The museums of Historic Deerfield comprise 12 period museum houses dating from c1730 to 1872, the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, and the Memorial Libraries. Exhibiting one of the top half-dozen collections of American decorative arts in the U.S., including more than 27,000 objects made or used in America from 1650 to 1900, with special interest in the history, art, and culture of Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley with significant collections of 18th and 19th-century American furniture; English and Chinese export ceramics,; American silver; and American and English textiles and clothing. The Flynt Center of Early New England Life features changing exhibitions as well as “The Museum’s Attic,” the study/storage of 2,500 choice antiques, and a seminar room for workshops and lectures.
The Memorial Libraries include the 23,000 volumes of the Henry N. Flynt Library of Historic Deerfield (reference works, microfilm and newspapers), as well as the printed books, manuscripts, diaries, ledgers, and related materials of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library. The Memorial Libraries are the most comprehensive collection of materials relating to the history and material culture of Deerfield and the Connecticut River Valley. Students, scholars and the public are welcome.