Buttonwoods Museum

Buttonwoods Museum The Buttonwoods tells the story of life in the Merrimack Valley. Visit the John Ward House, the Duncan House and the Daniel Hunkins Shoe Shop.
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Experience our hands-on education and outreach programs that make this unique history come alive. Winter Hours (November 1 to April 30): Closed for tours. Open for special events, programs, and by appointment. Summer Hours (May 1 to October 31): Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM-5PM, Sundays 12-5PM

Operating as usual

Photos from Creative Haverhill's post
06/26/2021

Photos from Creative Haverhill's post

Did you know that we have a tour of our museum available online? Whether you are around the block or halfway across the ...
06/25/2021

Did you know that we have a tour of our museum available online? Whether you are around the block or halfway across the country, you can learn about the historic buildings and collections that we preserve at the Buttonwoods Museum!

Click this link to open the tour in your browser: https://theclio.com/entry/21481/tour
You can also find the Buttonwoods Museum tour directly in the Clio app.

Did you know that we have a tour of our museum available online? Whether you are around the block or halfway across the country, you can learn about the historic buildings and collections that we preserve at the Buttonwoods Museum!

Click this link to open the tour in your browser: https://theclio.com/entry/21481/tour
You can also find the Buttonwoods Museum tour directly in the Clio app.

Fairy wings 🧚‍♀️ flower crowns 👑 and glitter galore ✨ could be seen at our Fairy Garden Party last week!
06/24/2021

Fairy wings 🧚‍♀️ flower crowns 👑 and glitter galore ✨ could be seen at our Fairy Garden Party last week!

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoy these daylilies from our courtyard!
06/21/2021

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoy these daylilies from our courtyard!

Happy Monday! We hope you enjoy these daylilies from our courtyard!

Registration closes end of day tomorrow!Children will use sunlight to capture a fairy "photo" and make a fairy garden to...
06/13/2021

Registration closes end of day tomorrow!

Children will use sunlight to capture a fairy "photo" and make a fairy garden to take home. There will also be time to eat fairy snacks and get lost in a fairy story.

Fairy costumes are encouraged!

This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 accompanied by a caregiver. Children and caregivers will rotate through the activity stations to ensure social distancing. Masks will be required while indoors.

Cost: $15 per child / $10 for members

Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register visit http://www.buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php Registration is open through June 14th.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Registration closes end of day tomorrow!

Children will use sunlight to capture a fairy "photo" and make a fairy garden to take home. There will also be time to eat fairy snacks and get lost in a fairy story.

Fairy costumes are encouraged!

This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 accompanied by a caregiver. Children and caregivers will rotate through the activity stations to ensure social distancing. Masks will be required while indoors.

Cost: $15 per child / $10 for members

Spaces are limited and registration is required. To register visit http://www.buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php Registration is open through June 14th.

Questions? Email [email protected].

06/13/2021

Today is the last day to see our Annual Open Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum!
The Museum opens at noon. At 2:00 there will be a presentation of the Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship Award as well as awards from the exhibit. At 2:15, GHAA President Ann Jones will be giving a "Talking Pictures" slide presentation on the GHAA past and present. Hope to see you there!!

(Painting by Susan Kneeland)

Did you know that children's fairy gardens were popular at many  Victorian homes like the Duncan House?At our Fairy Gard...
06/10/2021

Did you know that children's fairy gardens were popular at many Victorian homes like the Duncan House?

At our Fairy Garden Party, children will have a chance to make their own fairy garden to take home! 🧚‍♀️🌼🍄

Register for the Fairy Garden Party here: http://buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php

Registration is open through June 14!

Did you know that children's fairy gardens were popular at many Victorian homes like the Duncan House?

At our Fairy Garden Party, children will have a chance to make their own fairy garden to take home! 🧚‍♀️🌼🍄

Register for the Fairy Garden Party here: http://buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php

Registration is open through June 14!

Join the Buttonwoods Museum for two upcoming outdoor tours of local cemeteries!🪦 Bradford Burial Ground, Saturday, June ...
06/10/2021

Join the Buttonwoods Museum for two upcoming outdoor tours of local cemeteries!

🪦 Bradford Burial Ground, Saturday, June 12 at 12pm

🪦 Pentucket Burial Ground, Tuesday, June 15 at 1pm

To register email inf[email protected] or call (978)374-4626.

*All current state and local COVID-19 protocols regarding masks and social distancing must be followed.

**In case of inclement weather tours may be rescheduled.

Image: Headstone at Pentucket Burial Ground

Join the Buttonwoods Museum for two upcoming outdoor tours of local cemeteries!

🪦 Bradford Burial Ground, Saturday, June 12 at 12pm

🪦 Pentucket Burial Ground, Tuesday, June 15 at 1pm

To register email [email protected] or call (978)374-4626.

*All current state and local COVID-19 protocols regarding masks and social distancing must be followed.

**In case of inclement weather tours may be rescheduled.

Image: Headstone at Pentucket Burial Ground

06/10/2021

Only four more days to see our Annual Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum!

Join us at the Museum on Sunday at 2:00 for awards and the presentation of the Robert Gablosky Memorial Scholarship and at 2:15 for Ann Jones' "Talking Picture Show".

Painting by Kate Bozio

06/09/2021

This is the last week to see our Annual Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum! Stop by during regular museum hours to see wonderful work from local artists like this amazing painting from Cheryl Flatley:

06/05/2021

Here is another preview of the art included in our Annual Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum from May 30 until June 13. This painting is by Katrina Heisler.

In 1917 two young girls took the first in a series of five fairy photos in Cottingley, England. The photos captured the ...
06/05/2021

In 1917 two young girls took the first in a series of five fairy photos in Cottingley, England. The photos captured the imagination and many debated whether the images were genuine or a hoax.

At our Fairy Garden Party, children will have a chance to capture their own fairy "photo" using cyanotype paper and sunlight! 🧚‍♀️☀️

Learn more about and register for the Fairy Garden Party here: http://buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php

Registration is open through June 14!

In 1917 two young girls took the first in a series of five fairy photos in Cottingley, England. The photos captured the imagination and many debated whether the images were genuine or a hoax.

At our Fairy Garden Party, children will have a chance to capture their own fairy "photo" using cyanotype paper and sunlight! 🧚‍♀️☀️

Learn more about and register for the Fairy Garden Party here: http://buttonwoods.org/Fairy-Garden.php

Registration is open through June 14!

06/02/2021

Our GHAA Annual Exhibition is being held May 30 - June 13 at the Buttonwoods Museum during regular museum hours. Be sure to stop by and check out the exhibit to see more wonderful art like this piece by Joshua Peterman.

Come join us for a tour this weekend!
06/02/2021
Buttonwoods Museum Brings Back its Seasonal, Free Guided Tours This Week

Come join us for a tour this weekend!

Haverhill’s Buttonwoods Museum kicks off its seasonal free guided tours this week. Buttonwoods tour guide Doug Jenkins conducts a tour of historic Elmwood Cemetery Saturday, June 5, at noon. Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes as the cemetery’s ground is uneven. On Sunday, June

06/01/2021

Here is another preview of the art included in our Annual Exhibit at the Buttonwoods Museum from May 30 until June 13. This painting is by Rosanne DiStefano.

Make your way over to the museum for the June Art Walk! (Saturday, June 12, 3-7pm)
06/01/2021

Make your way over to the museum for the June Art Walk! (Saturday, June 12, 3-7pm)

June Art Walk is just two short weeks away! We are excited to share with you this month's lineup! We'll be highlighting a participant every day leading up to the event on Saturday, June 12th!

We'll kick it off with Buttonwoods Museum! Greater Haverhill Arts Association is celebrating 50 years with their annual members show at this historic location at 240 Water Street.

05/27/2021

Our GHAA Annual Exhibition will be in person May 30 - June 13 at the Buttonwoods Museum during regular museum hours. Be sure to stop by and check out this exhibit to see more wonderful art like this beautiful painting by Tracy Meola!

The library's Outreach Van will be visiting us today!
05/25/2021

The library's Outreach Van will be visiting us today!

Our Outreach Van will bet at Buttonwoods Museum tomorrow afternoon! We have lots of fun library swag to giveaway, and you can check out books even if you do not have a library card. @ButtonwoodsMuseum

Looks like beautiful weather for the next few days 🌞Stop by the museum's Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center dur...
05/18/2021

Looks like beautiful weather for the next few days 🌞

Stop by the museum's Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center during regular open hours to browse brochures and information about cultural sites of interest throughout Essex County and get exploring!

Looks like beautiful weather for the next few days 🌞

Stop by the museum's Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center during regular open hours to browse brochures and information about cultural sites of interest throughout Essex County and get exploring!

Have you registered your team yet for our Virtual Scavenger Hunt later this month? All teams will be automatically enter...
05/14/2021

Have you registered your team yet for our Virtual Scavenger Hunt later this month? All teams will be automatically entered into all raffle drawings and get a shot at winning the grand prize!

We are so grateful for all the local businesses that have provided raffle prizes, as well as for our sponsors Jay Cleary and Jay Flynn.

Registration is $50 per team. Visit http://buttonwoods.org/Hunt.php to register your team and to pay your entry fee. Advanced registration is required.

Have you registered your team yet for our Virtual Scavenger Hunt later this month? All teams will be automatically entered into all raffle drawings and get a shot at winning the grand prize!

We are so grateful for all the local businesses that have provided raffle prizes, as well as for our sponsors Jay Cleary and Jay Flynn.

Registration is $50 per team. Visit http://buttonwoods.org/Hunt.php to register your team and to pay your entry fee. Advanced registration is required.

#DidYouKnow that May is National Preservation Month? Haverhill is home to SIX Historic Districts listed on the National ...
05/13/2021

#DidYouKnow that May is National Preservation Month?

Haverhill is home to SIX Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of which is the Washington Street Shoe District. Test your knowledge of this district with this Architectural Scavenger Hunt!

Walk Washington Street and Wingate Street looking for the picture and text clues. You’ll be an expert in industrial-style Queen Anne architecture by the end of your journey. Note down the building or location of each feature so that you can check your answers later!

1 . Find the phoenix rising from the ashes.

2. Find some women's boots.

3. Find the tower on a building that looks like a castle.

4. Find a star made of metal.

5. Find windows topped by sunbursts.

6. Find a building with a roof topped by a triangle.

7. Find a building with two semi oval arches were windows once were.

8. Find a building with this unique windowpane pattern on the second floor.

9. Find a building with lion's heads lining the roofline.

10. Find a building with both yellow and red brick.

HINT: Our route began in Washington Square and walked up Essex Street, down Wingate Street and then around and down Washington Street ending back at Washington Square.

The Answer Key is posted on the #MuseumFromHome page on our website (http://buttonwoods.org/MuseumFromHome.html). Tell us in the comments how many you were able to find!

You can support the Buttonwoods and have some fun this month on May 23rd! $50 per team includes automatic entry into all...
05/11/2021

You can support the Buttonwoods and have some fun this month on May 23rd! $50 per team includes automatic entry into all raffles and a shot to win the grand prize for the winner!

Visit buttonwoods.org to register your team and to pay your entry fee. Advanced registration is required.

You can support the Buttonwoods and have some fun this month on May 23rd! $50 per team includes automatic entry into all raffles and a shot to win the grand prize for the winner!

Visit buttonwoods.org to register your team and to pay your entry fee. Advanced registration is required.

Please join Buttonwoods Museum Tour Guides for another season of tours!Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m.    Bradford Burial Gr...
05/11/2021

Please join Buttonwoods Museum Tour Guides for another season of tours!

Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. Bradford Burial Ground
Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. Pentucket Burial Ground
Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. Bradford Common

Wednesday, June 2 at 12 p.m. Bradford Common
Saturday, June 5 at 12 p.m. Elmwood Cemetery
Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. Linwood Cemetery
Saturday, June 12 at 12 p.m. Bradford Burial Ground
Tuesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. Pentucket Burial Ground
Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m. Bradford Common

To register email [email protected] or call (978)374-4626.

*All current state and local COVID-19 protocols regarding masks and social distancing must be followed.

**In case of inclement weather tours may be rescheduled.

Image: Pentucket Burial Ground, October 2020.

Please join Buttonwoods Museum Tour Guides for another season of tours!

Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. Bradford Burial Ground
Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. Pentucket Burial Ground
Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. Bradford Common

Wednesday, June 2 at 12 p.m. Bradford Common
Saturday, June 5 at 12 p.m. Elmwood Cemetery
Sunday, June 6 at 3 p.m. Linwood Cemetery
Saturday, June 12 at 12 p.m. Bradford Burial Ground
Tuesday, June 15 at 1 p.m. Pentucket Burial Ground
Saturday, June 19 at 1 p.m. Bradford Common

To register email [email protected] or call (978)374-4626.

*All current state and local COVID-19 protocols regarding masks and social distancing must be followed.

**In case of inclement weather tours may be rescheduled.

Image: Pentucket Burial Ground, October 2020.

Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Why not get her one of our great jigsaw puzzles!Each 500-piece puzzle costs $...
05/06/2021

Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Why not get her one of our great jigsaw puzzles!

Each 500-piece puzzle costs $25. The net proceeds help pay for the Buttonwoods Museum's expenses to maintain the museum properties and protect Greater Haverhill’s history!

You can order online at buttonwoods.org and pick the puzzle up at the museum at 240 Water Street, Haverhill. Or just come by during normal museum hours to purchase! Museum hours are 10am-5pm today, Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

Get both puzzles and keep mom really busy!

Not sure what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Why not get her one of our great jigsaw puzzles!

Each 500-piece puzzle costs $25. The net proceeds help pay for the Buttonwoods Museum's expenses to maintain the museum properties and protect Greater Haverhill’s history!

You can order online at buttonwoods.org and pick the puzzle up at the museum at 240 Water Street, Haverhill. Or just come by during normal museum hours to purchase! Museum hours are 10am-5pm today, Friday and Saturday, and 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

Get both puzzles and keep mom really busy!

Photos from Greater Haverhill Arts Association's post
05/05/2021

Photos from Greater Haverhill Arts Association's post

Dear Friends of the Buttonwoods Musem,To say the past year has been a challenge for us all is an understatement. Numerou...
05/04/2021

Dear Friends of the Buttonwoods Musem,

To say the past year has been a challenge for us all is an understatement. Numerous museums and nonprofit organizations have financially suffered tremendously and have had to shut down.

However, despite a brief closure and reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buttonwoods Museum pivoted to provide virtual services such as school programs, video highlight tours, activity packets, and a library of self-guided walking and driving tours accessible on our website. Our outdoor, guided tours in August and September were popular too.

As we embark on our 124th year of serving the Greater Haverhill community, please consider making a donation to the Buttonwoods Museum Annual Appeal to maintain these high-quality services. The museum depends on the generosity of donors like you who make it possible for us to enrich the lives of local community members by inspiring an interest in the history of Greater Haverhill.

Since 1897, individuals and businesses in Greater Haverhill have continued a long-standing tradition of generosity of the Buttonwoods Museum. With your assistance, we cautiously look ahead in 2021 to reopening the Museum and seeing history lovers like you safely walk through our doors once again for events, exhibits, children's programs and tours.

This Annual Appeal request comes at a critical time. In order for the Buttonwoods to continue to preserve your history, we kindly ask for your tax-deductible donation today.

Please send your check payable to the Buttonwoods Museum to 240 Water Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. For secure online donations using a credit or debit card, please visit our website at http://buttonwoods.org/donate.html.

We are so grateful for your gift and the difference it can make! Thank you for your support. And we hope that we will all be able to gather safely in the year ahead as we Connect with History Together.

Sincerely,
Buttonwoods Museum Board of Trustees

P.S. We love to receive matching gifts too! Please contact your company's HR department for a matching gift form, and include the completed form with your donation.

Board of Trustees: James Flynn, President; Eamonn Bradley, Vice President; Jim Smith, Treasurer; Barbara Stickland, Secretary; Jay Cleary (Past President); Dan Meader (Past President); Melinda Barrett; Kathleen Dacey; Jim Rubera.

Dear Friends of the Buttonwoods Musem,

To say the past year has been a challenge for us all is an understatement. Numerous museums and nonprofit organizations have financially suffered tremendously and have had to shut down.

However, despite a brief closure and reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Buttonwoods Museum pivoted to provide virtual services such as school programs, video highlight tours, activity packets, and a library of self-guided walking and driving tours accessible on our website. Our outdoor, guided tours in August and September were popular too.

As we embark on our 124th year of serving the Greater Haverhill community, please consider making a donation to the Buttonwoods Museum Annual Appeal to maintain these high-quality services. The museum depends on the generosity of donors like you who make it possible for us to enrich the lives of local community members by inspiring an interest in the history of Greater Haverhill.

Since 1897, individuals and businesses in Greater Haverhill have continued a long-standing tradition of generosity of the Buttonwoods Museum. With your assistance, we cautiously look ahead in 2021 to reopening the Museum and seeing history lovers like you safely walk through our doors once again for events, exhibits, children's programs and tours.

This Annual Appeal request comes at a critical time. In order for the Buttonwoods to continue to preserve your history, we kindly ask for your tax-deductible donation today.

Please send your check payable to the Buttonwoods Museum to 240 Water Street, Haverhill, MA 01830. For secure online donations using a credit or debit card, please visit our website at http://buttonwoods.org/donate.html.

We are so grateful for your gift and the difference it can make! Thank you for your support. And we hope that we will all be able to gather safely in the year ahead as we Connect with History Together.

Sincerely,
Buttonwoods Museum Board of Trustees

P.S. We love to receive matching gifts too! Please contact your company's HR department for a matching gift form, and include the completed form with your donation.

Board of Trustees: James Flynn, President; Eamonn Bradley, Vice President; Jim Smith, Treasurer; Barbara Stickland, Secretary; Jay Cleary (Past President); Dan Meader (Past President); Melinda Barrett; Kathleen Dacey; Jim Rubera.

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240 Water St
Haverhill, MA
01830

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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(978) 374-4626

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As of March 2020, the Museum and Visitor Center are closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check our pinned Facebook post for up-to-date information on our public program offerings. __________________________

Winter Hours (November 1 to April 30):

Open for special events, programs, and by appointment.

Closed for tours.

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Thanks so much for the walking tour of Linwood Cemetery. Jill did a great job!
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