Wool is a very ancient fiber that has been keeping us both warm and cool for thousands of years. It can be dense and fuzzy, or gossamer fine. It is used for clothes (both what you see and what you don’t), accessories, and even toys and dolls. In this exhibit we explore the versatility of wool, from cobwebby shawls to tough twill for military uniforms, tweed jackets to superfine dress fabric – woven, knitted, crocheted and felted – wool can do it all.
Find inspiration from the Wenham Museum's antique valentines and design one for your special someone.
Look at the Museum’s collection of antique valentine’s, read a story about sharing love, snack on a traditional valentine treats, and create a super sparkly valentine for someone you love.
From poodle skirts and hula hoops to pet rocks and disco dancing, fads have been taking the country by storm for years. Wenham Museum’s Fab Fads exhibit explores the biggest toys; fashions and music to hit American pop culture from the 1950s on. Young visitors – and the young at heart – will enjoy playing with reproductions of the vintage toys on display, experiencing the rise and fall of hemlines in the costume closet and dancing “The Twist,” “The Hustle” or “The Macarena” in this family-friendly exhibit.
Enjoy a room-size classic H-O model train layout created by members of the National Model Railroad Association Hub Division. Get tips on how to build your own model train layout and learn how to make scenery in demonstrations by model train engineers.
For many North Shore families, the holidays being with a visit to see the Snow Train to Bakersville, a G-gauge holiday model train layout. See miniature Snoopy and the gang skate across a tiny pond, old-fashioned cars fill the gas-lit streets, and tiny clothes pin people cheerfully visit throughout a snow-covered village as the train clatters by.
In “Crowning Glory” Wenham Museum celebrates the ultimate accessory—the hat. As the seasons change, the exhibit will follow suit with the hats on display, moving from delicate spring florals and pale felt fedoras to big bright flowers and hats to keep the summer rays away.
In September, the three-season celebration of the hat in West Gallery begins it's last chapter. Airy summer chapeaux will give way to the rich colors and textures of our collection of fall and winter hats--from luxurious velvet, padded silk, feather and fur to the humble hand-knitted stocking cap. Hats to keep you warm and hats to make you glamorous including a selection of over-the top cocktail hats and whimsies.
All are invited to enter the 7th Annual Gingerbread Building Contest at the Wenham Museum! Individuals or groups of any experience level and any age are welcome to submit their creation as part of this years contest for display at this year's Gingerbread Express.
Members of the community are invited to create gingerbread buildings with a food related theme: a candy cane factory, a pizza parlor or even a green grocer!
Entry is FREE and all entries will be returned to bakers after the display!
The Yo-Yo People entertain with a spin and a twist on classic yoyoing! Come to the Firehouse Center for the Arts to experience a full show of yo yo tricks that is sure to entertain? This husband and wife duo bring back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing you with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip!