Wistariahurst Museum

Wistariahurst Museum Wistariahurst Museum is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, guided tours, exhibits and special events.
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Wistariahurst is an educational and cultural center owned and operated by the City of Holyoke and supported by Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Wistariahurst is dedicated to preserving Holyoke’s history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer and was built in 1874. Today, Wistariahurst offers a wide variety of public programs and events including: workshops, concerts, lectures and demonstrations and serves the community through educational programs, community partnerships, history projects, and outreach activities. More information is available at www.Wistariahurst.org

The Creative Arts Center is back at Wistariahurst this January with Monday quilting classes. Classes take place Monday m...
12/19/2019
Quilting with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center – Wistariahurst Museum

The Creative Arts Center is back at Wistariahurst this January with Monday quilting classes. Classes take place Monday mornings or evenings and run in four week sessions. Wistariahurst Foundation Members are eligible for the member discount on tuition!

Monday January 6, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm   Come quilt at Wistariahurst with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center. Would you like to hug someone in fabric? Make a quilt! This is an unstructured quilting class, for beginners and experienced quilters alike. It allows you to learn to quilt while you learn...

Have you heard the news? We are attempting to upgrade our fuse boxes, increase our voltage, and improve the lighting in ...
12/18/2019
It’s Time to Power Up – Wistariahurst Museum

Have you heard the news? We are attempting to upgrade our fuse boxes, increase our voltage, and improve the lighting in our Music Room in order to keep Wistariahurst safe and able to host incredible cultural performances for a long time to come.

Please consider The Wistariahurst Foundation in your year-end giving and stay tuned in the new year to find our more about supporting our efforts by attending events, volunteering, and more!

Wednesday December 18, 2019 - Tuesday March 31, 2020 12:00 am The Wistariahurst Foundation is spearheading a campaign to help Wistariahurst POWER UP in 2020 and we want YOU to be a part of it! THE PROJECT Our electrical system is degrading. Needed repairs include replacing old fuse boxes, bringing s...

Come join us at the Wistariahurst Museum for a solo soprano saxophone concert featuring Sam Newsome, presented by the Pi...
12/17/2019
Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares – Sam Newsome – Wistariahurst Museum

Come join us at the Wistariahurst Museum for a solo soprano saxophone concert featuring Sam Newsome, presented by the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares.

Thursday December 19, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents a solo soprano saxophone concert featuring Sam Newsome. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at www.jazzshares.org or at the door. About Sam Newsome New York-based saxophonist and composer Sam Newsome works p...

12/17/2019

Wistariahurst offices will be closed 12/17 due to inclement weather.

We still have a couple seated tickets available for our 4:00 p.m. performance of the Nutcracker & Sweets tomorrow, Frida...
12/12/2019
Nutcracker & Sweets: Friday 4:00pm – Wistariahurst Museum

We still have a couple seated tickets available for our 4:00 p.m. performance of the Nutcracker & Sweets tomorrow, Friday, December 13! Come spend the afternoon at Wistariahurst as dancers from the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet bring one of the most beloved holiday traditions to life!

Tickets for this Friday afternoon’s performance can be purchased at the link below.

https://wistariahurst.org/events/nutcracker-sweets-friday-400pm/

It's beginning to look a lot like Nutcracker! Did you know that this collaboration with Massachusetts Academy of Ballet ...
12/11/2019

It's beginning to look a lot like Nutcracker! Did you know that this collaboration with Massachusetts Academy of Ballet brings over 1,000 people through the museum in just three days' time? The annual holiday tradition showcases the hard work of the Academy's dancers while also raising money to support both the ballet school and Wistariahurst programs.

Over 60 volunteers show up to make this event run smoothly, we are assisted in keeping everyone safe over the weekend by our colleagues at DPW and the Fire Department, and we are grateful for the financial sponsorship of UMassFive College Credit Union, HG&E, and The Wistariahurst Foundation! Wow what an event! See you this weekend!

If you have not been by to see David Bowerman: Drawings, Paintings & Sculptures, this week is your last chance! This sho...
12/04/2019

If you have not been by to see David Bowerman: Drawings, Paintings & Sculptures, this week is your last chance! This show will be on display in the gallery through tomorrow, Thursday, December 5. Gallery hours for today and tomorrow are 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to check out these fantastic pieces!

12/03/2019

Due to the snow, Wistariahurst will have a delayed opening this morning, Tuesday, December 3. We expect to open by early afternoon. We encourage visitors to call 413-322-5660 before visiting for parking information.

This #GivingTuesday we could use your help! Please consider a gift of any size to our preservation fund, as we gear up t...
12/03/2019
Donate to The Wistariahurst Foundation – Wistariahurst Museum

This #GivingTuesday we could use your help! Please consider a gift of any size to our preservation fund, as we gear up to fix our aging electrical system in 2020.

Your gift will help us show community support and provide matching funds for hoped for grants.

Donate to The Wistariahurst FoundationFrom: $5.00 Wistariahurst is a property of the City of Holyoke, but our work is made possible by the support of Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst. Without the support of donations big and small, we would not be able to offer the wide array of school programs, co...

Wistariahurst will be closed Monday, December 2 due to snow. Stay safe and warm tomorrow!
12/02/2019

Wistariahurst will be closed Monday, December 2 due to snow. Stay safe and warm tomorrow!

We're participating in Museum Store Sunday at the Holyoke Mall! Come visit us (near Macy's) to pick up some great Wistar...
12/01/2019
Museum Store Sunday - Holyoke Mall

We're participating in Museum Store Sunday at the Holyoke Mall! Come visit us (near Macy's) to pick up some great Wistariahurst gifts for all of your friends!

On Sunday, December 1, 2019, Museum Store Sunday will host a global one-day annual shopping event from 11 am to 6 pm on the Lower Level near Macy’s. Museum Store Sunday offers a special shopping experience, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts. From books ...

Please note that Wistariahurst will be closed Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, December 1. No gallery viewing hour...
11/27/2019

Please note that Wistariahurst will be closed Wednesday, November 27 through Sunday, December 1. No gallery viewing hours will be available on November 28 and 29.

The following is the Thanksgiving Week Schedule for City Hall and City Hall annex:

Wednesday, November 27th: Closed
Thursday, November 28th (Thanksgiving): Closed
Friday, November 29th: Closed

We encourage you to plan accordingly.

The City's webpage (www.holyoke.org) is a great resource to view & pay your bills, order birth, death, & marriage certificates and much more!

Learning about Apple history and cider-making in early New England with Dennis Picard. Back in the day there were 3700 n...
11/19/2019

Learning about Apple history and cider-making in early New England with Dennis Picard. Back in the day there were 3700 named varieties of apples! 🍎 🍏

New items in the gift shop for the holiday season! Limited edition prints made for Wistariahurst by artist and Holyoke n...
11/19/2019

New items in the gift shop for the holiday season! Limited edition prints made for Wistariahurst by artist and Holyoke native Matt Reno.

We are so grateful to the crew from Six Flags New England who are at Wistariahurst today helping us clean the place from...
11/15/2019

We are so grateful to the crew from Six Flags New England who are at Wistariahurst today helping us clean the place from top to bottom - including giving the old lions a good scrub!

11/13/2019
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Curious to know the history of cider-making? Join us on Tuesday for Cider History with historian Dennis Picard who will introduce us to traditional New England cider making by sharing images, stories and history of cider making techniques that took place over the centuries.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged for this event. To RSVP, please use the form located at https://wistariahurst.org/events/a-drink-when-we-want-it-and-a-cup-for-a-thirsty-traveler/. Donations will be accepted at the door.

11/01/2019
Darkened Hallways at Wistariahurst Museum | Connecting Point | Oct. 31, 2019

One of our dedicated volunteers, Megan Johnson, recently visited WGBY to talk all things spooky at Wistariahurst. A long-time docent at Wistariahurst, Megan helped to design and lead this year's Darkened Hallways tours.

Megan talks about some of the creepy moments she's had at Wistariahurst over the years - we'd love to hear your stories of things that have gone bump in the Museum!

‘Tis the season to embrace all-things spooky and scary. Here in western Mass, locals can get their fright fix from Darkened Hallways at Wistariahurst Museum....

Thank you to the Holyoke High School Theater Company for transforming our space this weekend and thank you to everyone w...
10/28/2019
Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum scares hundreds of visitors

Thank you to the Holyoke High School Theater Company for transforming our space this weekend and thank you to everyone who came out to have some fun. Proceeds from the sold out tours will go towards Theater Company's December production of "Clue!" We know we can't wait to grab our tickets!

Just in time for Halloween, Holyoke’s Wistariahurst Museum spooked hundreds of visitors Saturday night as it was transformed into a haunted house.

Our drop-in self-guided tour season has now come to a close, but there are still many ways to experience Wistariahurst i...
10/27/2019
E-Newsletter Signup – Wistariahurst Museum

Our drop-in self-guided tour season has now come to a close, but there are still many ways to experience Wistariahurst in the coming months! Please click here to join our email list for information about upcoming programming, including concerts, workshops, and dance performances.
https://wistariahurst.org/e-newsletter-signup/

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Registration for Nov & Dec. quilting session with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center is open and there are still some spot...
10/21/2019
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Registration for Nov & Dec. quilting session with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center is open and there are still some spots left! What could be more cozy for the darkening days than a little quilting with friends?

Looking for something spooky to do this weekend? Tickets are still available for Haunted Wistariahurst!, a haunted house...
10/21/2019
Holyoke High Theater Company Presents: Haunted Wistariahurst! – Wistariahurst Museum

Looking for something spooky to do this weekend? Tickets are still available for Haunted Wistariahurst!, a haunted house presented by members of the Holyoke High School Theater Company. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Please click the link below to get your tickets today!

Saturday October 26, 2019 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm For one spooky night only the Holyoke High School Theater Company will take over the historic mansion at Wistariahurst to turn it into a fearsome and frightening haunted house for your Halloween delight! Special guest tour guides will take you through the...

Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories closes October 23! Weekly viewing hours are Sunday, Tuesday, and We...
10/19/2019

Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories closes October 23! Weekly viewing hours are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, noon – 4 p.m. and Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. Check out this fantastic exhibit by curated by scholar Erika Slocumb and funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Holyoke Local Cultural Council before it closes!

Come tour the beautiful Wistariahurst Museum, and learn the history of the Skinner family, as well as the history of the...
10/18/2019
Tour the Mansion – Wistariahurst Museum

Come tour the beautiful Wistariahurst Museum, and learn the history of the Skinner family, as well as the history of the Skinner silk mills here in Holyoke.

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adults $7 Students and Seniors $5 Members and Youth under 18 free In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join us as we explore the history....

In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills al...
10/17/2019
Tour the Mansion – Wistariahurst Museum

In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join us as we explore the history of the Skinner family, the industrial history of Holyoke, and all of the nooks and crannies of the historic estate this Sunday, October 20 at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00 p.m.
https://wistariahurst.org/events/tour-the-mansion-28/

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adults $7 Students and Seniors $5 Members and Youth under 18 free In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join us as we explore the history....

Stop in on October 20 to tour Wistariahurst with one of our docents! Tours begin at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00 p.m. For more ...
10/14/2019
Tour the Mansion – Wistariahurst Museum

Stop in on October 20 to tour Wistariahurst with one of our docents! Tours begin at 12:00, 1:30, and 3:00 p.m. For more information, please click the link below.
https://wistariahurst.org/events/tour-the-mansion-28/

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adults $7 Students and Seniors $5 Members and Youth under 18 free In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join us as we explore the history....

Guided tours of Wistariahurst are a great way to learn a little bit about Holyoke history and the history of the Skinner...
10/10/2019
Tour the Mansion – Wistariahurst Museum

Guided tours of Wistariahurst are a great way to learn a little bit about Holyoke history and the history of the Skinner Family! Drop in on October 20 at 12:00, 1:30, or 3:00 p.m. for a guided tour. For more information, please click the link below.

https://wistariahurst.org/events/tour-the-mansion-28/

Sunday October 20, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Adults $7 Students and Seniors $5 Members and Youth under 18 free In 1874, industrialist William Skinner moved his home from the hilltowns to Holyoke and opened his Skinner silk mills along the recently constructed canals. Join us as we explore the history....

10/09/2019

Wistariahurst will be closed to the public Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14. No self-guided tours or exhibit viewing hours will be offered.

Have you stopped by to visit Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories yet? Curated by Erika Slocumb and fund...
10/01/2019

Have you stopped by to visit Reliquary of Blackness: An Exhibit of Oral Histories yet? Curated by Erika Slocumb and funded in part by Mass Humanities and the Holyoke Local Cultural Council, this exhibit showcases some of the results of a two-year long project to document the history of Holyoke's Black residents. The exhibit will be on view through October 23rd, with weekly viewing hours Sunday, Tuesday,Wednesday, Noon – 4 p.m.; Mondays 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.; and by appointment (group visits may be scheduled outside public hours).

"Reliquary of Blackness," which marks the end of a two year oral history project by scholar Erika Slocumb, is on view th...
09/30/2019
Wistariahurst’s Reliquary of Blackness honors history of Holyoke’s black community

"Reliquary of Blackness," which marks the end of a two year oral history project by scholar Erika Slocumb, is on view through October 23rd. The exhibit showcases artifacts and memories donated by members of the Holyoke community in order to reveal the experience of Black folks in Holyoke in the mid-twentieth century.

All are invited to a closing event on October 17th, featuring individuals who participated in the oral history interviews along with the music of the Mtali Banda Oneness Project.

The oral history project was funded in part by Mass Humanities and the corresponding cultural events by the Holyoke Local Cultural Council.

Scholar Erika Slocumb's two-year research project is subject of exhibit through Oct. 23

Come join us once again for our quilting classes. Make yourself a scarf for the winter, or a gift for a family member!
09/28/2019
Quilting with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center – Wistariahurst Museum

Come join us once again for our quilting classes. Make yourself a scarf for the winter, or a gift for a family member!

Monday September 30, 2019 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Come quilt with the Holyoke Creative Arts Center! Would you like to hug someone in fabric? Make a quilt! This is an unstructured quilting class, for beginners and experienced quilters alike. It allows you to learn to quilt while you learn about various too...

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Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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