Island estate.

On view now, the exhibit Rare and Remarkable—Art Pottery of Louis Comfort Tiffany is completely drawn from the Morse Museum’s collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s pottery, the largest public collection in the world. Telling a deeper story of ceramics in America during the early 1900s, the Tiffany pottery show is augmented by the Museum’s major exhibition Earth into Art—The Flowering of American Art Pottery, which provides the context of the turn-of-the-century American art pottery craze.

Morse Museum Exterior

The Morse Museum is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All visits are by appointment only. Appointments may be made online by visiting the Museum’s “Plan Your Visit” page or by calling (407) 644-1429. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. More information may be found on the Museum’s website, morsemuseum.org.

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Morse Museum Reopening July 8

Morse Museum Exterior

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8. Public Museum and Museum Shop hours, however, have been temporarily restricted to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. At this time, the Morse will remain closed on Sundays. The Museum has been temporarily closed since March due to the coronavirus. New guidelines for visiting the Museum have been implemented to ensure a safe reopening.

To reduce direct personal contact, and to maintain recommended physical distancing, the Morse Museum has developed an appointment system for visitors to reserve a time slot prior to their visit.

All those planning to visit the Museum are asked to make an appointment in advance of their visit. The last available appointment is at 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Beginning July 8, appointments may be made by visiting morsemuseum.org/plan-your-visit or by calling (407) 644-1429 during operating hours.

For the safety of both visitors and staff, the Morse has instituted new guidelines:

  • If you feel at all unwell, please postpone your visit and contact the Museum to arrange a new appointment time.
  • Please wear a face covering during your visit. Masks are available at the Visitor Services desk.
  • Please do not touch anything in the Museum except the object guides available in each gallery.
  • Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet (preferably ten feet) from others throughout your visit.
  • Please sanitize your hands at the sanitizing stations in the lobby and just before leaving the galleries to enter the Museum Shop.

The Morse has created these guidelines to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible and to comply with local and state health recommendations.

For all those who would like to continue to visit the Museum virtually from home, the Morse offers many opportunities. The Morse Museum’s website includes online activities, videos, and an audio tour.

Please note that all on-site lectures, music presentations, art demonstrations, and other in-person programs as well as social events are canceled or postponed until further notice.

The Morse Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American designer and artist Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), including the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and art and architectural objects from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. The Museum’s holdings also include American art pottery, late 19th- and early 20th-century American paintings, graphics, and decorative art.

Located at 445 N. Park Avenue, the Museum is owned and operated by the Charles Hosmer Morse Foundation and receives additional support from the Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation. It receives no public funds.

For more information call (407) 645-5311 or visit the museum’s website at morsemuseum.org.

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