Upcoming Speaker Series
The Ben Fisher Memorial Lecture

Dedham’s Charlie Donelan:
Pioneering Baseball Sportscaster, Sportswriter,
and Sports Cartoonist of the 1920s
April 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Click here for details

Upcoming Event
Live Performance

Dedham Early Music and Dedham Museum present
The Arrow Quartet
March 25th, 4:00 p.m.

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Save History for the Future

Your contribution is a critical means of supporting our important mission to share and preserve local history and in keeping history present.
Please consider making a donation by clicking here or using your camera with the QR code directly below. Thank you.

Dedham Museum & Archive is working with developers to build a new website that will be completed in early 2023.
Funds for the site were secured from Dedham Savings Community Foundation and Mass Humanities. Stay Tuned!

Programs, Events & Lectures

Please visit the Current Events and Museum pages for more information on programs, events, exhibits, and our speaker series.

The Arrow Quartet

Saturday, March 25, 2023
4:00-5:00 p.m.

You’re invited to our annual Wine Party!
Click here for details.

2023 Spring Speaker Series

Click here for details about the upcoming April 19th talk about 1920s Dedham resident and sportscaster Charlie Donelan and future in-person lectures and webinars.
To view past webinars offered by Dedham Museum & Archive, click here.

Museum Changing Exhibit

World War II:
A Community Shares Its History
November 16th, 2022 through May 2023

Click here to learn more.

in Memory of Barbara Corey

Long-time Dedham resident Barbara R. Corey (Berry) passed away on November 23, 2022. Barbara proudly supported her community through many dedicated years at the Dedham Federal Credit Union and through volunteering with numerous organizations and boards. Her husband, Paul, served on the museum’s Board.

The Dedham Museum & Archive is honored that her family has requested donations in Barbara’s name be made to Dedham Museum & Archive (Dedham Historical Society).

Mother Brook
Historic Walking Tour

Take advantage of the autumn weather and go on a self-guided walking tour along the Mother Brook. Along the way, read the Historic Markers with information about a half dozen sites that are integral to Dedham’s history.

History Tidbits

DHSM may be closed to the public, but we will continue to bring history to you. Click here to read the latest History Tidbits.

The Kenneth Burt Programs Fund

Please join others in donating to the Kenneth Burt Archives & Programs Fund. Ken was Treasurer of the Dedham Historical Society & Museum from 1994-2003 and passed away in January 2020. His widow asked friends to contribute to the museum in his memory with funds put toward educational initiatives including family research and programs. We are pleased to report that donations are currently in excess of $1,000. We hope you will consider contributing to this fund. Thank you for your support. 


Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-5:00
First Saturday of each month: 11:00-2:00
To visit beyond the posted hours or make arrangements for a group, please send an email to

Admission $5 (nonmembers)
Members receive free entry to museum, library, and lectures, as well as discounts to programs and at the gift shop. Visit the Membership page for more details.

Archives & Library
Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00-2:00
To make an appointments or research query, please contact Nicole McAllister, archivist, at  

For details, visit the Research page of this website. Please note that masks are required.

Become a member and
Belong to Something Lasting

Interested in visiting more than 1,160 museums nationwide for free as a member of Dedham Museum & Archive? Visit our membership page to learn how.
Janet Haugh, Membership Officer

Gift Shop
We offer a selection of Potting Shed and Nash Pottery “Dedham Pottery” ceramics, a Dedham Pottery cotton throw, puzzles, ornaments, books, and more.  Stop by during the posted hours, call 781.326.1385, or email


Hours: 9:00-5:00 Tuesday through Friday.
Johanna McBrien, Executive Director

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


Are you interested in supporting a particular resource such as our educational programming, the archives, collections fund, or operating expenses?

Please help us Save History for the Future and make a donation. Click here or use the QR code below.  Thank you! 

Featured Items For Sale
in our Gift Shop
Call to purchase: 781.326.1385
or email

Inpired from our Collection


Publications, Note Cards, and More

Historic House Plaque Program

Help promote awareness of historic preservation and learn more about your home through a historic house plaque. Click here to learn more.

Latest News

There’s a new sign in town! 

Kiosk is installed on Museum’s front lawn.

If you’ve walked by the Dedham Museum & Archive recently you would have noticed the new red and gray kiosk on the museum’s front lawn at 612 High Street. With the double-sided kiosk the museum is now able to share information about upcoming events, programs, and news in a more visible way so please be sure to see what’s happening at your local museum!
         The kiosk, by Janiga Design with museum staff and committee input, is the latest component of the museum’s rebranding campaign, which includes the repainted interior, new color scheme, new name, and new logo—the museum’s iconic arch—all which are part of the kiosk. And for the installation, be sure to thank John Kelly of John Kelly Painting for making the difference in how wonderful the kiosk looks and for donating his time to help the museum! We appreciate his continued donations of time and materials to the museum, both inside and outside, in addition to his repainting the galleries, for which he was hired in 2022.
         Funding for the kiosk and logo were made possible through a SHARP grant from Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Mass Cultural Council and through the National Endowment for the Humanities via the American Rescue Plan.


Dedham Museum & Archive Receives Grant

Please join us in thanking Dedham Savings Community Foundation for a $19,418 grant to preserve, digitize, and expand accessibility to archival materials in the collection.

We are most appreciative for Dedham Savings Community Foundation’s partnership in Saving History for the Future. To learn more about how the grant funds will be used, click here

Dedham Museum & Archive Receives SHARP Grant

Dedham Museum & Archive is excited to announce that we are among ten non-profit organizations in the Massachusetts Metro-West region to receive a #SHARP grant from Mass Humanities with funding made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan. Ninety organizations across Massachusetts received grants totaling nearly $1 million ( To learn more, visit

Dedham Museum & Archive will use the funds to install a kiosk on our lawn to expand awareness of our diversity of programs and events, and for rebranding.
Stay tuned!

CARES Act Funds Received

In June, Mass Humanities announced that the Dedham Museum & Archive was one of 123 humanities organizations in the state to receive funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Click here to learn how the DM&A is using the funds to improve outreach and access.

Dedham Museum & Archive Receives State Funds

In early 2020, the Dedham Museum & Archive received State funds from the FY2019-2020 budget with the purpose of preparing two Feasibility Studies and a Strategic Plan. Learn more in the News section. 

Our Rebranding is Getting Noticed!

WBZ Radio reporter, anchor, and producer Chris Fama read our posts on social media about the repainted galleries and rebranding of the museum and stopped by to interview Executive Director, Johanna McBrien. Click here to listen the 40 second report.

A New Name & Logo for a Historic Institution

The 163-year-old Dedham Historical Society & Museum (DHSM) has a new name.In February 2022, the Board of directors voted to change the organization’s name to the Dedham Museum & Archive (DM&A) to reflect the importance of both the museum collection of...

Our Galleries Have a New Look!

From March 21st into early May, the museum and gift shop were closed while our historic galleries received a well-needed refresh. Isn’t this what we’re all looking for after the past few years? We are very excited about the repainting---only the second time since...

DHSM Receives Digital Capacity Grant

The DHSM is pleased to announce that we are among the fifty-nine Massachusetts non-profit organizations to receive a Digital Capacity Grant from Mass Humanities. The funding will be used for “Accessible History: Diverse Dedham for Classroom and Community,” a component...