Peabody Historical Society
Girl with a flower, ca. 1800-1820, on oil canvas, attributed to Gideon Foster Jr. Sampler, 1817, made by Sally Richardson, silk and linen, gift of Sarah E. Hunt John Proctor Tavern Sign, ca. 1800, artist unknown

Founded in 1896, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum collects and preserves the cultural history of Peabody Massachusetts and serves as a center for its study and enjoyment. Plan your wedding or corporate function with us.

The Society's collections are of local and national significance and document over 300 years of the region's history. The Society maintains seven historic properties, an extensive library and archives, and a large collection of china, textiles, furniture and fine and decorative arts. The Society is supported by many dedicated volunteers and members, by generous contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and by the rental of the Smith Barn (, located at the idyllic Felton-Smith Historic Site, adjacent to Peabody's Brooksby Farm.

Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, the Museum will be closed. Also, due to furnace work, the Museum will be closed Friday, November 27th.

We'll open again Tuesday, Dec. 1st. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

 Tour the Felton-Smith Historic Site!
Tours of the Nathaniel Felton Sr. and Jr. Houses and the Fire Museum are free and available by appointment by calling 978.531.0805.


Interested in volunteering? The Historical Society and Museums are always looking for self-motivated people willing to give tours, work in collections, beautify the gardens, help with special events, or do some research. If you think you could work us into your schedule, please give us a call a 978.977.0514. We'd love to hear from you.

On view now 

Peabody and War: Selections from Our Military Collection
Join us for a military tour from 1776 to Operation Desert Storm. On view now through December 2015.


Leisure through the Seasons

A varied stroll through the seasons with 20th century pasttimes, diversions and sports. On view now through December 2015.



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