Visit our museum houses and world-famous collections of early American crafts and decorative arts on your own, at your own pace. Your choices include:
The Flynt Center of Early New England Life has lots to see in two galleries and open-storage of our permanent collection. Open 9:30 to 4:30. Ask for a printed family guide.
The Sheldon House shows daily life for an average farming family from 1780 to 1810. Open 9:30 to 4:30. Ask for a printed family guide.
The Stebbins House shows decorative arts that were popular when the United States was still a new country. Open 9:30 to 4:30. Ask for the “I Spy” game.
The Cooks’ Garden interprets the herbs and vegetables that would have been grown in an 18th century kitchen garden.
The Channing Blake Meadow Walk meanders through the meadow and past a working farm. If you’re lucky you may meet some animals along the way. Ask at the Visitor Center to borrow a “Nature Pack.”
The History Workshop provides a place where families can relax, play on their own, or have a hands-on experience guided by a museum educator. Open weekends from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m.
Apprentices’ Workshop at Dwight House shows how things were made by hand long ago. Learn about woodworking, weaving cloth, and making ceramics. Open 12 to 4:30.
All visitors are welcome on guided house tours, available on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A guided house tour lasts approximately 35 minutes. We recommend the Wells-Thorn House and Williams House for families with children.