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.

 

September 14, 2018 

M is for Museum – Age 3+ – 10:30 a.m.
Poppets – Ages 18 mos. – 3 years – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, September 14, 2018
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Free for Residents of Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester-by-the-Sea with advanced registration at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com

Time for the Fair! Poppets will hear Night at the Fair by Donald Crews, while M is for Museum friends will read Fair Cow by Leslie Helakoski. We’ll talk about the sights, sounds, and smells of the fair and play a fair-inspired game!

This program is sponsored by Early Childhood Partners.

 

September 22, 2018

Valerie Weigand McCaffrey: Landscapes – Out of My Mind and Into Yours

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Free
This lecture is part of the Trails & Sails program sponsored by Essex National Heritage Area

Come to the Wenham Museum to meet local artist Valerie McCaffrey and hear about the creative process for her paintings, many of which were inspired by the scenery right here in Essex County. This spectacular exhibit is a retrospective of landscape paintings created by the artist over the past two decades. McCaffrey’s style is deceptively naïve – visitors might correctly be reminded of Grandma Moses. However, take a second (or third, or fourth) look and you will see that her exuberant use of color, her idiosyncratic use of scale and perspective (or not), and touches of humor make these paintings worth a good, long stare. Although they are all landscapes, the paintings depict a wide variety of subjects, and the bright, cheerful, contemporary compositions are a wonderful complement to summer and fall in northeastern Massachusetts. McCaffrey’s talk will allow plenty of time for questions and discussion; light refreshments will be served. Exhibit open now through September 23, 2018.

 

September 22, 2018 

Museum Day

Saturday, September 22, 2018
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Download your admission pass at: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2018/

 

October 12, 2018 

M is for Museum – Age 3+ – 10:30 a.m.
Poppets – Ages 18 mos. – 3 years – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, October 12, 2018
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Free for Residents of Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester-by-the-Sea with advanced registration at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com

Native American Legends! Poppets will get an introduction to Native American storytelling with The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, retold by Tomie dePaola, and try painting their own sunsets. M is for Museum friends will hear the Seneca legend of Turtle’s Race with Beaver, as told by Joseph and James Bruchac, and make their own racing turtles.

This program is sponsored by Early Childhood Partners.

 

October 12, 2018 

Brown Bag Lunch: The Salem Witch from Wenham

Friday, October 12, 2018
12 – 1 p.m.
FREE Community Program

Join us the second Friday of every month for a free community program about local history and culture. Bring your own “brown bag lunch” and beverages and dessert will be provided. No advanced registration required.

We kick off the 2018-2019 season with a presentation about Sarah Solart Poole Good, who was among the first people executed as a result of the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692. Her story began in Wenham. Rev. Joseph Gerrish was the minister in Wenham during the trials, and one of the few people to speak out against the injustice. Learn their rarely-told stories at this fascinating presentation given by our Curator, Jane Bowers.

 

October 27, 2018

Stories & Songs with Snow White

Saturday, October 27, 2018
10:30 a.m.
$5 for Member Adults
$4 for Member Children & Seniors
$10 for Nonmember Adults
$8 for Nonmember Children & Seniors
Program Fee includes Museum Admission

Wear your Halloween costume to the Wenham Museum and meet Snow White! She will lead an interactive program featuring stories, songs, and a few lessons on kindness along the way.  Register online: wenhammuseum.org/snowwhite

 

November 9, 2018

M is for Museum – Age 3+ – 10:30 a.m.
Poppets – Ages 18 mos. – 3 years – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, November 9, 2018
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Free for Residents of Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester-by-the-Sea with advanced registration at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com

Manners and Sharing! Join us in the historic Claflin-Gerrish-Richards House as we grind holiday spices with a mortar and pestle after we read The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle (Poppets) and Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney (M is for Museum).

This program is sponsored by Early Childhood Partners.

 

November 9, 2018

Brown Bag Lunch: Storybook Quilts

Friday, November 9, 2018
12 – 1 p.m.
FREE Community Program

Join us the second Friday of every month for a free community program about local history and culture. Bring your own “brown bag lunch” and beverages and dessert will be provided. No advanced registration required.

Nancy LeGendre from the Common Threads Quilt Guild will talk about the Storybook Quilts, a collection donated to the Wenham Museum in 2016. The quilts were sewn with love by members of the guild with the dual goal of supporting literacy and fostering interest in the needle arts. This is their story.

 

December 14, 2018

M is for Museum – Age 3+ – 10:30 a.m.
Poppets – Ages 18 mos. – 3 years – 9:30 a.m.

Friday, December 14, 2018
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Free for Residents of Hamilton, Wenham, and Manchester-by-the-Sea with advanced registration at: www.earlychildhoodpartners.com

Holiday Vehicles! Poppets will hear Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker. During M is for Museum, we will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Everyone will have the chance to make or decorate a paper snowflake.

This program is sponsored by Early Childhood Partners.

 

December 14, 2018

Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, December 14, 2018
12 – 1 p.m.
FREE Community Program

Join us the second Friday of every month for a free community program about local history and culture. Bring your own “brown bag lunch” and beverages and dessert will be provided. No advanced registration required. A holiday-themed topic to be determined will be the subject this month.

 

 

December 27, 2018

Owls by Wingmasters

Thursday, December 27, 2018
Session I: 10:30 – 11:20 a.m.
Session II: 1:00-1:50 p.m.
$8 per person for Members
$10 per person for Nonmembers
Program fee includes Museum Admission
Register online: wenhammuseum.org/owls

Come see live owls up close in this indoor presentation that will introduce you to different owls in our region. The presentation starts at 10:30 a.m. and includes admission to the museum. This program shows how owls use their specialized powers of sight, hearing and flight to survive and thrive. A wealth of fact and folklore about these masters of the dark explains the natural and unnatural history of owls. A variety of live owls provides the focus of the presentation.

 

December 30, 2018

Kids’ Countdown to NYE

Sunday, December 30, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
$10 for Members in advance
$12 for Nonmembers in advance
$15 for all visitors at the door
The museum is open for this special program only.
Register online: wenhammuseum.org/nye

Join us at the Wenham Museum for our annual New Year’s Eve Countdown to Midnight for families. We will have special performances, face painting by Flynntastic Faces, Festive Hat Making, and a Ginger-ale Toast at 12 Noon. Reservations are highly recommended. Everyone age one and up needs a ticket for this program. The museum is only open for this event and will not be open for general museum visits.

 

Acting Class for Young Stars

JapeScapes: Acting for Young Stars

Fall 2018 Session II: Wednesdays, Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, 3 – 4:30 p.m. (Christmas Theme; no class Nov. 21)
$85 per session for Members
$95 per session for Nonmembers
Register online: wenhammuseum.org/jape

Help your youngsters become the STARS they really are! Join professional actor, teacher, and director, Jape Payette, for this after-school drama class at the Wenham Museum. Jape will teach a series of age-appropriate theater games, stage techniques, and improvisations. Classes are designed to help children develop important skills, such as self-confidence, public speaking and performance, imagination, and team spirit.

 

Music with Dara 

Music with Dara

Five Thursdays: Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, January 17, Feb. 21
Ages 18 mos. to 3 years: 3:45 – 4:20 p.m.
Ages 4 to 6: 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Drop-in rates: Members $14; Nonmembers $16
Series rates: Members $60 ($12 per class); Nonmembers $70 ($14 per class)
Register online: wenhammuseum.org/music

With her keyboard, felt board, finger puppets, and other engaging visual props, Dara introduces fundamentals of music through old favorites (Itsy Bitsy Spider, If You’re Happy and You Know It, ABCs, Five Monkeys Jumping, etc.) and new songs, finger plays, rhythmic activities, creative movement – often with scarves and other fun props, and simple instrument playing. Lots of clapping, marching, singing, creative expression and fun!

Musician Dara VanRemoortel is a children’s songwriter and early childhood music specialist who has been teaching and entertaining children on the North Shore for over twenty years.

 

Patton Family Archives Tours 

Tours of the Patton Family Archives

Select Dates and Times
$15 for Members
$20 for Nonmembers
Register online: www.wenhammuseum.org/pattontours

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 www.wenhammuseum.org/pattontours.

 

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.