NEW EXHIBIT: Artsy Animals
December 8, 2018 – March 2019


December 8, 2018 – March 2019

Artsy Animals by New England Illustrators

Thompson Gallery

Explore Artsy Animals, which features all kinds of animals created by five distinguished New England children’s book illustrators – from bugs to bears and slithery snakes to alligators with an appetite! Works in the exhibit were created by Mary Newell DePalma, Ed Emberley, Giles LaRoche, Scott Magoon, and Matt Tavares.

Some of the artists envisioned a funny world where dogs can join a swim team and alligators teach the alphabet, while others show us the beautifully real world where animals build their homes and dogs become our best friends and helpers. No matter what direction the story goes, all of the artists drew inspiration from the animals around us. Many of the pieces have never been shown publicly, so this is a rare opportunity to see first-hand what goes into making a book come to life!

As always, there will be plenty of hands-on opportunities in the gallery, including a chance to go inside a beaver lodge, make your own artsy animals that can become part of the exhibit, and make crazy animals on our puzzle board!

All five artists will be at the museum on Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 3 pm for a book signing (snow date December 16)!  This is a great opportunity to meet these renowned artists and get signed copies of books that are sure to be family heirlooms.


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.




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.