Due to possible dangerous weather conditions, the Chocolate Tasting will be rescheduled for Friday, Febrary 13, 2015. The event will be held at the same time as originally scheduled from 7-10 pm.

Contact Jesse Gordon to purchase tickets, or for questions. jgordon.mmus@gmail.com


Museum Hours Change

by Gilda on January 23, 2015 · 0 comments

Due to expected bad weather, the museum will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, January 24. Instead, the museum will be open today, January 23, from 10-4 pm. Regular open hours will resume next week on Wednesday.


Limited Hours January 21, 2015

by Gilda on January 21, 2015 · 0 comments

Due to inclement weather, the museum will be open for limited hours today, from 9-12.


Chocolate Tasting Event at the Museum

by Gilda on January 14, 2015 · 0 comments

Join us at the Meadowlands Museum for the annual Chocolate Tasting Event! Sample locally-made chocolates from businesses in the area, tour the Museum, and enjoy a toast to an evening out!


Also joining us for some live music is The Eternal Frontier. The Eternal Frontier are a Steampunk, acoustical, musical duo.
Steam-minstrels Baron Von Zipple and Professor Adam Smasher play their guitars and sing Steampunk themed songs, both original and cover, for the amusement of one and all!


Check out them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eternal-Frontier/434048053373992?ref=hl

Adults $20, Members/Seniors $15, Students $10. There will be a surcharge for tickets purchased at the door.

To Reserve your Spot contact Jesse Gordon:
Office: 201-935-1175
Cell: 720-989-6735


Limited Open Hours: January 7, 2015

by Gilda on January 6, 2015 · 0 comments

In anticipation of bad weather tomorrow, the museum will be open from 11AM-3PM. Stay warm everyone!


Snow Day

by Gilda on January 3, 2015 · 0 comments

The museum will be closed for the remainder of the day today, Saturday, Jan. 3. We will re-open for regular hours on Wednesday.


Family Fun Day: January 3, 2015

by Gilda on December 30, 2014 · 0 comments

Snowman2Please join us for our next Family Fun Day, on January 3, 2015. It will be held at the museum, from 10AM-12:30PM. Cost is $7 per child, between the ages of 5 and 13. Adults and children under the age of 5 are free!

We will be making Currier & Ives inspired prints, fuzzy snowmen, and Snow Queen treasure boxes!


Thanks to the South Bergenite Newspaper for naming us the Person of the Year! What an amazing honor this is!



Holiday Closings

by Gilda on December 20, 2014 · 0 comments

The Meadowlands Museum will be closed on December 24, 2014 and December 31, 2014. However, we will be open on two alternate dates, from 10AM-4PM: December 23, 2014 and December 30, 2014.


Object of Month: Rocking Horse

by Gilda on December 6, 2014 · 1 comment

Rocking Horse

Meadowlands Museum Collection, 83.2.1rocking horse photo

By: Alex Russo

The rocking horse: one of the seminal toys of childhood. It has been around in one form or another for centuries. Crude toy horses have been around since 500 B.C.[1] appearing in places like Egypt, Rome and Greece. The Ancient Grecian variety of toy horse was the precursor to the popular “Hobby Horse”, featuring a stick as the body of the horse. [2] These toys were extremely popular, lasting in this design up until the 16th century when they developed into a “Barrel Horse”. This design was a log on four wooden legs, sporting a crude horse head.

It wasn’t until the 17th century that the toy horses took on the “deeply curved rocking base”.[3]

 Despite all of the aesthetic changes, the Rocking Horse was still not done undergoing transformations. The beloved children’s toy entered its heyday during the 18th century. They became works of art, lovingly handcrafted by inventors and artisans, moving away from the crude renderings of the past. At this time, dappled grey horses (as legend has it, Queen Victoria picked this exact model out, launching this model into immense popularity) on bow rockers were very much in style in affluent parts of Great Britain. They also flourished in parts of Germany and America until the middle of the 20th century.[4] Parents bought their young children these finely crafted toys in hope that they would help the child practice their balance for when they switched to the real deal (that is riding actual horses, of course).[5]

 By 1880, the Rocking Horse would undergo its last major aesthetic change. In Cincinnati, Phillip Marqua would invent and patent the “safety stand”. This put the Rocking Horses on a fixed, static stand while the horse only moves relative to the stand.[6] This innovation not only saved families on precious space in their homes, it quelled any fears of the little-ones fingers or toes getting caught under the big bow rockers of the rocking horses of yesteryear. This iteration of the Rocking Horse surpassed the Bow Rocker version far and wide, finding its way into nearly everyone’s home, and becoming the staple toy of innocent childhood amusement.[7]

 The Rocking Horse that the Meadowlands Museum is in possession of is a beautiful dappled grey horse, slightly worn with age. The horse has a tan saddle seat, green velvet saddle skirt, two stirrups and sits on a static spring, metal base. The company McKee & Harrington of Lyndhurst, NJ, produced the horse. McKee & Harrington was the premier manufacturing companies in the area at the time, helping to usher in the Industrial Revolution. They were most notable for producing bicycles, baby carriages and rocking horses.[8] The exact date that the rocking horse was made is not known, but from the appearance of the horse suggests that it was made in the late 1880’s.


[1] “The History of Rocking Horses.” Last Modified 2005. http://www.rockinghorses.com/rocking-horses/history-rocking-horses.php

[2] “The History of Rocking Horses.”

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] “History of Rocking Horses.” Last Modified 2011. http://www.legendsrockinghorses.co.uk/history.shtml

[6] “History of Rocking Horses.”

[7] Ibid.

[8] “Lyndhurst History.” http://www.westfieldnj.com/whs/history/lyndhurst.htm

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