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 is located at 67 Amity Street in Amherst, Massachusetts.
We are closed for the winter, and will reopen in May.
Amherst Historical Society: Upcoming Events
Did you ever wonder about the stories an antique bottle might tell — how it was made, how it was used, and how it was dug up by collectors? Join collector Jim Thomas as he shows us some bottles from his collection, and tells their stories.
Local author and writing teacher Sarah Dixwell Brown discusses her research into her ancestor, Robert Dixwell, who fled to Hadley after signing Charles I's death warrant.
A glimpse into the Amherst History Museum’s permanent collection:
Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and today is Native American Heritage Day, (established in 1990) and the Amherst Historical Society is pleased to take note of the varying stories around these holidays....
At noon on Friday, November 18, environmental historian Erik Reardon will discuss his book, Managing the River Commons, which brings new emphasis to the role that river fish and fishing played in...
Due to a sudden illness, our speaker needs to cancel tomorrow’s presentation on the Wachusett Reservoir. Coming up next week: on Saturday, November 12, at 3PM in the Jones Library, local author...
Amherst Juneteenth Observance at the Amherst History Museum on Saturday June 18, 2022.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fricke
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.
‘History Bites’–Highlights from past seasons
19th Century Spiritualism
Robert Cox – Director of Special Collections at UMass
Dec. 21, 2018
The AHS Bookstore
Help support the Amherst Historical Society! Shop our online store for books that highlight the history of Amherst. Titles include:
- Amherst A to Z by Elizabeth M. Sharpe
- Amherst and Hadley Through the Seasons by Daniel Lombardi
- Harvesting History by Sheila Rainford and Ruth Owen Jones
- History of the Black Population of Amherst 1728-1870 by James Avery Smith
- The Letters of Lathrop & Pomeroy by Lucy Whitelaw Rexford
- The Writing Master, by Kitty Burns Florey