Exhibits

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

The Mahwah Museum and Donald Cooper Model Railroad will be closed for the Summer after June 21, 2017. We will reopen in September, 2017. The Old Station Museum and Caboose will be open June 25, 2017- September 2017 Sundays 2-4 pm.

June 21, 2017 will be the last day to see these two exhibits.

We are featuring two exhibits for the 2016-2017 season, “Mahwah’s Herstory” and “Medicine in Mahwah”.

The Mahwah Museum is located at 201 Franklin Turnpike, Mahwah, NJ 07430.

Admission to the museum is $5, free for museum members.

The first exhibit, “Mahwah’s Herstory: The Changing Roles of Women in Mahwah’s History”, examines the role of women in Mahwah’s history, starting with its first settler, Blandina Bayard, and continuing through to 1960. It highlights women’s activities, including  pioneering and farming, changing roles in the workforce, and women’s accomplishments in the arts, in charitable organizations and in social reforms.

Our second exhibit, “Medicine in Mahwah”, highlights the history of medicine in Mahwah. It examines the growth and development of the medical field with highlights on Mahwah’s practitioners, their methods, and instruments throughout various periods.

The Museum is open for the 2016-2017 season featuring, aside from our new exhibits, our permanent exhibits: Les Paul in Mahwah and The Donald Cooper Model Railroad, which is open weekends ONLY 1-4 pm.   The Museum is open weekends and Wednesdays from 1-4 pm.; admission is $5 for non-members; members and children are free.

Permanent exhibits:

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad

The Museum’s Donald Cooper Railroad is an operating HO-Scale model railroad with many trains traveling between levels and on different routes. Centralized electronic switches allow the operator to control the entire layout from the DCC central control panels. The railroad yard is fully functional allowing operators to make up trains and dispatch them to their own destinations. The four-level high layout has three independent scenic modules that are constantly changing, as well as a trolley, a subway system, logging station, waterfall, roundhouse and turntable. We invite engineers of all ages to come and visit our ever-changing and growing railroad world. The Donald Cooper Model Railroad is open weekends ONLY October-June from 1-4 p.m. For information about joining the train crew, please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099

Les Paul in Mahwah

The Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring Les Paul which allows visitors to learn the essential facts of Les Paul’s life and career.  It has sections on his inventions and innovations, a display of one-of-a-kind precious guitars made especially for Les, and a recreation of the studio in which Les did his work.  Learn how this creative genius transformed rock, country and jazz music. See how he and Mary performed for their weekly radio show from their home in Mahwah.

Township Model

Our 1/6000 scale site contour model of Mahwah illustrates three periods using fiber optic lights. The 1700 to 1800 period shows historical Revolutionary War routes, old grist mills, and Indian sites. The 1800 to 1900 period shows the development of roads and railroads as well as businesses, schools, churches, and residential developments. The 1900 to Present period highlights additional transportation systems, including NJ Rapid Transit (Trolley), as well as the burgeoning business and industry of Mahwah.

The Mahwah Museum receives operating support from the New Jersey Historical Commission in the Department of State.