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.


January 18 -20, 2020


Saturday, January 18, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members


Calling all model railroaders and fans of model trains!  Don’t miss the upcoming NMRA HUB Model Railroad on display in the Wenham Museum’s Burnham Hall. These amazing model trains will be set-up for the entire Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend. Get out of the cold and see this incredible, high quality model train layout from the region’s best model railroaders.

Our friends from Treat Cakes & Confections will also be running a pop-up bakery at the museum on Saturday, January 18th. Details below!


Pop-Up Bakery with Treat Cakes & Confections

Pop-Up Bakery

Treat cakes & confections
Saturday, January 18, 2020
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.–or while supplies last!

Enjoy our fresh baked treats and complimentary coffee or cocoa – we’ll have scones & muffins in the morning – plus cookies, cupcakes, brownies & other sweets throughout the day, including a selection of delicious gluten-free scones and desserts.

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There is no admission fee to enjoy the bakery.  Admission or membership is required to visit the museum’s galleries. 


Military History Program


“The First Pearl Harbor”
by Chris O’Connor
Saturday, February 1, 2020
1:30 p.m. at the Patton Homestead
650 Asbury St., Hamilton, MA
$10 Adults | $8 Seniors (65+)
Free for Museum Members


More than a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor, aircraft of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm executed a surprise attack on ships of the Italian Fleet anchored in the harbor of Taranto.  Historians have seen the raid on Taranto as a precursor to the larger and more devastating strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy.

In O’Connor’s book Taranto: The Raid, The Observer, The Aftermath, he talks about the Taranto raid and and its relevance to Pearl Harbor.  Books will be available for purchase.


Brown Bag Lunch

Brown Bag Lunch:
Ice Harvesters Share Their Stories

Friday, February 14, 2020
12 – 1 p.m.
FREE Community Program

During the 19th and 20th centuries, ice was harvested in Wenham and in many communities across New England.  Join us to hear a first-person account from two North Shore residents who once worked in this historic industry.  Jim Brophy of Essex, Massachusetts will share his experiences working in the Easton, Massachusetts ice houses.  Jim Geanakis of Ipswich, Massachusetts will tell his story working in the Lathrop Ice  House in Ipswich, Massachusetts adjacent to the Ipswich River.  Their conversation will be moderated by Nat Pulsifer of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Participants will also have an opportunity to see this historic ice tools and draft horse harnesses on display in the museum’s first-floor galleries as part of the exhibition Frozen: Stories of Ice and Snow.

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.


LEGO Train

Annual Lego Train

Saturday, February 15, 2020 and
Sunday, February 16, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members



Come 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 by the New England Lego Users Group. Suitable for all ages.

With special thanks to:


Stories & Songs with Sleeping Beauty

Princess Visit

Stories & Songs with Sleeping Beauty
Monday, February 17, 2020
10:30 a.m.
$5 for Member Adults
$5 for Member Children & Seniors
$12 for Nonmember Adults
$10 for Nonmember Children & Seniors
Includes Museum Admission
Reservations Recommended – Reserve Now >>

Sleeping Beauty will read stories and sing songs with visitors.  Fairytale or magical dress-up attire encouraged!  Be sure to visit the museum’s hands-on historic house to see a real spindle and spinning wheel before you go home.  Space for this program is limited – advanced ticket purchase recommended.  


Frozen Fest

Chainsaw Ice Carving, Wintry Activities,
Food Truck, & More!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Included with Admission
Free for Members
Buy Tickets & Learn More >>


Celebrate all things wintry and frozen at the Wenham Museum! During this one-day event, you can:

  • Watch a live chainsaw ice-carving demonstration outside on the museum’s front lawn
  • Visit our new exhibition, Frozen: Stories of Ice and Snow, which explores this history of ice harvesting in Wenham
  • Learn about fun winter activities that happen right here on the North Shore, like cross-country skiing, ice skating, and dog sledding (North Shore Nordic Association, Pro Shop – Wenham Country Club, Ipswich River – MA Audubon)
    Have lunch and a frosty brew from a local food truck (Butter “UR” Biscuits) and brewery
  • Decorate a cookie with Treat bakery from Wenham


Live Owls & Birds of Prey

Owls by Wingmasters

Thursday, February 20, 2020
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Members: $8
Nonmembers: $10
Reservations Required – Reserve Now >>

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.


Patton Family Archives Tours 


Plants Go to War
by Judith Summer

Saturday, April 18, 2020
10:30 a.m. at the Patton Homestead Stables
$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.


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:

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.