Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as of 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 12th, the Wenham Museum will be closed to the public until further notice.  In addition, all public programming and events will be postponed or cancelled. Click here to read more

Collections

Collections

Life In New England 

The Wenham Museum currently stewards a diverse collection of approximately 45,000 artifacts. Bring the entire family to discover the treasures of childhood and explore how New Englanders have lived, worked, dressed and played from the 17th century to today at the Wenham Museum.

Our Diverse Collection 

Enjoy our world-famous doll and toy collection and delightful model train gallery. Learn from our historic costume, textile, and photograph collections. Step back in time with a self-guided visit of the circa 1690 Claflin-Richards House, then experience hands-on history in the Family Discovery Gallery.

Explore Our Collection

Museum 1ST FLOOR GALLERIES

These galleries underwent a complete renovation in 2019 to create an updated, flexible gallery space, and 21st-century museum experience for all visitors.

Please be aware that to facilitate the installations in this special exhibit space, the permanent collections that were displayed in the first floor galleries, such as many of the dolls and miniatures, are safely in storage.   The museum will continue to incorporate, whenever possible, objects from our collections that connect to the special exhibitions within this renovated space.  We recognize that there are constituents with deep affinity for some of the objects no longer continuously on display.  If there is anything within the permanent collection that you would like to see, please reach out to our Visitor Services staff so they may connect you with the appropriate member of the collections and curatorial team.  They may be reached at info@34.198.16.179 or by phone at (978) 468-2377, ext. 113.  We are happy to continue to share our permanent collection during this time by appointment.

Again, we regret any inconvenience these changes in the gallery space may cause and we thank you for your support as we improve the museum experience for everyone in the museum’s multigenerational audience.  Thank You.

To learn more about the collection, explore the information below and plan your visit today.

Donate An Artifact 

If you are interested in donating an artifact to the collection, learn more.