Manchester Historical Museum

10 Union Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Photograph by Steve Rosenthal


The Manchester Historical Museum (MHM) was founded in 1886 as the Manchester Historical Society “to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.” The society moved in 1925 into its headquarters, the Trask House, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2014, the organization changed its name to Manchester Historical Museum and adopted a new logo to reflect its mission to share its treasures and operate more as a museum than just a historical society.

The Manchester Historical Museum offers lectures, monthly family programs, special exhibits and school programs throughout the year as well as tours of the Trask House. In addition, MHM services research needs of people trying to find information about their property or family background and is the caretaker of the historic Trask House as well as a large collection of artifacts and archives from Manchester’s past.

The mission of the MHM is:

To encourage, maintain and foster an interest in historical matters pertaining to the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea and to establish and maintain within the town a library and museum to collect and preserve objects which illustrate the history of the town.

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