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.
Poppets Playdates, 18 mos. +
M is for Museum, 2.9 years +
Friday, January 8, 2021
At Home Program
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Join in this month’s M is for Museum and Poppets Playdates VIRTUAL at-home program! You can participate in the program on your own time and at your own schedule.
This month is all about owls. Our Poppets friends will read “Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell. In this story, three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can’t help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? When the mother owl returns, the owl babies joyously flap their wings and dance and bounce. Beautiful illustrations capture the story of little ones who miss their mother and are overjoyed at her return.
Our M is for Museum friends will read “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen. In this classic, award-winning story, a little girl and her father go owling on a late winter night. They keep quiet, as they listen for owls and hope to find one during a beautiful moonlit night.
After reading those stories, we have some at-home art activities for you to enjoy! We will make an owl with things we already have at home. We will also share some information about seeing real owls right here near where we live.
After registering, you will receive a link to the program page with storybook readings and directions for the activities.
Sponsored by: Early Childhood Partners
Friday, Januray 8, 2021
12 – 1 PM
Online Program via Zoom
Free Community Program /
$10 Suggested Donation
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Wenham Museum’s VIRTUAL Brown Bag Lunch Series explores local history and culture – from the comfort of your home! Join us on the second Friday of the month with your favorite lunch, snack, or beverage and learn something new about your local community.
Timothy Pickering (1745-1829), a member of both President George Washington’s and President John Adams’ cabinets, was one of Wenham’s most famous residents; Pickering was also a founder of the organization that now runs the Topsfield Fair, and the museum’s library is named for him. A silver serving spoon that is believed to have belonged to Timothy and his wife, Rebecca, was recently discovered by amateur historian and antiques collector Robbie Corcoran. Robbie will introduce us to Timothy and Rachel Pickering, and debut this long-lost treasure of Wenham’s history. Image: Timothy Pickering, engraving, ca. 1800.
Historically, this series has been a FREE community program. Due to COVID-19, we are asking those who are able to consider a donation to the Wenham Museum. The museum’s visitation has dropped tremendously due to the pandemic and we need your help to continue this and other programs. You may still access and enjoy this program if you are not able to donate at this time. The suggested amount is $10. Thank you!
Doves for Peace: Community Art Installation
Opening January 12, 2021
Help us honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2021 with a community art project!
Local artist Julianna McWilliams has made a tree for the museum’s lobby on which we will place doves made by members of our community. Simply use the instructions below to make origami or cut-out doves (or use your own design) at home and drop them off at the museum – all it takes is a piece of paper and a little time!
You can add color or a message of peace, hope, gratitude, or kindness to your dove – and make as many as you would like! You may bring your dove to the museum at any time or place it in our mailbox. If you would like to hang your own dove on the tree, you may do so on or after January 12th.
While there is no cost to participate in this activity, we do require advanced ticket registration and admission to visit the museum galleries.
Origami Dove: PDF Instructions | Video Instructions
Cut-Out Dove: Download a printable PDF dove that you can cut out and color
Tours of the Patton Family Archives
Due to COVID-19, tours of the Archives are unavailable until further notice.
Select Dates and Times
$15 for Members
$20 for Nonmembers
View Available Dates & 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.
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.
Please note: All cancellations for paid programs made within three days of the program are nonrefundable.
Plants Go to War
by Judith Summer
To Be Rescheduled
$10 Adults | $8 Seniors (65+)
Free for Museum Members
As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Vegetables provided the wartime diet both in North America and Europe, where vitamin-rich carrots, cabbages, and potatoes nourished millions. In the Pacific, survival manuals detailed edible plants on Pacific islands.
To Be Rescheduled
Free for Members
Includes face painting by Flynntastic Faces!
As a special thank you to our members, please join us for complimentary coffee and refreshments, a Spring-themed craft, and face painting by Flynntastic Faces. The museum will open 30 minutes early that day just for members.
To Be Rescheduled
FREE Community Program
Please join us for the Wenham Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch on Friday, March 13th at noon to hear from Robert Megerdichian, son of Master Machinist Abraham Megerdichian, who machined hundreds of miniatures from solid blocks of metal. Robert inherited his father’s collection and now curates the pieces, displaying them in museums all over New England. These tiny, intricately carved objects are truly intriguing, and many of them are currently on display in our own “Tiny Things” exhibition.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
This program is part of the Wenham Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch Program Series. Join us the 2nd 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.
This series is supported by the museum’s Annual Fund 2019-2020.
Friday, March 6, 2020 and
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Included with Admission
Free for Members
$10 Donation to Keep Your Creation!
Kick off “March is Membership Month” with two days of LEGO free-building fun! Using the museum’s voluminous assortment of LEGOs, come and build a creation of your own imagination. DUPLOs will also be available for our youngest visitors!
We know that sometimes it can be really hard for our young visitors to leave their LEGO creations behind at the museum when it’s time to go home. If you’d like to take your creation (of reasonable size) home with you, you may for a $10 donation.