Somerville Museum

Somerville Museum Founded in 1897, the Somerville Museum was originally the Somerville Historical Society. It changed its name and function to the Somerville Museum in 1988.

The Museum is a non-profit and volunteer run. Open hours during the course of exhibit and special Donate today! http://www.razoo.com/story/Somerville-Museum

Operating as usual

Hand-picked by Theodore Roosevelt to be his successor, William Howard Taft (1857–1930) was the only person to serve as b...
10/05/2021

Hand-picked by Theodore Roosevelt to be his successor, William Howard Taft (1857–1930) was the only person to serve as both president of the United States and chief justice of the Supreme. Court. An Ohio native, Taft also had ties to Massachusetts, where he owned a summer home in Beverly. Taft’s July 4th, 1910 visit – the first-ever by a sitting president--with nearly 200,000 people clogging the streets.

Visit the Penny Chronicles exhibit this week to learn about the history of Somerville through the medium of the vintage postcard. Learn more here: https://www.somervillemuseum.org/postcard-show

Visit us this week:
Thursday, 2-7 pm
Friday, 2-5 pm
Saturday, 12-5 pm

Admission:$5/person; Museum members free.

COVID 19 Update: To keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we require everyone to wear a mask indoors. We will be closely following updates on local and state regulations.

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Have you checked out our current exhibition “Penny Chronicles?” This show is a snapshot of Somerville history through th...
09/30/2021

Have you checked out our current exhibition “Penny Chronicles?” This show is a snapshot of Somerville history through the medium of the vintage postcard. As part of the exhibition we have a vintage 19th c. stereoscope from our collection and the only known stereoscope image of the Round House (courtesy of E.R. Butler)

We’re open today until 7pm, Fridays from 2-5pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

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Have you checked out our current exhibition “Penny Chronicles?” This show is a snapshot of Somerville history through the medium of the vintage postcard. As part of the exhibition we have a vintage 19th c. stereoscope from our collection and the only known stereoscope image of the Round House (courtesy of E.R. Butler)

We’re open today until 7pm, Fridays from 2-5pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm.

#roundhouse #somervillemuseum #accessforall #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Every wonder what a Palladian window is? Check out our newest blog post to learn where it came from and why we're reinst...
09/30/2021

Every wonder what a Palladian window is? Check out our newest blog post to learn where it came from and why we're reinstalling one at the Somerville Museum.

http://somervillemuseum.org/accessforall/
http://somervillemuseum.org/blog/

#palladianwindow #somervillemuseum #accessforall #thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Every wonder what a Palladian window is? Check out our newest blog post to learn where it came from and why we're reinstalling one at the Somerville Museum.

http://somervillemuseum.org/accessforall/
http://somervillemuseum.org/blog/

#palladianwindow #somervillemuseum #accessforall #thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Did you know that the Somerville High School was initially built in 1895? A new connected building recently opened - thi...
09/28/2021

Did you know that the Somerville High School was initially built in 1895? A new connected building recently opened - this new complex is 396,000 square feet (36,800 m2) with a capacity for 1,590 students.

Our current exhibit, Penny Chronicles, celebrates the history of Somerville through the medium of the vintage postcard, such as the one's pictures here.

To learn more about the Penny Chronicles exhibition: http://somervillemuseum.org/postcard-show/

Visit us this week during the following hours:
Thursday 30th, 2-7 pm
Friday 1st, 2-5 pm
Saturday 2nd, 12-5 pm

Admission:$5/person; Museum members free.
Tickets can be purchased online or in person.

COVID 19 Update: To keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we require everyone to wear a mask indoors. We will be closely following updates on local and state regulations.

#boston #art #history #museum #somerville #boston #somervillemuseum #pennychronicles #accessforall #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Have you seen the postcard wall? Our current exhibition, Penny Chronicles, is a snapshot of history through the medium o...
09/25/2021

Have you seen the postcard wall? Our current exhibition, Penny Chronicles, is a snapshot of history through the medium of the vintage postcard. We’re open today until 5pm. Come check it out!

#pennychronicles #somervillemuseum #accessforall #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Have you seen the postcard wall? Our current exhibition, Penny Chronicles, is a snapshot of history through the medium of the vintage postcard. We’re open today until 5pm. Come check it out!

#pennychronicles #somervillemuseum #accessforall #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Have you checked out the digital A/R frames around the city yet? The Somernova Art Project promotes local artwork and cu...
09/25/2021

Have you checked out the digital A/R frames around the city yet? The Somernova Art Project promotes local artwork and cultural organizations. Sponsored by Somernova and designed by Mieko Murao this is a must see! Frames can be found at Somerville Media Center - SMC, @Somernova, Bow Market, the Somerville Museum and the art house in Powderhouse.

Jessica Eshleman of Union Square Main Streets checks out the virtual work of Mieko Murao in our windows. So happy the be part of Fluff Festival - Union Square with Somernova and the Somerville Museum.

09/23/2021

Part-time (average 4 hours/week).
Be available on-call for building requirements (evenings and/or weekends as required). It may be necessary to respond to off-hours emergencies one or two times per year.
Note: The Somerville Museum building, built in 1924, at 1 Westwood Road, Somerville has been recently renovated with a new elevator and redesigned basement layout.
Familiar with building heating, mechanical, or electrical systems.
Light snow removal may be required.
For more information and details: https://www.hireculture.org/jobdetails.aspx?job_id=39594

Our very own Adda Maria Santos is at the AASLH conference as an award winner for the Basement Project! The Basement Proj...
09/23/2021

Our very own Adda Maria Santos is at the AASLH conference as an award winner for the Basement Project! The Basement Project is a collaboration between the Somerville Museum and the Local History Club at the Somerville High School, led by Adda Santos. This year, the Museum, students, and Adda won the 2021 Leadership in History Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History! Adda is representing all of us at the event and we couldn't be more proud of her, the students, and this bi-annual project!

#aaslh #basementproject #localhistoryclub #somervillemuseum

Our very own Adda Maria Santos is at the AASLH conference as an award winner for the Basement Project! The Basement Project is a collaboration between the Somerville Museum and the Local History Club at the Somerville High School, led by Adda Santos. This year, the Museum, students, and Adda won the 2021 Leadership in History Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History! Adda is representing all of us at the event and we couldn't be more proud of her, the students, and this bi-annual project!

#aaslh #basementproject #localhistoryclub #somervillemuseum

Check out our new blog post for all the latest updates on the renovation project, Access for All & More Campaign. If you...
09/23/2021

Check out our new blog post for all the latest updates on the renovation project, Access for All & More Campaign. If you missed our 'My neighbor is a museum' Block Party this past Saturday, you can still donate to the campaign online or in person. Stop by the Museum this week to check out the current exhibition, pick up some Tower root beer and other merchandise items!

http://somervillemuseum.org/accessforall/
http://somervillemuseum.org/blog/

*Photos of Block Party taken by Ron Newman

#blockparty #somervillemuseum #accessforall #thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Visit the Museum this week to see a miniature replica of the Round House as part of the Penny Chronicles exhibition, cur...
09/22/2021

Visit the Museum this week to see a miniature replica of the Round House as part of the Penny Chronicles exhibition, currently on view. The Round House is a cylindrical, wood-frame residential building at 36 Atherton Street; it was built in 1856 by hardware manufacturer Enoch Robinson.

Hours this week are as follows:
Thursday 9th, 2-7 pm
Friday 10th, 2-5 pm
Saturday 11th, 12-5 pm

Admission:$5/person; Museum members free.

COVID 19 Update: To keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we will require everyone to wear a mask indoors. We will be closely following updates on local and state regulations.

#boston #art #history #museum #somerville #boston #somervillemuseum #pennychronicles #accessforall #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Visit the Museum this week to see a miniature replica of the Round House as part of the Penny Chronicles exhibition, currently on view. The Round House is a cylindrical, wood-frame residential building at 36 Atherton Street; it was built in 1856 by hardware manufacturer Enoch Robinson.

Hours this week are as follows:
Thursday 9th, 2-7 pm
Friday 10th, 2-5 pm
Saturday 11th, 12-5 pm

Admission:$5/person; Museum members free.

COVID 19 Update: To keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe, we will require everyone to wear a mask indoors. We will be closely following updates on local and state regulations.

#boston #art #history #museum #somerville #boston #somervillemuseum #pennychronicles #accessforall #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Enjoy Machupicchu's amazing food available for purchase this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is...
09/17/2021

Enjoy Machupicchu's amazing food available for purchase this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is a Museum Block Party.

There will also be live music, local artwork, raffles, and games!

Music: Jan Marie and the Mean Reds, Raynel Shepard & the Joe Reid Trio, Rook Murao and local DJs, Honk! with Ghost Town

Raffle + Art Sale: We have some great raffle prizes, including gift cards to Spindler Confectioners and annual memberships to LegoLand (to name a few)! We're also organizing an art sale by local artists. So, there will be plenty of opportunities to support your neighborhood museum, local businesses, and artists.
Admission: The Block Party is free and open to all! There is a $5 admission to view the Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell exhibition inside the Museum; members are free.

#blockparty #somervillemuseum #accessforall #machuchicken#thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Enjoy Machupicchu's amazing food available for purchase this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is a Museum Block Party.

There will also be live music, local artwork, raffles, and games!

Music: Jan Marie and the Mean Reds, Raynel Shepard & the Joe Reid Trio, Rook Murao and local DJs, Honk! with Ghost Town

Raffle + Art Sale: We have some great raffle prizes, including gift cards to Spindler Confectioners and annual memberships to LegoLand (to name a few)! We're also organizing an art sale by local artists. So, there will be plenty of opportunities to support your neighborhood museum, local businesses, and artists.
Admission: The Block Party is free and open to all! There is a $5 admission to view the Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell exhibition inside the Museum; members are free.

#blockparty #somervillemuseum #accessforall #machuchicken#thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Come get your very own piece of history (i.e. Tower Root Beer) at our Block Party event on Saturday from 3-7pm! (photo t...
09/17/2021

Come get your very own piece of history (i.e. Tower Root Beer) at our Block Party event on Saturday from 3-7pm!

(photo taken by our wonderful intern Jier Yang)

#towersoda #blockparty #accessforall #somervillemuseum #accessforall #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Come get your very own piece of history (i.e. Tower Root Beer) at our Block Party event on Saturday from 3-7pm!

(photo taken by our wonderful intern Jier Yang)

#towersoda #blockparty #accessforall #somervillemuseum #accessforall #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Check out our new blog post for all the latest updates on the renovation project, Access for All & More Campaign, and ot...
09/16/2021

Check out our new blog post for all the latest updates on the renovation project, Access for All & More Campaign, and other updates about our 'My neighbor is a museum' Block Party happening this Saturday, 9/18 from 3–7 p.m.!

http://somervillemuseum.org/blog/

http://somervillemuseum.org/accessforall/
http://somervillemuseum.org/postcard-show/

#blockparty #somervillemuseum #accessforall #thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Check out our new blog post for all the latest updates on the renovation project, Access for All & More Campaign, and other updates about our 'My neighbor is a museum' Block Party happening this Saturday, 9/18 from 3–7 p.m.!

http://somervillemuseum.org/blog/

http://somervillemuseum.org/accessforall/
http://somervillemuseum.org/postcard-show/

#blockparty #somervillemuseum #accessforall #thisisyourmuseum #pennychronicles #somerville #museums #art #history #arthistory #community #somervillehistory #boston #cambridge #smallmuseumforthefuture #pastandpresent #somervilleisthebest #museum #exhibits #museumsatevents

Join us this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is a Museum Block Party' to help fundraise our Acc...
09/15/2021

Join us this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is a Museum Block Party' to help fundraise our Access for All & More Campaign, which supports making our 100-year old building more accessible. Food and drinks will be available from Winter Hill Brewing, Machu Picchu, and Christine's Cotton Candy!

There will also be live music, local artwork, raffles, and games!

Music: Jan Marie and the Mean Reds, Raynel Shepard & the Joe Reid Trio, Rook Murao and local DJs, Honk! with Ghost Town

Raffle + Art Sale: We have some great raffle prizes, including gift cards to Spindler Confectioners and annual memberships to LegoLand (to name a few)! We're also organizing an art sale by local artists. So, there will be plenty of opportunities to support your neighborhood museum, local businesses, and artists.

Admission: The Block Party is free and open to all! There is a $5 admission to view the Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell exhibition inside the Museum; members are free.

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Join us this Saturday, September 18th, from 3-7 pm for a 'My Neighbor is a Museum Block Party' to help fundraise our Access for All & More Campaign, which supports making our 100-year old building more accessible. Food and drinks will be available from Winter Hill Brewing, Machu Picchu, and Christine's Cotton Candy!

There will also be live music, local artwork, raffles, and games!

Music: Jan Marie and the Mean Reds, Raynel Shepard & the Joe Reid Trio, Rook Murao and local DJs, Honk! with Ghost Town

Raffle + Art Sale: We have some great raffle prizes, including gift cards to Spindler Confectioners and annual memberships to LegoLand (to name a few)! We're also organizing an art sale by local artists. So, there will be plenty of opportunities to support your neighborhood museum, local businesses, and artists.

Admission: The Block Party is free and open to all! There is a $5 admission to view the Penny Chronicles and the Stories They Tell exhibition inside the Museum; members are free.

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Friday 2pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

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As the only membership supported, community-based cultural institution of its kind in Somerville, the Somerville Museum is the City of Somerville's mirror, playing a central role in preserving the past, reflecting the present, and helping to shape the future of this diverse urban community of 76,000. Through its innovative programming, the Museum seeks to engage our audience in an on-going dialogue with local artists, scholars, and educators with the larger aim of fostering cultural education and understanding.

The Somerville Museum presents exhibitions featuring local visual arts, history and culture in the context of neighborhoods and community, as well as musical and dramatic performance series; develops hands-on history learning projects in collaboration with the Somerville Public School Department; and is available as a meeting place for local historical and cultural organizations.

The construction of the Museum's brick Federal Revival style building was begun in the 1920's to house the growing collections of the Somerville Historical Society. In the 1980's, sensing a wonderful opportunity for cultural revitalization, a handful of committed individuals raised the funds to restore and fully renovate the building. The result was the opening in 1988 of the Somerville Museum. The Museum is located on the corner of Central Street, the geographic midline of city maps, in the literal heart of Somerville's residential neighborhoods.

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May party! May party! Rah, rah, rah! Albion St 1953
Laura Linscott School of Dance in K of C building at Highland Ave and Central St. 1958
I stopped by your booth at ArtBeat. I was interested in learning about your programs. However,the person staffing the booth did not look up from their phone in their lap for the entire 3-4 minutes I stood there, and I did not feel comfortable interrupting. Please instruct your staff or volunteers to be fully present at such events, even when they are bored, and to keep phone use to emergencies only. Thank you.
Does anyone know why the city of Somerville owned part of Waltham at one time? This is part of a map of Waltham from 1900. Someone suggested that this land was used for Irish people who were exiled from Somerville. Link to the full map: https://www.city.waltham.ma.us/sites/walthamma/files/file/file/1900_plate_44.jpg