Train Time 18: Farm to Table by Train at Wenham Museum

November 7, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Thompson Gallery Image by Marketing Interns Katie Story and Colleen Bertolino

Every other year, the museum presents

Train Time, a special display of room-size

model train layouts built and exhibited by our model train volunteers! This year, our theme is Farm to Table by Train! In this exciting exhibit, train fans will have a “rail” fun time discovering the role our railroads have played in moving food from the fields to our tables since the early 1900s. Get an engineer's view as you push the layout operating buttons to start the tiny locomotives traveling through country landscapes and stop at cattle, dairy and produce farms. Imagine waiting at the station platform as you stand next to a full-size antique baggage cart loaded with antique milk cans, luggage and steamer trunks once used in the 1920s. And see a rare display of large locomotive models built by renowned model builder Wilbur T. Frey and vintage railroad advertisements.

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Wilbur T. Frey Model Locomotive Display

Open through March 29, 2015

Visit the museum to see a rare collection of hand built steam locomotive models created by model builder Wilbur T. Frey. Discover how these large scale models were crafted using mostly wood and cardboard and built from only a photo of the engine. The models are on loan from private collectors throughout Massachusetts and Maine.

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Gingerbread Express Model Train Layout

December 7 – 14

The Gingerbread Express model train layout brings spirit of the holidays to life in this winter-wonderland of candy covered storybook cottages created by members of our community.  

Enter to win! Vote on your favorite gingerbread creation and you'll be entered to win a family four pack of tickets to see Boston Children's Theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit!

This event is sponsored by our friends at Boston Children's Theater.

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Revolutionary Lives: New Englanders in the 1700s

Family Discovery Gallery

October 1, 2014 - January 31, 2015

Experience a child’s life in a 1700s Colonial New England village with traditional chores, dress-up and code puzzles.  

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Only The Vest

West Gallery

September 9, 2014 –January 4, 2015

Men’s fashions tend to get short shrift when it comes to costume exhibits.  But we are going to right this wrong with a display of vests from our collection.  From a striking embroidered silk wedding waistcoat from the late 18th century to a cheery 1950’s tartan number with some eye-catching models from the 19th century in between, we will explore what for centuries was a mainstay of menswear.

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A Real American Girl: Elizabeth Richards Horton

Egbert Gallery

Opening, September 27, 2014

Be inspired by the true story of Elizabeth Richards Horton, a little girl who grew up in the museum’s historic house and later in life donated her international doll collection to the museum. As an adult, Elizabeth allowed local children to exhibit her collection for the benefit of children's charities and later sent one of her dolls around the world from 1900 - 1902.


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