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.


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 biennial 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.