Activities 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.
In addition to the regular benefits of museum membership, if you join or renew this March, you will receive an additional month of membership–free!–in addition to a one-time-use 25% off coupon for the award-winning Museum Shop. Join or renew today!
Exhibit Opening Reception for Shake, Rattle and Roll: Brain Building with Toys in Motion
Sunday, March 26, 2017
1 – 3 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Join us for a family-friendly opening day celebration where you can make your own mechanical toys and movable art to take home – these are drop-in activities available throughout the afternoon, and they are included with admission. Your mechanical toy will dance, and your movable art will pop up!
Hamilton-Wenham School of Dance
Allegro Dance Company
Based on the story The Dancing Cat, by Justine Rendal
Sunday, April 2, 2017
at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Each performance lasts approx. 35 minutes
Choreography by Katy Brunault
Included with Admission, Free for Members
Story – Performance – Short improvisational dance class for children in the audience.
The Dancing Cat is the story of a toy stuffed cat that lived in a toy store. She knew she had dances inside her, but she was bought by a rough little girl who liked to make her stuffed animals fight instead of dance. The Dancing Cat tried to tell the others that she wanted to dance, but they would not cooperate. Finally, she was in despair and, just when she thought all hope was lost, the little girl’s cousin, Ben, came to visit. He could see right away that she was a dancing cat and asked his cousin if he could bring the Dancing Cat home to live in his house. Once he rescued the Dancing Cat, he gave her a safe place to dance and she was able to do what she loved all the time.
Peeps Diorama Contest
April 15 – 23, 2017
Create a Peeps Diorama with your friends and family and bring it to the museum to join the diorama display! Humor, creativity, and originality will be rewarded. Creations should be approximately 18″ x 18″. Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries. Need some inspiration? Browse washingtonpost.com/lifestylemagazine/peeps for ideas.
Questions? Contact Mary McDonald at mary.mcdonald [at] wenhammuseum.org
About Peeps Dioramas
In 2004, a staff writer at the St. Paul Pioneer Press was asked to come up with something for an Easter Sunday feature section. “I knew a lot of people had tongue-in-cheek fun with Peeps–but I never heard of a diorama contest, so I thought, why not?” he said. In 2007, the Washington Post followed Chin’s lead and created the best-known Peeps contest in the United States. Scenes have included the tomb of Tutankhamen and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks. The impulse that seems to be most frequently rewarded is the attempt to juxtapose highbrow subject matter with marshmallow-based sculptural matter. – Sarah Archer, The New Yorker
HERITAGE PROGRAM: Book Lecture & Appraisal with Brattle Book Shop
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Join Ken Gloss of the Brattle Book Shop for an entertaining and informative evening about books! Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop, which dates to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.
Ken will also talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There will be a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.
Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.
SAVE THE DATE: Grand-Friends & Me: Sharing Traditions Across Generations
Saturday, April 29, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Author Visit and Book Signing
Included with Admission ($10 for Adults and $8 for Children and Seniors), Members are Free
Grandparents, grand-friends, and little grand ones, join two very lucky grandsons Will Moses and Winslow Tudor, as they present their recent books: Fairy Tales for Little Folks and The Tasha Tudor Family Cookbook, and share memories of their famous forebears. Make a “recipe in a jar” from the Tudor cookbook to bring home for a great Mother’s Day gift, and join Will Moses in creating a Moses style mural to celebrate your grand, inter-generational love.
Will Moses the author/illustrator of Fairy Tales for Little Folks, Johnny Appleseed, Will Moses’ Mother Goose, Raining Cats & Dogs, and other children’s books, is the great grandson of artist Grandma Moses. Winslow Tudor is the author of the Tasha Tudor Family Cookbook with illustrations by his grandmother, children’s book illustrator Tasha Tudor. The museum shop will have their books available for sale and the day will include book signings with the authors.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
$2.00 Per Person in addition to Museum Admission ($10 Adults, $8 Children & Seniors) Museum Admission is Free for Members
Come to the Paddle Boat Pizza Party during which visitors can make their own paddle boats and watch them go in the water. Then enjoy some pizza with your family and friends!
SAVE THE DATE: Wee Woodland Fairy Festival
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rain Date: Sunday, June 11
Call all fairies, elves and magical creatures! Wear your finest fairy frocks, or borrow one of ours and enjoy a day of fairy fun. Details regarding program offerings and refreshments to follow.
“M is for Museum”
The Wenham Museum offers a recurring program called “M is for Museum” designed for a preschool audience. Learn more about introducing the museum to your preschooler.