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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. 

 

Upcoming Programs

AUTHOR VISIT & BOOK TALK

Plants Go to War
by Judith Summer

Saturday, September 25, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Free Community Program

 

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.  Books will be available for purchase at the Wenham Museum and the author is available to sign them.

If you wish to visit the museum galleries following the program, please make a reservation online at wenhammuseum.org/visit.

TRAILS & SAILS
This program is offered as part of Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails & Sails series of free public programs. Learn more at trailsandsails.org.

 

 


Sponsored by


This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Fall & Winter Drop-In Art Making

Tuesdays
Sept. 21 – Dec. 14, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Museum Lobby
Included with Admission
Free for Members

Join us on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. for drop-in art making and crafting in the Museum Lobby! Each week, a different project inspired by our current exhibitions or the season will be featured.

No pre-registration is required for these activities. They are included with admission and free for Members. Advanced ticket purchase is required, however, to visit the Wenham Museum. Tickets may be reserved online at wenhammuseum.org/visit.  We hope to create something fun with you soon!

Brown Bag Lunch Program Series

2nd Thursday of the Month:
October 14, November 11, December 9,
January 13, February 10, March 10, April 15
12 p.m. 
Free Community Program 
$10 Suggested Donation 
Registration Coming Soon >>

Wenham Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch Series explores local history and culture in a casual and welcoming environment! Join us on the second Thursday of the month with your in person with your own “brown bag lunch” and beverages and desserts will be provided by the museum.

Snow White’s Halloween Party

Saturday, October 30, 2021
10:30 a.m.
Burnham Hall
Nonmembers:  $10 adults, $8 Children & Seniors
Members:  $5 adults; $4 Children & Seniors
Includes Museum Admission
Advanced Registration Required >>

Join us for Snow White’s Halloween Party! Put on your Halloween costume or your favorite dress-up clothes and come to the Wenham Museum for stories, songs, and a fun (not spooky) Halloween party for our youngest friends.

Snow White will be presented by Carole Finn-Weidman from Parties by Carole.

LEGO Train

Saturday, October 16, 2021
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – MEMBERS ONLY
12 – 4 p.m. 
Burnham Hall
Included with Admission
Free for Members
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“EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!”  Calling all LEGO fans – we’re excited to welcome the LEGO Train back to the Wenham Museum for a special fall-time visit!

You’ll see a rainbow colored, L-gauge model train speeding along a brick track as it races by soaring skyscrapers, country cottages, mountainside ski slopes and much more. All features are designed with the highest degree of precision (and a sense of humor!) by the New England LEGO Users Group (NELUG). Some Halloween-themed surprises will be included in this fantastical LEGO display.

Note:  Library passes and free passes are not eligible for this special event.

Special Thanks
New England LEGO Users Group (NELUG)

Patton Family Archives Tours

Tours of the Patton Family Archives

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. Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and include time for questions. Payment is required at the time of booking.

GROUPS
Group tours are available for parties of 6 or more on a mutually agreeable date at time. We kindly ask for two weeks lead time for scheduling groups. Please contact the museum at info@wenhammuseum.org or (978) 468-2377, ext. 113 to inquire.

PARKING & ACCESSIBILITY
Public parking is available in gravel lot located next to the Homestead. There is an incline to walk from the parking lot to the Homestead.  We regret that at this time, the Archives and the Homestead are not fully handicapped accessible.

TOUR LOCATION
Paton Family Archives
Patton Homestead
650 Asbury Street, Hamilton, MA

The Wenham Museum owns and operates the Patton Family Archives. The museum leases space within the Patton Homestead to display the Archives.

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Gingerbread Cookie Decorating

Saturday, December 4, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Registration Coming Soon >>

Celebrate the season by decorating your own giant gingerbread cookie!  We will provide cookies, frosting, sprinkles, candies and more to make your creation.  To-go boxes will be provided so that you can bring your cookie home safely.  Pre-registration is required to make sure we will have enough cookies for everyone!

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.

Past Programs

Author & Illustrator Talk
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
7 p.m.
Free Community Program
Online via Zoom
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“I am an Unknown. I am one of many. From Bunker Hill to Heartbreak Ridge, we gave all we had for our country and freedom. The Tomb Guards give all they have for us.”

Join us for an inspiring discussion of Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. This new book, written by Jeff Gottesfeld and illustrated by Matt Tavares, shares how the Unknown soldiers became entombed at Arlington National Cemetery and how their fellow soldiers have come to keep vigil over them. This sobering and powerful tale is compellingly told and luminously illustrated. While written as a picture book for children aged 7 – 10, the messages are for all ages.

Hear directly from the author and illustrator and learn more about the story behind this book, the role of the Tomb Guards, and the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 2021.

Jeff Gottesfeld is the author of The Tree in the Courtyard, illustrated by Peter McCarty, and No Steps Behind, illustrated by Sheilla Witanto.  He has previously written for adult, teen, middle grade, and picture book audiences.  Jeff Gottesfeld lives in Los Angeles.

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagra, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball.  He is the illustrator of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter.  Most recently he wrote and illustrated two modern Christmas tales, Red and Lulu and the New York Times bestseller Dasher.  He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

Special Recognition
During the program, we will also recognize Sergeant Major Kenneth Oswald, instructor of military science in the Marine Corps JROTC program at Lynn English High School, Lynn, Massachusetts. Sergeant Major Oswald is retiring after many years of dedicated and selfless service.

This program is offered in honor of Memorial Day and in support of the Wenham Museum’s Patton Family Archives. It will be moderated by Major Paul J. Cancelliere, USA, Retired.

Sponsored by

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Special Thanks to Our Event Partner
Candlewick Press

ONLINE PROGRAM:
Stories & Songs with Peter Pan

Thursday, April 22, 2021
10 a.m. via Facebook Live
Free Community Program 

LIKE the Wenham Museum on Facebook to receive a notification when the program goes live.

Join us on Facebook Live for a virtual program with Peter Pan!

Featuring songs from the Broadway musical, Peter Pan will tell you all about his adventures with Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Darling children, and his friends on Neverland. Get ready to sing, dance, and chase your shadow!

Peter Pan will be presented by Carole Finn-Weidman of Parties by Carole.

Sponsored in part by:  Early Childhood Partners

ONLINE PROGRAM:
On the Home Front with Judy Cook

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10 a.m. via Zoom
$10 Nonmembers
$5 Wenham Museum & Claflin Family Association Members

Register Online >>

Join us  to learn the story of one family’s home and farm life during the Civil War. The program includes excerpts of family letters, songs of the Civil War, and projected images. The central family members are Esther and Gilbert Claflin. Gilbert is a descendant of Robert Macklaflin (now “Claflin”), the first resident of the museum’s historic Clafin-Gerrish-Richards House.

Esther Claflin was the great-great-grandmother of the presenter, Judy Cook. Esther married a Wisconsin farmer was drafted into the Union Army at age 40. She and their two teen aged sons kept the small farm going. Dennis Cook is the voice of Gilbert Claflin and his sons as he reads from their letters. Judy Cook, in costume reads from the letters of Esther Claflin, plays tunes of the time and sings songs of the Civil War. Throughout the program you will see projected photos of the day, works of art, and lyrics of the choruses. The audience is invited to join in the singing.

The story is told in the words of the people of the day: the writers of the songs and Gilbert and Esther. The audience is transported to the days of the Civil War in a very personal, eye-witness experience. The letters between Judy’s great-great-grandparents are in her book A Quiet Corner of the War (University of Wisconsin Press). Signed books and CDs containing the songs from the program are also available to purchase during the registration process.  Zoom information will be e-mailed to you in your e-mail confirmation after registering.

14th Annual Legopalooza
VIRTUAL Lego Studio!

Join us for an online version of our free-form family LEGO build! Make a LEGO (or DUPLO) creation with bricks you have at home, or use the LEGOs in our February Activity Box. Share a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #WMLEGO and tell us a little bit about what you’ve made. We can’t wait to see what you create!

 

 

February Vacation Week Activity Box

$25 Nonmembers / $22.50 Members
Free In-Museum Pick-Up
Free Delivery to Hamilton & Wenham
$5 Delivery to Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Ipswich, Manchester, & Topsfield
Delivery Date TBD
Click to Buy – Members use discount code MEMBER for 10% off >>

Spend your February Vacation Week with some fun and engaging at-home activities! Each kit includes all the supplies needed to make an at-home Legopalooza creation, a pinecone bird feeder, a necklace, a snow globe, and a train. Directions and materials to protect your work surface are also provided—all you need to bring is your creativity!

Special Thanks: Stori Cadigan, Trustee

M is for Museum & Poppets Playdates:
Share the Love

Poppets Playdates, 18 mos. +
M is for Museum, 2.9 years +
Friday, February 12, 2021
At Home Program
Register for Access >>

 

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.

Our Poppets friends will read The I Love You Book by Todd Parr. This story explores the meaning of unconditional love in a heartfelt, playful way for children and caregivers.

Our M is for Museum friends will read Share Some Kindness, Bring Some Light by Apryl Stott. In this story, Bear is sad. All the other animals think he’s mean because he’s so big. But his human friend, Coco, offers to help him. Coco shares her grandmother’s advice: “When life gets dark as winter’s night, share some kindness, bring some light.”
After registering, you will receive a link to the program page with storybook readings and directions for the activities inspired by the books.

Sponsored by: Early Childhood Partners

Virtual Brown Bag Lunch:
Railroad Art by Robert Frascella

Friday, February 12, 2021
12 – 1 PM
Free Community Program / $10 Suggested Donation
via Zoom
Register Online >>

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.

Robert (Bob) Frascella, the owner and artist behind The Old Depot Gallery, creates art depicting the glory years of American Railroading. Working in pastels from his Wenham, Massachusetts studio, Bob’s work places historic trains and railroads in context and tell a story about days gone by. Bob will share his sources of inspiration, his process, and provide a peek into his studio during his presentation.

Bob’s art is presently on display at the Wenham Museum as part of Calling All Engines! Train Time. If you’re unable to see his vibrant, nostalgic works in person, you can learn more and browse his gallery online.

Historically, the Brown Bag Lunch 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!  **Zoom access information will be e-mailed to you upon registering.**

Image:  Bob Frascella’s painting Northbound Merchandise depicts an early 1950s diesel train on its way to Syracuse, NY. Currently on display at the Wenham Museum.  Image courtesy of the artist.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Doves for Peace: Community Art Installation
Opening January 12, 2021
Lobby Gallery

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.

Dove-Making Instructions
Origami Dove:  PDF Instructions | Video Instructions
Cut-Out Dove: Download a printable PDF dove that you can cut out and color

M is for Museum & Poppets Playdates:
All About Owls!

Poppets Playdates, 18 mos. +
M is for Museum, 2.9 years +
Friday, January 8, 2021
At Home Program
Register Online >>

 

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

Brown Bag Lunch:
Timothy Pickering and the Silver Spoon

Friday, Januray 8, 2021
12 – 1 PM
Online Program via Zoom
Free Community Program /
$10 Suggested Donation

Register Online >>

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!

LEGO Creation Station

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.