Franklin Square, Dedham, circa 1870. Image courtesy Historic New England.

2019 Winter Wine Event!

January 25th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m 

Gather your friends and join us this January at the Dedham Historical Society & Museum for a fun-filled evening of flavorful wines and tasty hors d’oeuvres. 


DHSM 2018-2019
Lecture Series:

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
River Stories: Past, Present & Future, in collaboration with the Dedham Sustainability Action Committee

Save the Dates:

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7:00 pm, DHSM
Kimberly Alexander, The Fashion and History of Shoes

Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture
& Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 18, 2019
7:00 pm, DHSM
Gail Coughlin, The First Settlers of Dedham: The Region’s Indigenous Peoples

Read more about this lecture series 

         New Saturday Hours!
2nd & 4th Saturday each month
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Museum & Archives

The Gift Shop is also open on this new Saturday schedule (plus weekday hours), with the addition of this coming Saturday, December 15th for an additional shopping opportunity before the holidays.


Free entry to museum and library for members.

Please consider contributing to our Annual Appeal. We are supported entirely through membership and private donations. See below for more information and thank you!


Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Admission $5
Educator: Maryann Wattendorf

Library & Archives:

Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
   11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Archives fee $5; research fee $25/hour
Archivist: Rebecca Carpenter

It is recommended that you contact the archivist to schedule an appointment prior to your research visit. To speak with the archivist or schedule an appointment, please call 781.326.1385 or email

Gift Shop

Visit our Gift Shop, where you will find gifts for the holidays, from ornaments to decorative items and reproduction Dedham Pottery.
Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 2nd & 4th of each month:
    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Executive Director: Johanna McBrien

We Welcome Volunteers

Please let us know if you would like to contribute your time assisting in the archives, museum, with educational programming, or events. Thank you in advance for your participation. Please send an email to

         Our Annual Appeal

Please help support the DHSM’s fundraising goal by supporting the Annual Appeal. Please stay tuned for online donation options; in the meantime, please call or send a check in support of our operations. Contact information is above. We need you to help us to victory. Thank you!

Latest News
Holiday Ornaments & Gifts at Our Gift Shop

Holiday Ornaments & Gifts at Our Gift Shop

Saturdays in December from 11-2(December 15 & 22)Plus Tuesdays-Fridays, 9-5 Be sure to visit DHSM's Gift Shop for your holiday shopping! Our Dedham Pottery ornaments and seasonal figures are the last available since the closing of the Potting Shed, so pick yours...

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Trains a Tremendous Success!

Trains a Tremendous Success!

This year's holiday trains drew more than 750 people to the DHSM! This record number was due to the comfortable weather and increased publicity (thank you Dedham Times and others)---and no doubt to Peter Reynolds of the Blue Bunny, who suggested, as master of...

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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!