NEW EXHIBIT: Bunny Tales
April 7, 2018 – October 2018


May 26, 2018 – Fall 2018

95 Years Young!
Favorites from the Museum’s Collection

First Floor Galleries

In celebration of the Wenham Museum’s 95th anniversary, come and explore the best of the museum’s permanent collections. Historic Wenham Lake ice tools, archival materials, military history, rare textiles, quilts, model railroads, dolls, toys, and miniatures dating from the 1600s through the present day are on display. This retrospective exhibition encompasses the museum’s entire first floor galleries and shares local stories about family life and the childhood experience, community, citizenship, service, and justice.

The exhibition also includes the museum’s best-loved hands-on interactive components for children. These interactives are inspired by our collection and include a Wenham Lake ice house with “real” blocks of ice, a climb-on steam locomotive, a climb-on car, building tools, and dress-up and dramatic play.



 April 7, 2018 – September 2018 


Family Discovery Gallery

We’ll learn about the world around us through this hands-on exhibit inspired by classic bunny-themed picture books. Pretend to be a bunny and sit in a rabbit burrow like the Runaway Bunny, discover colors with Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, garden and explore vegetables with Peter Rabbit, practice yoga with Yoga Bunny, and learn about measuring with Guess How Much I Love You?

All of the hands-on learning activities in Bunny Tales are derived from the Preschool Early Learning Guidelines created by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and highlight learning areas such as language, mathematics, physical movement, and the arts.

Curatorial support for this exhibit was provided by Early Childhood Partners, which is funded by the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement (CFCE) grant that serves Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester and Essex. The CFCE grant is awarded by the Department of Early Education and Care and a partner with the Brain Building In Progress initiative.

Thank You to Ken and Jean Jones of Wenham, Massachusetts for their support of the Family Discovery Gallery.  



June 15, 2018 – September 22, 2018 

Valerie Weigand McCaffrey: Landscapes – Out of My Mind and Into Yours

Burnham Hall

This spectacular exhibit is a retrospective of landscape paintings created by Valerie McCaffrey over the past two decades. Her style is deceptively naïve – visitors might correctly be reminded of Grandma Moses. However, take a second – or third, or fourth – look and you will see that her exuberant use of color, her idiosyncratic use of scale and perspective (or not), and touches of humor make these paintings worth a good, long stare. Although they are all landscapes, the paintings depict a wide variety of subjects, and the bright, cheerful, contemporary compositions are a wonderful complement to the museum’s other summer offerings, 95 Years Young, a retrospective celebration of the museum’s whole collection, 95 years in the making, and Bunny Tales, the hands-on exhibit in our Family Discovery Gallery exploring all the books about bunnies.


September 28, 2018 – Autumn 2019

Colonel Timothy Pickering:  A Practical and Scientific Farmer

Pickering Library

Col. Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) was a soldier, politician, and a scientist, but his greatest passion was for agriculture. He fulfilled a life-long dream when he purchased his Wenham, Massachusetts farm in 1806, which he farmed for more than 20 years. His legacy of promoting scientific methods in breeding animals, growing crops and promoting agriculture generally led him to found the Essex Agricultural Society, which today runs the Topsfield Fair. This is the first exhibit in the museum’s newly renovated Pickering Library, named for Col. Pickering himself.


November 10, 2018 – February 24, 2019 

Train Time:  Hogwarts Express

Family Discovery Gallery

Our biannual tradition continues with Hogwarts Castle and Hogsmeade Village coming to life in LEGO bricks, complete with the Hogwarts Express traveling through the village and right to the castle! This spectacular layout was designed and built by Doug Bowker with help from Yashi Bolishetti, bringing the magical world to the Wenham Museum. Marvel at the creative details that Doug and Yashi included and role play the characters from the Harry Potter books as you dress up and play Wizard’s Chess! Keep an eye on the museum’s website and social media for the date of our Potter Party, where you can get sorted into your house and then take a potions class!


 November 13, 2018 – February 23, 2019 

Out After Dark

West Gallery

When stepping out to the opera or a ball, you wouldn’t want to sling a parka over your evening dress.  In West Gallery we have gathered a selection from our collection of evening wraps, capes and jackets. From lush velvets to sculptural satin and sparkling sequins, any of these pieces would be perfect for a formal night on the town.