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

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In honor of Small Business Saturday, we're launching our online merchandise shop https://museumshop1842.square.site/shop...
11/27/2020

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we're launching our online merchandise shop https://museumshop1842.square.site/shop/merchandise/2.

This is a great opportunity to stock up on holiday gifts for all the friends and family in your life. From tote bags to maps, we have you covered. Museum memberships also make a great gift - purchase for yourself or a loved one and help support your local non-profit.

All Museum members get a 10% discount with promo code MEMBERDISCOUNT. If you're not yet a Museum member or haven't renewed for 2021, you can sign up today! http://somervillemuseum.org/join-html/

WEEK #2: Thursday, 11/26 – Thursday, 12/3Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this str...
11/26/2020

WEEK #2: Thursday, 11/26 – Thursday, 12/3

Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this street?

David Campbell has been painting Somerville for 40 years. An exhibition of his work, “The Art of Observation”, will soon be open to the public at the Somerville Museum. Some of the scenes in the 22 paintings and drawings no longer exist, some have changed, all are Somerville. Can you identify the location in the painting above? Each week for the next four weeks, the Somerville Museum will be offering a $25 gift card from a local business to one lucky winner who correctly identifies the scene; extra credit if you can correctly identify the year this scene was painted.

All guesses must be submitted via email at [email protected] each Thursday by 8pm. Winners will be notified by email and announced on social media. For more information check out our website at: http://somervillemuseum.org/2020/11/17/somerville-streets-trivia/

7ate9 Bakery Union Square Donuts Arts at the Armory

The Art of Observation Trivia: WEEK #1 WINNER!We received many guesses for our Week #1 trivia and our winner for the wee...
11/25/2020

The Art of Observation Trivia: WEEK #1 WINNER!

We received many guesses for our Week #1 trivia and our winner for the week is Marta Machado! Marta wins a gift card to @7ate9bakery

Our Week #2 image will be announced tomorrow and we look forward to all the guesses. Weekly prizes include gift cards to 7ate9 Bakery, Union Square Donuts and Arts at the Armory cafe.

The Somerville Museum is pleased to announce the third annual competition for Community Curators, one of whom will be se...
11/25/2020

The Somerville Museum is pleased to announce the third annual competition for Community Curators, one of whom will be selected to install their proposed exhibit in the Museum’s gallery spaces at 1 Westwood Road, Somerville, MA.

The applicant selected will also receive a seed grant of $2,500 towards exhibition costs. The Museum welcomes proposals and encourages applicants to visit both the Museum and its website at www.somervillemuseum.org in order to learn more about the Museum’s wide-ranging exhibition history.

For more details about the application process, including selection criteria, funding, and resources, please visit http://somervillemuseum.org/community-curators/ or contact [email protected].

WEEK #1: Thursday 11/19 – Thursday 11/26Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this stre...
11/24/2020

WEEK #1: Thursday 11/19 – Thursday 11/26

Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this street?

David Campbell has been painting Somerville for 40 years. An exhibition of his work, “The Art of Observation”, will soon be open to the public at the Somerville Museum. Some of the scenes in the 22 paintings and drawings no longer exist, some have changed, all are Somerville. Can you identify the location in the painting above? Each week for the next four weeks, the Somerville Museum will be offering a $25 gift card from a local business to one lucky winner who correctly identifies the scene; extra credit if you can correctly identify the year this scene was painted.

All guesses must be submitted via email at [email protected] each Thursday by 8pm. Winners will be notified by email and announced on social media. For more information check out our website at:

http://somervillemuseum.org/2020/11/17/somerville-streets-trivia/?fbclid=IwAR3ymwQP_plmxn2W6UOsGYumSmXtDHYPxqA7qYpsdQ6nOtb07Lnxh9oiF9ohttp://somervillemuseum.org/2020/11/17/somerville-streets-trivia/?fbclid=IwAR3ymwQP_plmxn2W6UOsGYumSmXtDHYPxqA7qYpsdQ6nOtb07Lnxh9oiF9o

WEEK #1: Thursday 11/19 – Thursday 11/26Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this stre...
11/19/2020

WEEK #1: Thursday 11/19 – Thursday 11/26

Can you place this space? Have a clue of this view? Found your feet on this street?

David Campbell has been painting Somerville for 40 years. An exhibition of his work, “The Art of Observation”, will soon be open to the public at the Somerville Museum. Some of the scenes in the 22 paintings and drawings no longer exist, some have changed, all are Somerville. Can you identify the location in the painting above? Each week for the next four weeks, the Somerville Museum will be offering a $25 gift card from a local business to one lucky winner who correctly identifies the scene; extra credit if you can correctly identify the year this scene was painted.

All guesses must be submitted via email at [email protected] each Thursday by 8pm. Winners will be notified by email and announced on social media. For more information check out our website at: http://somervillemuseum.org/2020/11/17/somerville-streets-trivia/

7ate9 Bakery, Union Square Donuts, Artisan Asylum, Arts at the Armory

Tonight at 6:30pm,  come and hear members of the local Brazilian community talk about their work in Somerville’s neighbo...
11/18/2020

Tonight at 6:30pm, come and hear members of the local Brazilian community talk about their work in Somerville’s neighborhoods! Panelists include the co-founder of the Brazilian Women's Group - Grupo Mulher Brasileira, now celebrating its 25th year serving the Boston area; a community health worker who is also a celebrity chef; a leader from Brazilian Times Newspaper a national publication based in Somerville since 1987; and a business owner who has served the city for 14 years. Following the panel, listen to a historian from Somerville discuss connections between Brazilian and U.S. history. Hope you can join us and thank you so much! The link is below--the event is over Zoom and presented by the Somerville Museum, with thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
https://www.facebook.com/events/682025219366909

Next Wednesday at 6:30 pm, come and hear members of the local Brazilian community talk about their work in Somerville’s ...
11/14/2020

Next Wednesday at 6:30 pm, come and hear members of the local Brazilian community talk about their work in Somerville’s neighborhoods! Panelists include the co-founder of the Brazilian Women's Group - Grupo Mulher Brasileira, now celebrating its 25th year serving the Boston area; a community health worker who is also a celebrity chef; a leader from Brazilian Times Newspaper a national publication based in Somerville since 1987; and a business owner who has served the city for 14 years. Following the panel, listen to a historian from Somerville discuss connections between Brazilian and U.S. history. Hope you can join us and thank you so much! The link is below--the event is over Zoom and presented by the Somerville Museum, with thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
https://www.facebook.com/events/682025219366909

We're hosting an info session for our next Community Curator Grant on Thursday, 10/22 at 6pm. For more information visit...
10/19/2020

We're hosting an info session for our next Community Curator Grant on Thursday, 10/22 at 6pm. For more information visit our website (link in bio) and reserve your spot today!

Community Curator Grant - https://mailchi.mp/2ec75b7fbdf0/community-curators

Have you reserved your spot for our upcoming lecture, "Voices from Somerville's Haitian Community?" We were just highlig...
10/13/2020
‘Voices from Somerville’s Haitian Community’

Have you reserved your spot for our upcoming lecture, "Voices from Somerville's Haitian Community?" We were just highlighted in the Somerville Times - reserve your spot today!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-from-somervilles-haitian-community-tickets-123760295375?fbclid=IwAR33AxTft4xd0B0U8W8ZV2MYxWmuaACOyzObT_n2-e2RVRL1OFJNbw93azs

http://www.thesomervilletimes.com/archives/103507

A local dancer whose work received a Governor’s citation. A son who runs a Somerville restaurant started by his mother. A pastor who co-leads a local congregation that purchased its church in 2008. Come hear members of the local Haitian community talk about their work in Somerville’s neighborhoo...

The deadline for Summer in Somerville: Call for Art has been extended!!! The new deadline is Tuesday, 9/22. APPLY TODAY!...
09/14/2020
The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville

The deadline for Summer in Somerville: Call for Art has been extended!!! The new deadline is Tuesday, 9/22. APPLY TODAY!!

http://somervillemuseum.org/the-art-of-observation-summer-in-somerville/

The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville DEADLINE: **EXTENDED**Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 |APPLY TODAY Summer in Somerville: Draw What You Love!Call for ArtworkSummer 2020 Are you out of school for the Summer and looking for a fun activity? In collaboration with our next exhibit, “The Art ...

The deadline to submit artwork for our next virtual exhibit, "Summer in Somerville" is today! Be sure to follow this lin...
09/08/2020
The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville

The deadline to submit artwork for our next virtual exhibit, "Summer in Somerville" is today! Be sure to follow this link for information about the program and how to apply: http://somervillemuseum.org/the-art-of-observation-summer-in-somerville/

The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 |APPLY TODAY Summer in Somerville: Draw What You Love!Call for ArtworkSummer 2020 Are you out of school for the Summer and looking for a fun activity? In collaboration with our next exhibit, “The Art of Observatio...

We are proud to be one of the many art organizations in our City who have signed the recent letter to the mayor and City...
09/02/2020
Somerville arts organizations request urgent, local aid

We are proud to be one of the many art organizations in our City who have signed the recent letter to the mayor and City Council requesting action to support the arts and culture organizations in Somerville. To learn more, check out this recent article: https://somerville.wickedlocal.com/news/20200821/somerville-arts-organizations-request-urgent-local-aid

Somerville arts organizations are petitioning the city to provide vital support for arts and culture.

As part of our next exhibit, "The Art of Observation," we are putting out a call for artwork from the community. Are you...
08/31/2020
The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville

As part of our next exhibit, "The Art of Observation," we are putting out a call for artwork from the community. Are you a young artist looking for a fun activity? The upcoming holiday week is a great opportunity to get outside and draw. Submit your artwork to us for our next virtual exhibit. For more information, check out this promotional video: http://somervillemuseum.org/the-art-of-observation-summer-in-somerville/

The Art of Observation: Summer in Somerville DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 |APPLY TODAY Summer in Somerville: Draw What You Love!Call for ArtworkSummer 2020 Are you out of school for the Summer and looking for a fun activity? In collaboration with our next exhibit, “The Art of Observatio...

If you are an artist or supporter of the arts please consider signing the Somerville Arts COVID-19 Impact Petition.
08/18/2020
Somerville Arts COVID-19 Impact Petition

If you are an artist or supporter of the arts please consider signing the Somerville Arts COVID-19 Impact Petition.

In partnership with arts and cultural leaders in the city of Somerville, MASSCreative is hosting a petition to Mayor Curtatone and the City Councilors of Somerville to advocate for protection and relief for arts and culture in Somerville. If you are a Somerville resident or work in Somerville, add y...

We've extended our virtual exhibit, 'Masks of Boston,' featuring photography by Katherine Taylor. Make sure to check out...
08/04/2020

We've extended our virtual exhibit, 'Masks of Boston,' featuring photography by Katherine Taylor. Make sure to check out her work and recent articles featuring her project in Scout Somerville and the Somerville Times (links on our website)http://somervillemuseum.org/masks-of-boston-virtual-exhibit/

We hope you'll join us and the New England Museum Association (NEMA) for a webinar discussion about the Faith in a City ...
07/27/2020
New England Museum Association :: Faith in the City

We hope you'll join us and the New England Museum Association (NEMA) for a webinar discussion about the Faith in a City project, one of our past exhibits. We are excited to partner with NEMA and to share the project with the wider New England museum community. Thank you to the participating community and congregation members.
Register and learn more on the NEMA website. (www.nema.orghttps://nemanet.org/conference-events/workshops/faith-city/

07/24/2020
Reading Frederick Douglass Together

Did you miss our event, 'Reading Frederick Douglass Together'? The video is now available online. A special thanks to Keidrick Roy for his help being our project scholar, the Somerville Media Center - SMC for creating and editing the video, Mass Humanities for sponsoring the event and others like it, and all our volunteer readers and participants. It was a huge success! We were also featured on CBS' Sunday News, Somerville Times and the Harvard Gazette. All links can be found on our website. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! #RFDT20https://youtu.be/JsZNo12XA-8

Are you interested in themes of faith, renewal and community? We hope you can join us on Tuesday, July 28th at 2 pm to h...
07/22/2020

Are you interested in themes of faith, renewal and community? We hope you can join us on Tuesday, July 28th at 2 pm to hear from congregations that partnered with us to help create the "Faith in a City” project. Many thanks to @nema_conference for hosting this event! Panelists include members of Havurat Shalom, Missionary Church of the Haitian Community, St. Anthony of Padua Parish and Gurudwara Sikh Sangat Boston. @faithinacity #localmuseum #somervillema
https://nemanet.org/conference-events/workshops/faith-city/

If you missed the registration deadline for this event you can still view it live on Facebook tonight at 6:30pm #RFDT20
07/02/2020

If you missed the registration deadline for this event you can still view it live on Facebook tonight at 6:30pm #RFDT20

Over the past few weeks, The Somerville Museum and Somerville Media Center - SMC have been collecting video recordings of members of the community reading sections of Frederick Douglass' famous speech "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

The video program that we put together of these readings will debut tonight on Facebook Live at 6:30 PM to be followed by a discussion with the project scholar, Keidrick Roy and will also cablecast throughout the month on Somerville Community Access Television.

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Mass Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Are you following"I Spy Somerville" with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission?
06/29/2020

Are you following"I Spy Somerville" with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission?

The following are photos taken by Tony Holmes of various ghost ads (the faded remains of advertisements on urban buildings) around Somerville. Tony submitted these in response to our first "I Spy Somerville" challenge to locate examples of ghost ads around the City. Given his prompt and thorough response, Tony was named the winner of our first week of "I Spy Somerville!"
All photos by Tony Holmes.

Congratulations! Adda Maria Santos has been named this year's recipient of the William Spratt Award for Excellence in So...
06/27/2020
Congratulations.

Congratulations! Adda Maria Santos has been named this year's recipient of the William Spratt Award for Excellence in Social Studies by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies.
The award recognizes Adda's work with the students of the SHS Local History Club including the exhibit, The Basement Project: Not Your Usual Basement Junk at the Museum in February and March 2020.
Thank you to the Somerville Arts Council for supporting this exhibit.

Learn more in our announcement.
https://mailchi.mp/0b8b9cce5873/congratulations-659826

Congratulations! The Museum, Charan Devereaux, and participating congregations, scholars, photographers, filmmakers, mus...
06/26/2020

Congratulations! The Museum, Charan Devereaux, and participating congregations, scholars, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, sound engineers, and artists were selected as American Association for State and Local History 2020 Leadership in History Award of Excellence winners for the project, 'Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, Massachusetts'. Special thanks goes to Yorgos Efthymiadis for his beautiful work.

Thank you to the Somerville Arts Council, Mass Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Club Passim Iguana Fund, and Mass Humanities for supporting this project. Photographs by Yorgos Efthymiadis.

Learn more in our announcement.
https://mailchi.mp/0b8b9cce5873/congratulations-659826

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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