Life In New England 

The Wenham Museum currently stewards a diverse collection of approximately 45,000 artifacts. Bring the entire family to discover the treasures of childhood and explore how New Englanders have lived, worked, dressed and played from the 17th century to today at the Wenham Museum.

Our Diverse Collection 

Enjoy our world-famous doll and toy collection and delightful model train gallery. Learn from our historic costume, textile, and photograph collections. Step back in time with a self-guided visit of the circa 1690 Claflin-Richards House, then experience hands-on history in the Family Discovery Gallery.

Explore Our Collection


These galleries underwent a complete renovation to create an updated, flexible gallery space, and 21st-century museum experience for all visitors.

Please be aware that to facilitate the installation of this special exhibit, the permanent collections that were displayed in the first floor galleries, such as dolls, and most miniatures, are safely in storage.  We recognize that there are constituents with deep affinity for some of these objects.  If there is anything within the permanent collection that you would like to see, please reach out to our Visitor Services staff so they may connect you with the appropriate member of the collections and curatorial team.  They may be reached at or by phone at (978) 468-2377, ext. 113.  We are happy to continue to share our permanent collection during this time by appointment.

Again, we regret any inconvenience these changes in the gallery space may cause and we thank you for your support as we improve the museum experience for everyone in the museum’s multigenerational audience.  Thank You.

To learn more about the collection, explore the information below and plan your visit today.

Donate An Artifact 

If you are interested in donating an artifact to the collection, learn more.