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Current Exhibition

Our Favorite Things: Objects that Fascinate, Interest & Inspire (part two)

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.

In 1775 John Adams wrote that Americans, “under great trials and dangers, have discovered great abilities and virtues, and that nothing is so terrible to them as the loss of their liberties.” Part two of this year-long exhibition explores the call of liberty and the complex nature of American freedom and unfreedom. Visitors can read how Abraham Lincoln grappled with the horrors of slavery, witness an especially dark moment from World War II through 1943 paintings of a Japanese-American internment camp in Wyoming, and be inspired by a portrait of Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved person who successfully sued for her freedom. Phillis Wheatley's desk is on display and visitors can imagine her writing her way into the American literary canon. They can picture Mary Smith Cranch pulling letters from her pocket or the members of the African Society drafting laws of governance, both declaring that they, too, claim a place in the American republic.

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Gallery Hours:

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.

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