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Arts & Museums
Originally the ten feet shoe shop at the backyard, from where it's name evolved is the Shoe Shop-Doucette Ten Footer. This structure that came into existence in the 18th and 19th centuries and that served as a shoemakers shop then, currently stands still as a Stoneham Historical Society. Featuring some beautiful artifacts, documents, newspapers, and lots of photographs that relates to the past of Stoneham, the society also conducts meeting once a week during March to November. The meetings can be attended by the visitors too. Guest speakers also conduct a meeting and the museum is open to the public, even on special requests.
The Jefferson Cutter House is a beautiful historic home that currently is a home to the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum. This beautiful structure was designed in it's amazing Greek Revival and Federal style architecture and featured the works of the most amazing American sculptor Cyrus E. Dallin. The works that are displayed in this museum brings in a sense of beauty and history throughout the nation.
George Peabody House was the home of one of the pioneer philanthropists of the country. Built in 1790, it changed many hands and was finally bought by the city and converted it into a museum and civic center. It has been a designated historic landmark since 1988 and showcases the local history during the 1800s and the tanning industry. It is also used as a meeting space, exhibition area and for special events.
G.A.R. Hall and Museum is located in Lynn, Massachusetts. The museum building was constructed in 1885 and has Romanesque style of architecture that was designed by Frank Kelly. It is a landmark on the streetscape. The museum got added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 7, 1979.
Museum Of Bad Art is located inside the basement of Somerville Theatre. The exhibits in the museum were not intended to be "bad art." They were great in their own little way and the written interpretations along these exhibits will help you learn that. If visitors need assistance, the theater staff is available for help. The museum also sells merchandise on site. The place is open when films are running and no additional fees are charged; visitors can enter the museum with their movie tickets.
Harvard Museum of Natural History is one of the University's most visited museums. With exhibits of dinosaurs, meteorites, gemstones and hundreds of mammals from all over the world, in addition to the world famous collection of 3000 Blaschka Glass Flowers, you can see why the museum is so popular. The museum also has host fantastic temporary exhibits throughout the year. In the past the museum has hosted exhibits such as New England Forests and Language of Color. There's always something new to see. Check website for more.
Run by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department, the Witch House is the home of the late judge Jonathan Corwin who presided over the Salem Witch Trials. While the town of Salem has many spots to visit to relive the notorious trials, this 17th century house is the only structure still standing with links to the trials of 1692. The four-room house contains a range of exhibits and offers a look back to this troubled period of history.
Housing a treasure trove of old artifacts, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is a fascinating place where visitors can learn more about history and cultures from around the world. The museum was founded in 1866 and has one of the oldest and largest anthropology collections in the world. Explore the exhibits and see the interesting artifacts, including Native American totem poles, Lewis and Clark Expedition artifacts, as well as Aztec figurines.
You will not need lamps anymore if you buy a chair that lights up, which is an item that has been featured at this quirky and fun art gallery that specializes in crafts and jewelry. The rugs, textiles, blankets and quilts often have a retro feel, and jewelry displays also hearken to a different era of Americana. This Cambridge shop schedules a series of shows; recent exhibits have showcased glassworks, jewelry, silversmithing and chairs. Paintings and other wall art are also exhibited.
Salem is notorious for the witch trials held there in 1692. The Witch Dungeon Museum takes you back in time to Salem Village during that time period through a re-enactment of the witch trials. In all, 156 were accused of being witches and 20 were put to death. The museum's performance is based on historical transcripts from that year. Admission also includes a tour of a dungeon, which recreates the atmosphere of the original site where those accused of witchcraft were held.
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum located on the Harvard campus, has three floors of ancient Greek, Roman, Japanese and Indian art. In fact, nearly every culture in antiquity is represented by a piece in the permanent exhibits. Pay a small admission fee for entry to the museum and study room and step into the ancient world of art. For tours and other details check the website.
Anybody interested in exploring the house of seven gables and four lighthouses? Pay a visit to the Essex Heritage area not just to do the above but to participate in mock settlement demonstrations and trudging maritime/industrial trail...phew! This historical site also features colonial settlements against the backdrop of precious beaches and luxurious landscapes. The rise and development of the shoe and textile industries is another hightlight. Anyone game for this historical picnic ride?