The Dedham Historical Society was founded in 1859 by a group of citizens concerned that the town’s history not be forgotten. The Society was incorporated for the “purposes of collecting and preserving such records and traditions as may tend to perpetuate the history of New England and especially the town of Dedham.”

The Society preserves and actively seeks information on all the towns making up the original Dedham Grant, from Bellingham and Plainville in the south, to Natick and Wellesley on the northwest. When the Society began, Norwood and Westwood had not become separate towns, so the collections include many items from the “South Precinct” and the “Clapboardtrees Parish.”

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The Dedham Historical Society & Museum has two distinct phases of operation: the museum and the library, which are open at different times and are in different sections of the building. For more information please call 781-326-1385 or email


Tuesday-Friday 12 noon – 4 p.m, admission $2


Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m – 4 p.m, admission $5 (There is no admission fee for DHS members) Both the library and the museum are open on even dated Saturdays from 1 p.m – 4 p.m

*It is recommended you call ahead and speak to our archivist regarding your research prior to your visit. For research questions please email:

Latest News

Vicky Kruckeberg is retiring as Executive Director

After eight dedicated years, Vicky Kruckeberg is retiring as Director of the Dedham Historical Society and Museum. Vicky’s warm and welcoming style has represented the Society well in Dedham and the greater museum community. Her leadership of the Society has included...

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Dedham Historical Society & Museum 2018 Spring House Tour

Sunday, June 3, 2018 Noon – 4 PM Celebrate Dedham’s rich architectural history with a self-guided walking tour of wonderful homes in one of Dedham’s historic neighborhoods. This year’s tour includes seven great houses plus the Fairbanks House, the oldest timber frame...

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Historic Gardens of Dedham

Dining in Dedham 

The old saying that “we are what we eat” holds true for the past as well as the present.  The Society’s new “Dining in Dedham” exhibit looks back on Dedham’s culinary history, exploring what our ancestors ate, how they prepared it, and where they dined. From the earliest settlers eating by the kitchen fireplace to the arrival of fast-food chains in the 1950s, “Dining in Dedham” tells this delectable story through photographs, menus, old cookware, and other artifacts from the Society’s collection.

The exhibit opens January 30 and runs through 2018.  So drop in for a taste of Dedham’s past!


Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday 12-4 PM and even dated Saturdays from 1-4 PM.

Admission: free for DHS members; $2 for non-members.