Celebrating 225 years of collecting, protecting, and sharing American history, life, and culture.

Holiday Exhibition

"Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations"

Join us on Saturday, 2 July to see a selection of letters from John and Abigail Adams, a special one-day display to celebrate America's independence.

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Object of the Month

In his diary entry for 4 July 1776, Robert Treat Paine, a delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts, records the weather and gives us a matter-of-fact description of the epochal events in Philadelphia. Learn more.

Exhibition

Turning points described in eyewitness accounts and personal records, or commemorated by "dumb witnesses"--artifacts found in the Society's enormous collections.

225 Items from Our Collection

Four centuries of iconic treasures, manuscripts, and artifacts are represented in this gallery of 225 items from the MHS collections.

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Events

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Special Event

"Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations"

A special one-day display to celebrate ... 10:00AM Saturday, 2 July 2016
MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

10:00AM Saturday, 2 July 2016

Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 6:00PM Wednesday, 6 July 2016

225th Anniversary Features

MHS Madness

We have a winner!

In the head-to-head tournament of 64 of our most fascinating items, Abigail Adams's "Remember the Ladies" letter is the winner. More»

MHS Timeline

Spanning 225 years (1791-2016), the MHS Timeline is a collection of important events and places in the history of the Society.
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Belknap's American Road Map

Teachers and students across the country are invited to take part in MHS founder Jeremy Belknap’s adventures and see how far he travels.
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225 Items from Our Collection

Four centuries of iconic treasures, manuscripts, and artifacts are represented in this gallery of 225 items from the MHS collections.

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