The Main Gallery is designed with the goal to increase interest in the arts and learning. We present thought-provoking rotating exhibitions in the areas of arts, culture, science, and history, and nationally renowned talent along with the work of NJ artists. The exhibitions are curated by our Exhibitions Committee and through memberships with guest curators and national organizations.


Consider The Trees…
Pat Brentano

October 23 - November 6
& November 20 - January 8

Artist Statement 

Nothing is as it seems on first appearance. It takes time to shift from looking at trees in the landscape to seeing trees as part of a larger abstraction. Nature is not neat. It is tangled, dense and everchanging. Each tree has its own gesture reaching for the sun, and its own way of anchoring to the ground. I am drawn to the bare, broken branches projecting from the trunks of snags. The linear layering of limbs in winter are as visually exciting as the canopy of leaves that bloom in spring. Sometimes it’s a portrait of a single tree and other times it’s about the landscape of the forest.

As a child, I spent time climbing the maple tree in my front yard. I would sit up high in the branches like a bird looking down on the earth from a nest. Each season presented a different metaphor for my visual experience.

We must consider what trees do for the planet, and why we should be grateful for their gifts. Neighborhoods are appealing because of the mature trees in our yards. They shelter our homes from the winter wind and the heat of the summer. Their leaves break down putting necessary nitrogen back into the soil. They are our lungs and regulatory system for our climate. They give us oxygen, shade, food, shelter and absorb CO2. They help control water runoff and they feed and shelter wildlife. I hope my paintings are loud enough to stimulate the viewer to reconsider the beauty and  profound importance of trees to us and our environment.




This Holiday Season the Monmouth Museum Train Display will make its much anticipated return brought to you by Hackensack Meridian Health - Jersey Shore University Medical Center!

Our nostalgic display features 4 Lionel Trains winding through an over 30ft exhibit of towns, mountains, cities and more! Alongside the trains, the Main Gallery hosts our 20ft Holiday Tree and Pat Brentano’s show “Consider the Trees...”!


The Holiday Train Display is open November 19 - January 8!

The Nilson Gallery will showcase our holiday gift shop and artwork available for purchase from Museum Members!