History

Put our past in your future by planning a trip to a MetroWest historic venue or exhibit.

Collings Foundation

Collings Foundation

137 Barton Road, Stow 01775

978-562-9182  

Offers three major living history events annually, utilizing their collection of 75

vintage automobiles, military vehicles, racecars, aircraft, and the world’s largest collection of WWII tanks. Tours and events May 1-October 31.

Concord Museum

Concord Museum

Lexington Road, Concord 01742

978-369-9763  

The museum houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country. It’s the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history, from the first shots in the battle for American independence to the legacy of Emerson and Thoreau.

Dedham Historical Society & Museum

Dedham Historical Society & Museum

612 High Street, Dedham MA 02027

781-326-1385  

Showcasing Dedham Pottery, historic furniture, silver, portraits, and other decorative arts. The library/archives include over 10,000 volumes and photographs supporting a local history/genealogical collection. 

Dwight-Derby House

Dwight-Derby House

7 Frairy Street, Medfield 02052

508-359-6565 

The Dwight-Derby House is a wonderful example of a mid-century 1700s home, nestled in a setting that has not changed much over time.  The clock has almost stood still to create this scene from the 1700s.  

Fairbanks House, The

Fairbanks House, The

511 East Street, Dedham 02026

781-326-1170 

The Fairbanks House, c 1637, is the oldest timber-frame house in North America. It is operated as a historic house museum and is open May 1– Oct. 31.

Faulkner Homestead

Faulkner Homestead

5 High Street, Acton 01720

 

Framingham History Center

Framingham History Center

16 Vernon Street, Framingham 01701
508-872-3780  

Our rich offerings of programs, exhibitions, and community celebrations build excitement for local history, citizenship, and pride of place now and for generations to come.

Franklin Historical Museum

Franklin Historical Museum

80 West Central Street, Franklin 02038

Displays include locally discovered Native American arrowheads and stone implements, antique tools from Franklin’s industrial-age past, and an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts.

Gropius House and Codman Estate,Historic New England

Gropius House and Codman Estate,Historic New England

68 Baker Bridge Road and 34 Codman Road, Lincoln 01773

781-259-8098

Hosmer House

Hosmer House

299 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury 01776

978-443-6722

International Museum of World War II

International Museum of World War II

Off Route 9, Natick 01760

508-651-1944  

This is the most comprehensive collection of original artifacts in the world. Over 7,000 pieces, uniquely showing the human story interwoven with the military and political. Scheduled visits only, Tuesday to Saturday.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord 01742

978-369-4118  

Marlborough Historical Society & Peter Rice Homestead

Marlborough Historical Society & Peter Rice Homestead

377 Elm Street, Marlborough 01752 

The Marlborough Historical Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and celebration in Marlborough.  Free monthly meetings and the city’s historical archives are held in the Peter Rice Homestead and Museum.

Medfield Historical Society

Medfield Historical Society

6 Pleasant Street, Medfield 02052

508-359-4773  

At the Medfield Historical Society, history comes alive!  We are an enthusiastic nonprofit membership organization working to preserve and share Medfield’s history.  Our library, archives, museum, programs and exhibitions are accessible to all.

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge 01566

800-733-1830  

Visit Old Sturbridge Village and discover New England’s premier living history museum. Tour a working 1830s town with authentically costumed citizens. History will amaze and inspire your entire family!

Olde Marlborough Inc.

Olde Marlborough Inc.

255 Main Street, Marlborough 01752 

508-579-0658  

 

Sherborn Historical Society Museum

Sherborn Historical Society Museum

19 Washington Street, Sherborn 01770

508-653-0560  

Southborough Historical Society

Southborough Historical Society

25 Common Street, Southborough 01772

 

Thayer Homestead

Thayer Homestead

2B Oak Street, Medway 02053

508-321-4800  

The Grout-Heard House (The Wayland Historical Society)

The Grout-Heard House (The Wayland Historical Society)

12 Cochituate Road, Wayland 01778

508-358-7959  

The History List

The History List

Visit our site to see a list of history-related events, museums, and exhibits in the state.

Westborough Historical Society

Westborough Historical Society

13 Parkman Street, Westborough 01581

508-898-0975  

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight: Framingham

America’s largest town boasts a population of almost 70,000 residents speaking more than 50 languages and living 20 miles west of Boston in urban, suburban, and rural neighborhoods. Along with great neighborhoods, Framingham has extraordinary options for shopping and dining, a vibrant and innovative center for business and industry that hosts a number of world class companies, an expanding hub of cultural and educational opportunity, unmatched road and railway access, and active investment in the Town’s infrastructure.

Higher Education

Framingham boasts excellent higher education opportunities right in our back yard at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, as well as easy access to the world-class institutions in the greater Boston area, including Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Boston College, Wellesley, Brandeis, Bentley, Northeastern University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

In addition to continuing education opportunities at Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College, there are opportunities for arts education through both the Danforth Museum School and the Amazing Things Arts Center Workshops

Recreation
Framingham operates over 200 youth, adult, and family arts and athletic programs on 62 public athletic fields, an indoor pool, a skating rink, and an athletic center. You and your family can also enjoy 52 playgrounds with equipment, 20 public tennis courts including 10 with lights, and three public beaches. You could go boating and picnicking at Farm Pond, skating at Loring Arena, walking through Wittenborg Woods - you’ll run out of weekends before you run out of things to do! 

When completed, the Cochituate Rail Trail will connect Framingham and Natick residents to local schools, offices, shopping, and transportation hubs. The 25-mile Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, which will connect Framingham with Lowell, is in the planning stages, as is the 104-mile long Mass Central Rail Trail, connecting Boston to Western Massachusetts, passing just north of Framingham.

For a list of public beaches in town, go here.

Eat, Drink, Shop
Framingham is one of those unique places that offer just about every shopping opportunity imaginable. Our section of Route 9 / Worcester Road is well-known throughout New England as a mecca for popular retail and restaurant experiences. 

Downtown Framingham boasts over 30 ethnic enterprises, including Asian, Hispanic, Brazilian, and Eastern European shops, cafes, and restaurants. Shoppers looking for alternatives to big box stores and chain restaurants can enjoy Brazilian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian cuisine; imported clothing shops; and attentive service that defines family-owned operations.

The Golden Triangle is located at the MassPike (I-90) Exit #13 roughly in the area bounded by Route 9, Route 30, and Speen Street. This area includes the Natick Mall, the Framingham Mall, and Shoppers World for a comprehensive shopping and dining experience with everything from a grocery store to high-end luxury shops. In between are a wide variety of restaurants at every price-point. 

In addition to the section of Route 9 that forms the border of the Golden Triangle described above, Route 9 extends through Framingham with a large number shopping, dining, and other services serving local and regional customers. This includes hubs of activity at Framingham Centre and the Technology Park area at Mass Pike Exit 12.

Visual and Performing Arts


Arts and culture flourish in Framingham and an abundance of entertainment venues are located throughout the town. The IMAX theater, AMC movie complex, Amazing Things Art Center, and Nevins Hall at the Historic Memorial Building just begin to identify the diversity of experiences offered. Framingham also plays host to a number of regional cultural institutions including the Danforth Museum of Art, the Mazmanian Art Gallery, Garden in the Woods, and the Framingham History Center. 

For more things to do, view the Framingham Calendar of Events.

Performing Arts

Amazing Things Arts Center

Performing Arts Center of MetroWest

 

Visual Arts 
Danforth Museum of Art - Focusing on American art from 18th century to present day, the Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression. Our mission strongly supports education: the 400 yearly studio art courses offered in the Museum School, family workshops, and artist lectures offer Museum members and visitors numerous opportunities to learn and create.

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Fountain Street Fine Arts is an artist-run, membership based gallery housed in the century old Bancroft Building in Framingham.  Also check out their blog: http://www.fsfaboston.com/growingagallery/ .

Fountain Street Studios located just outside downtown, the Fountain Street Studios is a vibrant artists community that holds frequent strolls and open houses that allow you to come visit and watch the artists at work.

Saxonville Studios, located in the Saxonville area of Framingham, this small but diverse group of artists has been active for more than 20 years.