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Out & About: Upper Valley museums 2019

  • The Samuel Morse Museum in Croydon, N.H. (Courtesy Jane Dearden)

Published: 5/6/2019 4:00:19 PM
Modified: 10/14/2019 11:36:01 AM

Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden:Friday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28 through Oct. 28, 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

American Precision Museum in Windsor: Daily May 25-Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. “Shaping America,” an exhibit of early machine tools and firearms; a learning lab with basic robotics and 3D printing; machine shop demonstrations; speaker series; behind-the-scenes tours and more. Accessible. $5-8, families $20, children under 6 free. 196 Main St. 802-674-5781 or

Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock: Daily April through October, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open weekends November-February, 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

Bradford, Vt., Historical Society Museum: Fridays April 4, May 3 and every Friday from June 7 through Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-noon. Also by appointment. Special exhibit of rural and railroad photographs by Philip Ross Hastings. A new exhibit titled “Meetings Canceled, Permanently” looks at organizations that have come and gone. Free and handicapped accessible. Third floor, Bradford Academy building, 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. Featured exhibits include “Memories From the Motor Corps,” the Booth Heritage Collection and artifacts from the Bridgewater Woolen Mill. Free. 12 N. Bridgewater Road. 802-672-3745 or

Claremont History Museum: Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. through Sept. 15; first Fridays on July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 from 5:30-7 p.m. Museum houses the Claremont Historical Society’s library collection, a children’s room, a natural history collection, colonial kitchen, military uniforms and more. Free. 26 Mulberry St. 603-543-1400.

Cornish Historical Society: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon; in winter by appointment only. Strong collections in Cornish history and the Cornish Colony.  Free. 26 School St. 603-675-6448.

Enfield Shaker Museum: May 1 through Dec. 23: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 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. Group adult rate available. 447 Route 4A. 603-632-4346 or

Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., May 4 through October. Tours and re-enactments at the historic fort that played a role in the French and Indian War. $8-$12, children 5 and under free. 267 Springfield Road. 603-826-5700 or

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: May through October (call for appointment). Tours and exhibits about the town’s history, including the Abenaki nation. Free. Garipay House, 1461 Maple St. 802-280-2221 or

Hood Museum of Art in Hanover: Art from cultures across the globe is on view in newly renovated galleries. Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free. 6 E. Wheelock St. 603-646-2808 or

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 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., May 25 through Oct. 13. Guided tours on the hour of the 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

Lockehaven Schoolhouse Museum in Enfield: Sundays 2-4 p.m., June 16-Sept. 8. This 1860s historic building displays collections of school textbooks and registers, desk and seats, photographs of former teachers and more. Free. Corner of Lockehaven and Ibey roads. 603-632-4675.

Lyme Historians Museum: Saturdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Other times by appointment. Featured exhibits are “Logging in Lyme: Then and Now,” which includes vintage photos and artifacts; and “Lyme Quilts — and still does,” which includes two dozen quilts spanning over 200 years. Churchill House, 15 Main St., Lyme. Free. 603-795-2508 or

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. Roads, trails and grounds open year-round. Guided tours of the mansion are $4-8, 15 and under free. 54 Elm St. 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 “Destination: Space!”, “Mindbender Mansion” and “Air Works.” $13-$16. Summer admission, $15-$18, late June through Labor Day. Children under 2 free. Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road. 802-649-2200.

Newport Historical Museum: Sunday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and by appointment. Current exhibits include a colonial-era kitchen and a gallery of fine oil paintings by Andre Champollion. Free. 20 Central St. 603-863-1294 or

Norwich Historical Society: Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays 10 a.m.-noon (June-October only). Also by appointment. Featured exhibits explore Norwich’s one-room schoolhouses and the history of Norwich University. Free. 277 Main St. 802-649-0124 or

Old Constitution House in Windsor: Open Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., May 25 through Oct. 13. Restored tavern where the Vermont Constitution was signed in 1777. A special exhibit of rare and unusual items from the Windsor area opens on June 15. $3, 14 and under free. 16 N. Main St. 802-672-3773 or

The Rev. Dan Foster House in Weathersfield: Open Monday and Wednesday 2-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-noon, June through August. This historic home houses a collection of artifacts and written records, including Civil War memorabilia, tools, clothing and archival photos. Donations welcome. 2656 Weathersfield Center Road. 802-263-5230.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish: Open weekends in May, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Open daily from May 25-October 31, 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

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. 802-886-7935 or

Strafford Historical Society: Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon or by appointment, May 4-Oct. 12. Exhibits include a model of the Strafford Town House. The Brick Store, 1 Brook Road. 802-765-4057.

Sunapee Historical Society’s Flanders-Osborne Museum: Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays, 1-4 p.m. (Memorial Day through the end of June). Tuesday and Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (July 1 to Labor Day). Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays, 1-4 p.m. (Labor Day through Columbus Day). Artifacts from Sunapee include the pilot house of an old steamship and a tearoom from the Woodbine Cottage restaurant, formerly in Sunapee Harbor. 74 Main St. 603-763-9872.

Town Hall Heritage Center in Orford: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Open mid-May through mid-October.  Current featured exhibit is “The History of Farming in Orford.” Free. 2528 Route 25A. 603-353-4318.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee: Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Educational activities, exhibits, scavenger hunts and trails, live raptor programs, turtle time and raptor feeding time. $14.50-$16.50; free for children 3 and under. 149 Natures Way. 802-359-5000 or

Webster Cottage Museum in Hanover: Wednesday and Saturday, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Note: The museum is closed Aug. 17-28 due to road construction. Local furnishings, photographs and artifacts, many related to Daniel Webster (1782-1852), a resident of the house while he was a Dartmouth College student. A new donation of a portrait of Webster by Joseph Desire Court is on display. Free. 32 N. Main St. 603-643-6529.

Woodstock History Center: Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., June 19-Sept. 28. Explores the history of Woodstock. Featured exhibit is “Character: Unforgettable People of Woodstock.” Guided museum tours available. Gift shop, gardens, research library and grounds. Free. 26 Elm St. 802-457-1822 or

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