The MHS will be closed Thursday, 24 November through Sunday, 27 November.


Current Exhibition

Our Favorite Things: Objects that Fascinate, Interest & Inspire (Part 3)

With millions of letters, diaries, photographs, and objects in our holdings, the stories we can tell at the MHS are countless. Our Favorite Things connects a selection of compelling, captivating, and amusing items from our collection to the backgrounds, interests, and memories of the MHS staff.

When founder Jeremy Belknap set out to build the collection of the MHS in 1791, he envisioned a Society not only of “books, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps or plans,” but also material items that could help Americans understand their history. Part three of this year-long exhibition explores an eclectic cross section of the visual and material culture found in the MHS collection. Visitors can learn about a 1692 petition to spare a woman’s life and the portrait of a soldier whose image was preserved but not his name as well as a bronze hot dog presented as a campaign gift in the 20th century and a wooden screw used to make a mammoth cheese in the 18th century.

Explore the online exhibition.

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Gallery Hours:

Visit hours and admission for hours and closings due to holidays and other events.

Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM
Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Please note: the last admission will be 45 minutes prior to closing. Check our online calendar for building closures.

Visiting the MHS during COVID-19

A symptom check should be completed prior to arrival. A well-fitted mask is required for the duration of your visit. Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

Online Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions