From marine history to Norman Rockwell’s iconic artwork, the New England region delivers a rewarding array of insightful institutions. Stop by any of these five museums for a memorable and illuminating experience.
New England Wireless and Steam Museum (Rhode Island)
Perfect for any electrical or mechanical engineers, the New England Wireless and Steam Museum in East Greenwich celebrates America’s development of steam and radio power. This venue houses the best collection of Rhode Island-made engines as well as original drawings of stationary steam engines, per the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Explore the wireless collection to learn more about America’s cultivation of telegraphy, radio and TV technology. The museum provides a fascinating glimpse back in time to an age before computers, cell phones and other contemporary gadgets.
Maine Maritime Museum (Maine)
Located in Bath, this institution’s mission is “to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities.” Welcoming to adults and children alike, the Maine Maritime Museum excels at informing visitors about the region’s rich history of shipbuilding, sea trade and lobstering.
Browse informative displays that incorporate hands-on activities to keep guests of all ages engaged. Venture outside to witness boats being built in the Boatshop or take a guided tour through the historic Percy & Small shipyard. You can play on a pirate ship as well as dine under the Wyoming schooner, the largest wooden sailing vessel constructed in North America.
Children's Museum of New Hampshire (New Hampshire)
Venture to Dover to experience a family-friendly museum that focuses on educating the young and young-at-heart. The Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers an interactive journey through dynamic displays.
Whether you’re learning about dinosaurs, brain waves, music or aerodynamics, each exhibit is designed to pique children’s interests and catalyze their creativity. Check out the website to plan your visit to coincide with one of the museum’s special events, ranging from story time to play groups and even weekday science classes.
Norman Rockwell Museum (Vermont)
Rutland boasts a gem for fans of Norman Rockwell. Founded in 1976, this rustic museum gives off an unpretentious vibe to newcomers who want to learn more about the artist.
Peruse more than 2,500 of Rockwell’s paintings, advertisements and magazine covers. Learn more about the artist himself as well as the cultural context that inspired his creations. The museum highlights his Vermont years as well as his career as a whole, providing a holistic glimpse of his iconic contributions to American art.
Seashore Trolley Museum (Maine)
The Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport holds the reputation as the world’s largest and oldest museum of public transportation. The most popular attraction in this locale is the interpretive railway where you can ride restored streetcars to take in the view while discovering more about the history of the trolley system.
You can also browse other transportation vehicles housed in the Burton B. Shaw South Boston, Riverside and Highwood public exhibit buildings. Visit the website for more information about tickets and special events.
No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to experience a delightful, informative trip when you visit these New England museums.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, MA.