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Museums in the Upper Valley

  • Lyle Cubberly, of Clinton, Conn., stands at the rear of the French troops with his grandson Nathan Becker, 7, of Madison, Conn., during a reenactment of military tactics of the French and Indian War era at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown, N.H., Saturday, June 3, 2017. Cubberly, a former Air Force meteorologist and a lay minister in the Methodist Church, dressed as a Jesuit priest, blessing the troops before the battle. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden: Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Oct. 29, or by appointment. Artwork and writings by Duckworth and other artists, as well as art education programs. By donation. 21 Bean Road. 603-469-3444 or aidronduckworthmuseum.org.

American Precision Museum in Windsor: Daily May 26-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$8, families $20, children under 6 free. 196 Main St. 802-674-5781 or americanprecision.org.

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock: Daily April 2-Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open weekends November-April, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Working dairy farm, exhibits and activities that explore Vermont’s rural heritage. $4 to $16, 2 and under free. 69 Old River Road. 802-457-2355 or billingsfarm.org.

Bradford, Vt., Historical Society Museum: Fridays from June 1-October 26 from 10 a.m.-noon, or by appointment. Free. 172 N. Main St. 802-222-4423 or 802-222-9621.

Bridgewater Historical Society Museum: Second and fourth Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Memorial Day through Columbus Day, or by appointment. Current exhibit is “Stitching Memories: 150 Years of Creativity in Bridgewater.” Free. 12 N. Bridgewater Road. 802-672-3745 or bridgewaterhistory.org.

Cornish Historical Society: Open every Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; open by appointment during the winter. Strong collection in town and Cornish Colony history. Free. 26 School Street. 603-675-6448.

Enfield Shaker Museum: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m., starting May 5 (closed on major holidays). General admission includes an introductory video program, guided tours, exhibits and craft demonstrations, and access to other historic buildings, the herb, production and community gardens, and the Feast Grounds. $3-$12, 5 and under free. 447 Route 4A. 603-632-4346 or shakermuseum.org. 

Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., beginning May 5. Tours and re-enactments at the historic fort that played a role in the French and Indian War. $6-$10, children 5 and under free. 267 Springfield Road. 603-826-5700 or fortat4.org. 

Grafton Historical Society Museum: Sundays 2-4 p.m., Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Includes artifacts from the town and surrounding areas. Free. 11 Library Road. 603-523-4569.

Hartford Historical Society Museum: Thursday and Friday (call before visiting). Tours and exhibits about the town’s history, including the Abenaki nation. Free. Garipay House, 1461 Maple St. 802-296-3132 or hartfordhistory.org.

Hood Museum of Art in Hanover: The galleries are closed for renovation and expansion until January 2019, but select works are on display at the Hood Downtown exhibit space. Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free. 53 Main St. 603-646-2808.

Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial in South Royalton: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30-7 p.m., May through October. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1:30-5:30 p.m., November through April. Includes historic artifacts, films, sculptures, hiking paths and screenings of Meet the Mormons. Free. 357 LDS Lane. 802-763-7742.

Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 14. Guided tours of Gothic Revival house, artwork, formal gardens, interpretive exhibits and walking trail. $6, children 14 and under free. Self-guided tours of the garden at no cost. 214 Justin Morrill Highway. 802-828-3051 or morrillhomestead.org.

Lyme Historians Museum: Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes exhibits and artifacts illuminating the history of Lyme and the Upper Valley. Current exhibit is “1918: Lyme at War” (through mid-November). June 16 through Labor Day: “Bridal Gowns From Then to Now.” Churchill House, 15 Main St., Lyme. Free. 603-795-2508 or lymehistorians@gmail.com.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock: The Carriage Barn Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31. Weekends in May, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Roads, trails and grounds open year-round. Guided tours of the mansion are $4 or $8, 15 and under free. 54 Elm St. nps.gov/mabi or 802-457-3368.

Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities include air and weather; creatures; light and sight; native plants and the environment; puzzles, shapes, and things that move; and sounds and hearing. Featured exhibits include “Air Works,” “Solve It! Puzzles, Math & Problem Solving” and “Bubbles: Science in Soap.” $12-$15. Summer admission, $14-$17, mid-June through Labor Day. Children under 2 free. Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road. www.montshire.org. 802-649-2200.

Newport Historical Museum: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and by appointment. Free. 20 Central St. 603-863-1294 or newportnhhistory.org.

Norwich Historical Society: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. year-round; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon from June through October. Also by appointment. Featured exhibit is “Back to Our Routes,” exploring how Norwich roads got their names. Free. 277 Main St. 802-649-0124 or norwichvthistoricalsociety.org.

Old Constitution House in Windsor: Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 26 through Oct. 21. Restored tavern where the Vermont Constitution was signed in 1777. $3, 14 and under free. 16 N. Main St. 802-672-3773 or http://historicsites.vermont.gov/directory/old_constitution.

Royalton Historical Society in South Royalton:Open by appointment. Articles relating to Royalton’s history, along with artifacts, photographs, diaries and manuscripts. Donations welcome. 4184 Route 14. 802-763-8567 or jpdumville@yahoo.com.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish: Open weekends in May, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Opens daily for the season May 27 through October, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. New Hampshire’s only national park features sculpture exhibits, tours of the home, gardens, trails, summer concerts and events. Leashed dogs welcome. $10, 15 and under free. 139 Saint Gaudens Road. 603-675-2175 or nps.gov/saga.

Samuel Morse Museum in Croydon: Open by appointment, for special events and when the “open” sign is out. Historic 1790 home and courtroom of attorney Samuel Morse. 879 Route 10. 603-863-5353. 

Springfield Art and Historical Society: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m., or by appointment. Includes displays and exhibits about the town’s history, monthly programs, and items and documents available for viewing and research. 65 Route 106, North Springfield, Vt. Free. 802-886-8430 or sahs@vermontel.net.

Strafford Historical Society: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Exhibits include a model of the Strafford Town House. The Brick Store, 1 Brook Road. 802-765-4057.

Town Hall Heritage Center in Orford: Wednesday, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., open mid-May through mid-October. Coming in June: an exhibit on the history of Orford’s summer camps, most of which are still in operation. 2528 Route 25A. Free. 603-353-4318.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibits, scavenger hunts and trails. Activities include live raptor programs, turtle time and raptor feeding time. 149 Natures Way. $13.50-$15.50; free for children 3 and under. 802-359-5000 or vinsweb.org.

Webster Cottage Museum in Hanover: Wednesday and Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m., June 6 through Oct. 6. Local furnishings, photographs and artifacts, many related to Daniel Webster, who was a resident of the house while a Dartmouth College student. Tours offered by Hanover Historical Society volunteers. Free. 32 N. Main St. 603-643-6529.

Woodstock History Center: Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., May 30 through Oct. 14. Explores history of Woodstock. New exhibit is “Character: Woodstock's Unforgettable People.” Guided museum tours available. Gift shop, gardens, research library and grounds. Free. 26 Elm St. 802-457-1822 or woodstockhistorycenter.org. 

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