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The MHS library is open by appointment! However, the galleries remain closed.
Learn more about appointments, online offerings and latest updates.

Visit the MHS

The MHS offers many resources for visitors to learn, connect, and inspire including exhibitions, events, tours, brown-bag lunches, seminars, workshops, and a research library. Our building is handicap accessible.

For directions to the MHS, click here.


Who We Are


Hours & Admission

  • Exhibition galleries currently closed
  • Library: 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM Mon. - Fri.
    Plan a visit to the MHS library.

Directions & Parking

  • The MHS is located at:
  • 1154 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Tel: 617-536-1608
  • Fax: 617-859-0074
  • For a map link and parking options, see our directions page.

Calendar of Events

  • Please check our calendar for hours and closings due to holidays and other events.
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About the MHS

Founded in 1791, the MHS tells the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.

More about the MHS

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Free and open to the public, the MHS library welcomes researchers of all ages and experience levels. The library does not lend materials, but anyone wishing to view the collections can register as a researcher through our online request system and use materials in our building.

Use the library

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Explore a variety of topics and collection items on display in our gallery spaces. The galleries are open Monday, and Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 4 PM and Tuesday, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM.

Current exhibition

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MHS Fund and Membership

The MHS welcomes history lovers from near and far to join its community. Learn how to support the MHS and become a member.

Support the MHS

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Take a tour of the Society’s historic building and learn more about the history and collections of the MHS.

Calendar of tours


Explore a list of commonly asked questions and answers.

View frequently asked questions