The DHS museum is open on Tuesday – Friday from 12 noon to 4 p.m, admission is $5 (free for members).
The museum houses a robust and varied collection of furnishings and artifacts ranging from Native American stone tools and the 1652 Metcalf great chair (oldest dated American-made chair) to an excellent collection of Dedham and Chelsea pottery. On exhibit are several rare and important clocks including one of only two known “astronomical shelf clocks” by Simon Willard.
The walls are filled with a number of important paintings by artists including John Constable, Gilbert Stuart, Amasa Hewins, Henry Hitchings, and Alvan Fisher. The Society also owns the largest collection of silver by Katherine Pratt, silversmith, which is currently on display.