Things To Do


Activities and Programs Bring Exhibits and Collections to Life

Museum exhibits and collections are brought to life through a full schedule of activities and programs. All ages are engaged, entertained, and enlightened by special family programs, such as craft making, art, colonial life activities, musical performances, and more.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Fairy Festival

Saturday, July 15, 2019 
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Rain or Shine
$7 for Members
$14 for Nonmembers
Buy Tickets Online >>


Tickets include Museum Admission and all Festival activities except Fairy Portraits.  **The museum is open for this special event only and will close at 2:00 p.m.**

Learn more & view the Schedule of Events on our Fairy Festival Page >>

Join us for this annual celebration of art, music, movement, nature, stories, and children’s fairy tale fun as we welcome summer to the museum!  This day of activities will send your little elves and fairies alight as they sing and dance with Karen K & The Jitterbugs, learn about nature with The Caterpillar Lab, and create their own treasures to take home.  Fairy portraits are also available through Tracey Westgate Photography.

Fairy, elf, and magical attire encouraged–wear your favorites from home or borrow some of our fairy wings and costumes!  Bring a picnic lunch to eat at our enchanted toadstool tables.

This popular event is inspired by the museum’s collection of historic children’s picture books and fairy tales.  Scroll down for the Schedule of Events, ticketing, and more!

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Equestrian Programs

Equestrian Programs & Activities

Coming Soon!  

Check back soon for a comprehensive listing of equestrian-related programs, events, and activities in conjunction with our Equestrian Histories exhibition.



These learning opportunities will provide a hands-on window into the history of the North Shore.  Offerings under development include:

  • Family-Friendly Exhibit Reception
  • Wenham Museum Day at Myopia Polo
  • Polo Demonstration at the Harvard University barn in So. Hamilton, Mass.
  • All about the Hunt & Meet the Fox Hounds!
  • Three-Day Eventing at Groton House Farm
  • Coaching & Driving
  • Dressage Panel
  • The History of Our Open Space
  • Equine Rescue
  • Equine Therapy
  • Book signings and author visits
  • Film screenings of movies filmed in Hamilton and Wenham, such as The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and International Velvet (1978)


Patton Family Archives Tours 

Tours of the Patton Family Archives

Select Dates and Times
$15 for Members
$20 for Nonmembers
Register online:

The Patton Family Archives chronicle the life and legacy of one of America’s premier military families who resided here on Boston’s North Shore. The Archives are also an untapped, unparalleled resource regarding the service and sacrifice of Maj. Gen. Patton and his troops during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and that of his wife, Joanne Holbrook Patton, on the home front.

Guided tours are offered at select dates and times and are available only by advanced online reservation through the Wenham Museum, which will be the future steward of this important collection. Tours are one hour in length. Payment is required at the time of booking. Available dates and times for tours are listed at


Preschool Programs 

Poppets Playdates and M is for Museum

The Wenham Museum offers recurring programs called “Poppets Playdates” and “M is for Museum” the second Friday of every month, designed for our preschool audience. Learn more about introducing the museum to your preschooler.

This program is sponsored by Early Childhood Partners.





 Program Cancellation Policy 

Please note:  All cancellations for paid programs made within three days of the program are nonrefundable.