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.

Fall 2019

November 16, 2019


Meet Children’s Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares

Saturday, November 16, 2019 
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Included with Museum Admission
Members: Free

 Pre-Order your copy of Dasher Now

Matt Tavares, author-illustrator of the 2017 holiday favorite Red & Lulu, illustrator of The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and the classics ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and Over the River and through the Woods, and countless of other children’s books, will be here signing his New Release: Dasher.  This beautifully illustrated story is about Dasher, an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart, who meets Santa and changes Christmas forever.

The Wenham Museum Gift Shop will have copies of Dasher, and Matt’s other holiday classics for sale that day.   You may pre-order a copy of Dasher now.  Reserve ahead of time to guarantee a copy of this soon-to-be holiday hit.  The book will be $19.11 including tax.  Members receive 10 % off.

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.