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.


December 6, 2018

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Event

Meet Sherri Duskey Rinker, the New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Ms. Rinker will be speaking about her work, reading her newest book, Construction Site on Christmas Night, and signing books!

We’ll also have a giant excavator outside the Wenham Museum courtesy of the Mayer Tree Company and pizza for sale from the 3rd Alarm Wood Fired Pizza company, which makes their pizza in a firetruck-turned-food truck!

Ms. Rinker’s new book, Construction Site on Christmas Night, features all of your favorite construction vehicles building a special Christmas surprise. Copies of her new book and her longtime favorites will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop, while supplies last.

Sponsored by: Mayer Tree Company


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:

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: An Entrepreneur in Toyland

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.

Guest Speaker, Jack Schylling, founder of Schylling Toys, will provide an overview of the toy industry over the last 100 years and an update on what is happening today.  Jack is a renowned toy collector and past Trustee of the Wenham Museum.




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:

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:

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
This program is closed for registration

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.



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.