Washington’s Headquarters Museum
Washington’s Headquarters Museum - The Museum, designed by John Russell Pope, was completed in 1937 and serves as the focal point for visitors to the park. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you will find a 30 minute film and three exhibit galleries.
American Style Gallery - This gallery highlights the portion of the park’s collection focusing on domestic topics. Fashion, entertainment, and everyday tasks associated with the homes of wealthy families like the Fords are displayed in engaging and thought-provoking vignettes which call to mind the era of the colonial and revolutionary periods. Of note in this gallery is an iconic Gilbert Stuart portrait of Washington.
Military Life Gallery - This gallery highlights the portion of the park’s collection focusing on the military aspect of the Revolutionary War. War naturally involves competing armed forces and the employment of traditional and cutting-edge weaponry. Through exhibits covering the known and unknown aspects of the military contest between America and Britain, visitors learn about tactics, weapons, strategy, and camp life by a mixture of artifacts and narrative text. Of note in this gallery is a genuine Ferguson rifle and a British cannon captured at the Battle of Princeton.
The Lloyd Smith Gallery - This gallery highlights the portion of the park’s collection focusing on the significant bequest made by one of the park’s founding fathers, Lloyd W. Smith. Smith was a life-long collector and antiquarian who amassed a collection of over 300,000 manuscripts and rare books. The gallery currently offers a selection of pamphlets from the Smith collection which chronicles the beginning of the Revolution through to independence and beyond to commemoration. Of note in this gallery is a first edition of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” and “The Rights of Man” published as a single volume.
For more information about these galleries go to Morristown National Historical Park.