Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum Embrace history through an artist’s vision.
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At the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, you’ll experience the art of a great American sculptor in an intimate setting. It’s a place where you can embrace history through the vision of an artist whose work celebrates America’s diverse cultures.

Memberships to the Dallin Museum make great gifts! Recipients at the $100 level and above will receive reciprocal member...
12/09/2019

Memberships to the Dallin Museum make great gifts! Recipients at the $100 level and above will receive reciprocal member benefits at over 1,100 museums in North America! Purchase here: http://dallin.org/?page_id=1167

Are you a customer of Watertown Savings Bank? In recognition of their 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2020, the Bank wi...
11/21/2019
Customer Choice Awards

Are you a customer of Watertown Savings Bank? In recognition of their 150th Anniversary Celebration in 2020, the Bank will be distributing $150,000 to their customers' favorite local non-profit organizations. Please cast your vote for the Dallin Museum! Donations will be awarded in proportion to the number of votes submitted - so the more votes we get, the larger the donation! Thank you! Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts https://www.watertownsavings.com/community/customer-choice-awards

Wow! There is even one of Julia Ward Howe, who was one of Dallin's better known subjects. I wonder if something like thi...
10/18/2019
Historic Downtown Call Boxes Are Now Mini-Museums To Famous Women

Wow! There is even one of Julia Ward Howe, who was one of Dallin's better known subjects. I wonder if something like this could be done with Dallin's works around Arlington. Thinking specifically of his Mary Scanlon relief.

Eight of the structures now house the stories of women who made history in the city.

We had a wonderful visit with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Senior Associate volunteers yesterday!
10/04/2019

We had a wonderful visit with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Senior Associate volunteers yesterday!

The Dallin Museum learned about and was able to acquire the painting Mrs. Hall’s Letter with the generous support of And...
09/05/2019

The Dallin Museum learned about and was able to acquire the painting Mrs. Hall’s Letter with the generous support of Andrew and Irene Jay. Andrew reflects:

“Having had the pleasure of living in Arlington for several years, we enjoyed the richness of the community and see the Dallin Museum as being an important aspect of the fabric of the community. While he is best known for his sculpture, he was an accomplished painter as well. We were lucky to find this painting in New York. We were particularly impressed with the scholarship within the Dallin team as they quickly pinned down many details around the painting. Irene and I are delighted to support the Museum in growing its collection.”

We are so honored to have received a very generous, unrestricted gift from  the Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust in ...
09/03/2019

We are so honored to have received a very generous, unrestricted gift from the Joan Pearson Watkins Revocable Trust in memory of Cyrus Dallin and Joan Pearson Watkins. “I want to continue with what help that I can to honor the memory of Cyrus and Joan Watkins,” said Jonathan Fairbanks, Trustee of the Watkins RevocableTrust. “Joan was a talented potter, devoted educator, and avid collector and proponent of the arts. I know that it would please Joan to assist with the Dallin Museum and its collection.” Mr. Fairbanks, was the curator of the American Decorative Arts and Sculpture department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston for almost thirty years. He more recently served as Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum. He is shown (right) with Daniel and Donna Fairbanks at the unveiling of the portrait bust of a young Dallin sculpted by Daniel for the museum in 2013.

Two of Dallin’s fans.
08/31/2019

Two of Dallin’s fans.

Beautiful day in the beer garden!  Please stop by our table next Saturday between 2:00 and 3:30!
08/31/2019

Beautiful day in the beer garden! Please stop by our table next Saturday between 2:00 and 3:30!

08/28/2019
Cyrus Dallin's "Appeal to the Great Spirit" Reexamined

In case you missed it, check out footage from the spring symposium "Cyrus Dallin's 'Appeal to the Great Spirit' Reexamined" at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dallin Museum Director Heather Leavell gave thorough and thoughtful remarks attempting to answer the question: Is it possible for Appeal to the Great Spirit to convey the meaning that Dallin intended in today’s world?

Installed at the MFA’s entrance in 1912, Dallin’s monumental equestrian sculpture is one of the Museum’s most visible—and understudied—works of art. Does "Ap...

We're very excited about the Whittemore Park Revitalization Project, scheduled to start next year. Highlights of the fin...
08/26/2019

We're very excited about the Whittemore Park Revitalization Project, scheduled to start next year. Highlights of the final design include a new front lawn and walkway around the perimeter of the park; regrading along Mystic Street to extend the lawn area; additional seating throughout the park; an accessible path adjacent to the railroad tracks with a raised granite curb engraved with historical information; a paved program space to the right of the museum; and amphitheater-style steps and a new pedestrian plaza at the rear of the building. Learn more about the project here: https://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/planning-community-development/whittemore-park-planning-project

"Mrs. Hall's Letter" has been restored! Peter Williams/ Museum Services (located in Boston's historic Fenway Studios bui...
08/22/2019

"Mrs. Hall's Letter" has been restored! Peter Williams/ Museum Services (located in Boston's historic Fenway Studios building) did a beautiful job stabilizing and cleaning the painting. We then headed over to Stanhope Framers to pick out a period-appropriate frame. We are grateful to Andrew T. Jay and Irene Jay for making it possible for the museum to acquire this rare oil portrait by Cyrus Dallin at auction!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Lakota youth from the Pine Ridge Reservation! We looked closely at Dallin's sculptur...
07/22/2019
Arlington Advocate

We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Lakota youth from the Pine Ridge Reservation! We looked closely at Dallin's sculptures and talked about how he tried to make the world a better place through his art. Then we discussed how Dallin used armatures to build his clay models. The kids created their own sculptures using armatures made of toothpicks and foil. We can't wait for next year's visit, which is made possible by the Lakota YouthStay Program!

Arlington welcomed teenagers from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as they made clay sculptures at the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum

The Dallin Museum had the pleasure of hosting the Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for a private tour on Friday, ...
06/10/2019

The Dallin Museum had the pleasure of hosting the Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for a private tour on Friday, June 7. There was great dialog among guests and docents, not to mention a perfect day to visit nearby Menotomy Hunter and the Robbins Memorial Flagstaff. Thanks for joining us, Tufts OLLI!

Great news! The Paul Revere Mall (where Dallin's Paul Revere statue is located) has reopened! The revitalized plaza feat...
06/06/2019
North End's Paul Revere Mall, the Prado, Reopened by Mayor Walsh After $3 Million Restoration - NorthEndWaterfront.com

Great news! The Paul Revere Mall (where Dallin's Paul Revere statue is located) has reopened! The revitalized plaza features new brick paving, fountain and masonry restoration, accessibility improvements, site lighting, tree pruning, and new tree plantings. All work was in keeping with Arthur Shurcliff's original 1933 design. NorthEndWaterfront.com

Mayor Marty Walsh officially reopened the Paul Revere Mall, known as the Prado, in Boston’s North End on Tuesday morning. The unveiling comes after nearly $3 million in improvements to revitalize the urban plaza and open space, originally designed by Arthur Shurcliff, that connects Hanover Street ...

Don't miss the closing reception of the stunning exhibit "Impressions of Vermont," paintings by Dennis Lucas, Friday, Ma...
05/23/2019

Don't miss the closing reception of the stunning exhibit "Impressions of Vermont," paintings by Dennis Lucas, Friday, May 31, 6-8 pm in the Cutter Gallery, Arlington (lower level of the Dallin Museum). An impressionist painter from Montpelier Vermont, Lucas’ work focuses on the ever-changing light and its effects on color in nature. Learn more about Dennis here: http://www.cuttergalleryarlington.com/?page_id=7

05/21/2019
Town of Arlington, MA

Check out this video of the newly restored Robbins Memorial Garden, a national treasure featuring Cyrus Dallin's Menotomy Hunter and Olmstead Brothers reflecting pool. This project was made possible with funds from the Community Preservation Act. Thank you to the Town of Arlington, MA, Friends of the Robbins Town Gardens, Arlington Historical Commission, and many others for your dedication to restoring this beloved community asset!

#ArlingtonMA is having a garden party May 18 to celebrate the restoration of the reflecting pool in the historic Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden. Reserve your spot now. Tickets required.
http://ow.ly/Hxm850uamgJ

It’s a beautiful day for a museum tour! Stop by and enjoy the collection and light refreshments.
05/11/2019

It’s a beautiful day for a museum tour! Stop by and enjoy the collection and light refreshments.

Winchester's Aberjona Book Club enjoyed their tour of the Dallin Museum yesterday with the incomparable Jim McGough. (Ji...
04/25/2019

Winchester's Aberjona Book Club enjoyed their tour of the Dallin Museum yesterday with the incomparable Jim McGough. (Jim is a Museum founder whose rich and colorful stories bring Dallin to life.) Message us to arrange a tour for your group!

Our hearts go out to residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The youth who visited the Dallin Museum la...
04/09/2019
Lakota YouthStay Program

Our hearts go out to residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The youth who visited the Dallin Museum last summer (through the Lakota YouthStay Program) are among those affected by the catastrophic flooding. And another blizzard is in the forecast. Contact Lakota YouthStay for ways to help.

Pine Ridge continues to be in a state of emergency due to the extreme weather resulting in extensive flooding and broken water lines . There are several communities especially hard hit who have no potable water. Want to help? Email us and we can give you suggestions of organizations we trust to provide assistance directly to the people who need it most.

Meet Coley Carden (on the right in this photo), Winchester Co-Operative Bank's VP of Residential Lending, and CRA Office...
04/08/2019

Meet Coley Carden (on the right in this photo), Winchester Co-Operative Bank's VP of Residential Lending, and CRA Officer. He’s a busy guy, volunteering as a host parent for A Better Chance, presenting free talks on financial literacy, just to name a few of his extra-curricular activities. When we asked Coley why Winchester Co-Op decided to get involved with the Dallin Museum, here's what he had to say:

"It is amazing that a world-renowned sculptor lived in Arlington! This is a great gem of local history, and we think it is important to preserve his legacy. We also saw this as a great opportunity to round out our other partnerships and contribute to the arts."

The Dallin Museum has had the pleasure of partnering with Winchester Co-Op for the past 5 years as a Summer Soiree sponsor. The bank and their employees are dedicated supporters of our community! Thank you, Coley and Winchester Co-Operative Bank!

#localhistory #community #localcelebrity #artsmatter

Celebrating man’s best friend on National Puppy Day. Storrow Memorial Monument (1923) and Robert, Bolo and Elisha (1924)...
03/23/2019

Celebrating man’s best friend on National Puppy Day. Storrow Memorial Monument (1923) and Robert, Bolo and Elisha (1924) by Cyrus E.Dallin.

03/19/2019
Cyrus Dallin's "Appeal to the Great Spirit" Reexamined

In case you missed "Cyrus Dallin's Appeal to the Great Spirit Reexamined" at the MFA, Boston on March 3rd, here is a link to the video. Dallin Museum director, Heather Leavell, participated in this program! The MFA is encouraging feedback about the statue. Contact info is included in the video description. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cT0KhVE4dpA

Installed at the MFA’s entrance in 1912, Dallin’s monumental equestrian sculpture is one of the Museum’s most visible—and understudied—works of art. Does "Ap...

On March 3rd, Dallin Museum director Heather Leavell took part in a panel about Cyrus Dallin's Appeal to the Great Spiri...
03/12/2019

On March 3rd, Dallin Museum director Heather Leavell took part in a panel about Cyrus Dallin's Appeal to the Great Spirit. The conversation focused on the intended meaning behind the statue and audience perceptions of it then and now. Thank you to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for hosting this important conversation! We will post a link to the event video once it is up.

The History List
03/01/2019

The History List

Last Saturday, History Camp had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum in Arlington. Dallin was a sculptor and artist most famous for the Paul Revere statue in the North End and the Appeal to the Great Spirit statue in front of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Interested in coming to local institutions with us? Check out the History Camp Monthly Outings page for upcoming events. Next up in April, we will be touring Boston Common with Suffolk University History Professor Bob Allison.

https://historycamp.org/archives/2019-outings

— Jennifer Clifford | Monthly Outings Manager | The History List | History Camp

Photo Credit: Nancy Blanton

The museum had the pleasure of hosting a special tour for a fantastic group from The History List this past Saturday, Fe...
02/26/2019

The museum had the pleasure of hosting a special tour for a fantastic group from The History List this past Saturday, February 23.

Bring your group to the Dallin Museum! We welcome groups of all ages and interests to experience the beauty of Cyrus Dal...
01/10/2019

Bring your group to the Dallin Museum! We welcome groups of all ages and interests to experience the beauty of Cyrus Dallin's sculptures and the fascinating stories behind them with a knowledgeable, friendly docent. Contact Nancy Blanton, [email protected] for more info!

Here are some photos of the Menotomy Hunter statue during and after restoration. The Hunter’s original verdigris (green)...
01/08/2019

Here are some photos of the Menotomy Hunter statue during and after restoration. The Hunter’s original verdigris (green) patina had faded and the top of the bow was missing. Conservators from Skylight Studios in Woburn conducted the restoration, and Dallin Museum staff consulted on the project.

In the summer of 1970, James McGough opened a barbershop opposite Arlington Town Hall. He was curious who created the ic...
01/03/2019

In the summer of 1970, James McGough opened a barbershop opposite Arlington Town Hall. He was curious who created the iconic flagstaff adjacent to the Town Hall and asked customers about it. So began the journey to found the Cyrus Dallin art museum.

#ThrowbackThursday #20thAnniversary

#ThrowbackThursday to greener, warmer times at our annual Art on the Green event
12/27/2018

#ThrowbackThursday to greener, warmer times at our annual Art on the Green event

The Dallin Museum’s 2018 Summer Soiree was a great success! Thanks to everyone involved, we raised $23,000 to support mu...
12/20/2018

The Dallin Museum’s 2018 Summer Soiree was a great success! Thanks to everyone involved, we raised $23,000 to support museum programs, collections care, and operations.

Check out this eagle on the Robbins Memorial Flagstaff before and after restoration. We are very grateful to Assistant T...
12/19/2018

Check out this eagle on the Robbins Memorial Flagstaff before and after restoration. We are very grateful to Assistant Town Manager Jim Feeney, Town of Arlington, MA, Skylight Studios, Inc. and Kevin Duffy for your efforts to restore this Dallin work!

At the grand opening of the museum, Bob Dallin surprised the board with the gift of a portrait bust of “Crombie Sawyer D...
12/13/2018

At the grand opening of the museum, Bob Dallin surprised the board with the gift of a portrait bust of “Crombie Sawyer Dallin” (himself) as a child. Today this sculpture lives in the Family room of the museum.

#ThrowbackThursday

Pictured Left to Right: Nora Frank, Geri Tremblay, David Formanek, Richard Bowler, Joe Aurelio, Jonathan Finer, Linda Olsen

We are grateful for supporters like Mirak Automotive Group, who help our museum continue to thrive. In Rob Mirak's words...
12/11/2018

We are grateful for supporters like Mirak Automotive Group, who help our museum continue to thrive. In Rob Mirak's words, "Without arts, what would any community be?...I think young students can have pride in their town when they learn about the legacy of Cyrus Dallin. I think [the Dallin Museum] is just a great space for education, exploration and growth." Thanks Rob!!

At the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday speaking with the curators about Cyrus Dallin's activism for Native rights and the ...
11/15/2018

At the Museum of Fine Arts yesterday speaking with the curators about Cyrus Dallin's activism for Native rights and the need for public interpretation of his Appeal to the Great Spirit. Native friends, what are your thoughts on the statue?

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's cover photo
09/14/2018

Cyrus Dallin Art Museum's cover photo

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02474

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