Exhibits at Mahwah Museum

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The Donald Cooper Model RR is now CLOSED for the Summer and will reopen in September, 2019.

Mahwah Museum is now CLOSED for the Summer.
Thank you to everyone who visited us this year, who supported us through our lectures and gallery talks, and of course to those who enjoyed our special events and Jazz workshops, we are so glad they are such a success because of you all! We hope you will stop by next year to visit with us again and enjoy everything we have to offer!
We will reopen in September 2019 with three new exhibits highlighting the 50th anniversary of Ramapo College’s creation, Palisades Park Amusement Park and, Mahwah’s 75th anniversary, since its split from Ho-Ho-Kus Township.
Please check back in the fall for more information about these upcoming exhibits.



Permanent exhibits:

The Donald Cooper Model Railroad

Now CLOSED for the Summer.

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 now CLOSED for the Summer. For information about joining the train crew, please email railroad@mahwahmuseum.org or call 201-512-0099.

Please note: the DCMRR is not a free train display (admission is free only for members of the museum) and it is not a train ride.

Les Paul in Mahwah

Now CLOSED for the Summer.

Mahwah Museum has a small permanent exhibit featuring some Les Paul history  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 re-creation 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 Ford performed for their weekly radio show from their home in Mahwah.


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