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


November 4, 2017 – May 6, 2018

DiG THiS.. and BUiLD THAT!

Thompson Gallery

See and touch everything from architecture and autos to books and blocks in our latest exhibit!

Featuring original illustrations from Virginia Lee Burton’s classic 1939 book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, and antique toys from the museum’s collection, we have it all when it comes to construction: vehicles, building blocks, Erector Sets, puzzles, LEGOs, and more! There are also original illustrations by two current artists: Chris Van Dusen’s books If I Built a House and If I Built a Car, and Brian Lovelock’s books Roadwork, Construction, and Demolition.

Plus, dig out some toys and materials to create your own constructions right in the gallery! Get on a digger and move stones in the pit, put together amazing creations from Lincoln Logs, building blocks, LEGOs, and more, and try your hand at building a book to take home with you!



 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.  




 Opening in Late May 2018 

Highlights from Our Textile Collection

West Gallery

In celebration of the museum’s 95th birthday this year, our upcoming exhibition will feature the top 95 objects from the museum’s collection including amazing clothing and objects from our textile collection.  95 Years Young opens at the end of May.