The Amherst History Museum opened in 1916 and is governed by the Amherst Historical Society, which was founded in 1899. Housed in the 1750-era Simeon Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town’s colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present. The Museum is filled with decorative arts, paintings, household implements, agricultural tools and other pieces of history from the nearly three hundred years since Amherst was settled. The Museum will be open on Saturdays, noon to 4, into November.
The Annual Ski Sale!
Saturday, October 30, from 9 am – 2 pm
The Amherst History Museum, 67 Amity St.
Choose from a vast selection of new and used downhill, cross-country skis, ski poles, helmets, snowshoes, boots, skates, snowboards and outdoor clothing all in adult and youth sizes.
Shop early for the best selection and sizes. Halloween costumes are encouraged, but masks will be required. Proceeds benefit the Amherst Historical Society.
‘History Bites’ Lunchtime Lecture Series
Join the Amherst Historical Society for ‘History Bites,’ our popular 30-minute lunchtime lecture series on various aspects of the history of Amherst. Held via Zoom this season due to mask mandates.
The town of Pelham is located just east of Amherst. It is known for being the home of Daniel Shays, and for losing a portion of its land to the Quabbin Reservoir in the 1930s. It is also the home of the longest continual...
Mabel Loomis Todd was married to the Amherst College astronomer, David Peck Todd, and lived in Amherst from 1881 to 1917. She was a world traveler, author, and editor, who, along with Thomas Wentworth Higginson, was re...
‘History Bites’–Highlights from past seasons
19th Century Spiritualism
Robert Cox – Director of Special Collections at UMass
Dec. 21, 2018
our latest Updates
The Amherst Historical Society is applying for a grant so we can commission a professional engineering/structural analysis of the Strong House and grounds. Surprisingly, such an analysis has never...
Last spring, the Amherst Historical Society hosted a series of four Zoom lectures (‘Brut Bites’) on Brutalist architecture at UMass. You may view the lecture videos here: April 12: UMass Then/Now ...
This Friday, September 10, at noon, we will begin our fall History Bites lecture series with Robert McMaster, who will discuss his new book on Edward Hitchcock. Edward Hitchcock was one of the most...
A glimpse into the Amherst History Museum’s permanent collection:
Become a volunteer
Find out how you can help. The Amherst Historical Society depends on the support of the community. We are currently looking for gardeners, educators, fundraisers, and more. Contact us for more information.