Museum Closed Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019

The Mahwah Museum will be closed Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019 due to the anticipated winter storm, to ensure the safety of our visitors and docents.

The DCMRR is always closed on Wednesday’s.

The Mahwah Museum will return to normal operating hours (1-4 PM) on Saturday Feb. 23, 2019.

Thank you for understanding, please stay safe and warm.

Jazz Guitar Workshop- With Frank Vignola

Jazz Guitar Workshop with Frank Vignola

Join Jazz Guitar Master Frank Vignola, for an all-day Jazz Guitar Workshop, exploring and discussing jazz guitar, chord development, improvisation and techniques!  The workshop will be held at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430, on Saturday, March 9, 2019  and will run from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The workshop will conclude with a private performance for the students by Vignola The $85.00 cost includes take-home materials, lunch, and a two-year museum membership.  Students are asked to bring a guitar (acoustic or archtop, preferably, as amplifiers will be limited) to the workshop.

About the workshop: Bring your guitar and be ready to play all day.

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced players are welcome.  Because this is primarily a jazz guitar workshop, all attendee’s should know a major 7th, dominate 9th, and minor 7th chord, as well as be able to play a few songs.  Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.

A repertoire of 10 standards will be provided to each participant via email prior to the workshop.

Frank leads the class through warm-up exercises that could be incorporated into your daily practice routine. He also leads the group through the repertoire of the 10 songs sent to all in advance of the workshop. Frank will also discuss the importance of melody and how to take the melody of a song, spice it up a bit, and create an improvised solo

Guitarists tend to think in positions and specific registers of the guitar but we need to get out of the box!  Frank will explore how you can take something as basic as an arpeggio or chord tones and expand it to cover the entire fretboard, and how to integrate this way of thinking into your practice and performance.

For further information, please contact

Advanced registration and payment is required.  Space is limited to fifteen students, so please register early.  To register, by mail please send a check payable (for the full amount, $85.00) to Mahwah Museum, to: Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ  07430.

To register online via PayPal, please click here. 

Instructor Bio:

“Acoustic Guitar Music like you’ve never heard before!”

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. His stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O Connor, the Boston Pops, the New York Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul, who named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitarists List” for the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.


This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Les Paul Foundation and is hosted by the Mahwah Museum Society Inc.

Gallery Talk- The DCMRR, a Look Back in Time

Gallery Talk
Bob Adler-The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, a Look Back in Time

On Sunday March 31, 2019 at 1:15 p.m.  Bob Adler, chairperson of the Donald Cooper Model RR committee and Mahwah Museum Trustee, will present a gallery talk about how the DCMRR came to find its permanent home as an exhibit at Mahwah Museum. This talk will take place in the train room, downstairs at Mahwah Museum. Seating is limited; advanced reservations are recommended. To reserve, email or call 201.512.0099. Gallery talks are free with museum admission.

All Aboard for a Gallery Talk covering the beginnings of the Donald Cooper Model Railroad exhibit at the Mahwah Museum!  See the railroad in its original form before moving to the museum.  I Think I Can, I Think I Can lay out some facts on how it has transitioned from a 13’x9’ layout to its current 13’x28’ DCC-powered operating railroad.  Conducted by Bob Adler who engineered this transition, the talk will be coupled with your admission into the museum.  Keep track of the date and time- Sunday, March 31 beginning at 1:15pm in the layout room. During the 45-minute talk, the railroad will be on the siding, not operating. Reservations for the gallery talk are recommended by contacting the museum by phone or on our website so that we may gauge the number of visitors.  If you’ve noticed at least five train references in this paragraph, you’re our kind of visitor!

This gallery talk is hosted by Mahwah Museum, located at 201 Franklin Turnpike Mahwah, NJ 07430.  The Museum is currently featuring the exhibits Kilmer: The Man Kilmer: The War Years, and WWI Part I and WWI Part II. Permanent exhibits are Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends 1-4 pm. The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission $5 for non-members, members and children are free. Visit or call 201-512-0099 for information on events, membership and volunteering.

Visit the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open on weekends ONLY. The DCMRR is CLOSED on Wednesday’s.

Admission to the DCMRR is included with admission to the museum. Admission is $5.00 for non-members 17+, members and children are free.

**Please note: We cannot process credit or debit cards inside the museum.***

Get on board with the Donald Cooper Model Railroad!  A four-level-high, DDC- controlled model train layout  has something for every size, child or adult.  The layout honors the importance of the railroad in Mahwah’s development and history!

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad continues to entertain children of all ages with seven trains running at a time. Adults and children delight as they watch over the four layers of the railroad, seeing the many wonderful things that are made possible only by the assistance of trains! As the passenger cars make their way through the Amtrak stops and the subway stations, and mine workers wait for their lumber load to arrive, thirty-car coal trains take large sweeping curves as they climb the grades of the two-track main mahwah5mahwah2line!

The Blue Main Line sits between the lower level and the large freight yard and passenger terminal. You can find either passenger or freight trains making their way along the rocky cliffs that identify this line. Trains coming from Union Station or the freight yard must enter this line before heading down the connector track to the large lower level main line.

Come visit our railroad to see it in action. See also our collection of Lionel “O” Gauge trains representing railroads all across the country and all types of locomotives.

This exhibit was made possible through the generous donations of Renee and Ebrima Darboe of Mahwah, New Jersey and the Margolis family of Ramsey, New Jersey.

Admission to the railroad is included in your admission to the museum. If you are interested in model railroading, we would welcome you as a member of our crew. The requirements are a love of the hobby, being twelve years of age or older, and becoming a member of the Mahwah Museum Society. If you have any questions please click here to email our train crew or call 201.512.0099 and leave a message for the train crew.

Please note: The DCMRR is NOT open on Wednesdays, it is NOT a train ride and it is NOT a free train display. The DCMRR is a permanent exhibit at Mahwah Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 Sept-June.



Are you a train buff? The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is one of our most popular permanent exhibits. The layout is a favorite stop for children of all ages. For more information about how to volunteer with the DCMRR crew please click here.

Help Support the Mahwah Museum with Amazon Smile!

If you’re doing some shopping on, please consider using the Amazon Smile program and donating part of your purchase to the Mahwah Museum! Amazon Smile is a program run by the online retailer, Amazon, which will automatically donate 0.5% of your purchases to the charity you select. It costs you (and the charitable organizations) nothing, and it’s just like shopping on Amazon normally, but you get to do a world of good.
The Mahwah Museum is part of the Amazon Smile program and with a few simple steps, the 0.5% of your purchases made on Amazon can be donated to the Museum… which will in turn be used in the upkeep and running of our facility, new exhibits, programs, lectures, gallery talks, and all of the things that make the Mahwah Museum an integral part of the community.
To start donating,  you simply visit, go to your account settings, and change your charity to The Mahwah Museum. It’s just like shopping on Amazon—only you get to support your favorite charity without doing anything extra (not even donating time or effort).