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.
A glimpse into the Amherst History Museum’s permanent collection:
The Amherst History Museum is located at the Simeon Strong House,
67 Amity Street,
Amherst, MA 01002.
The Museum will be open on Saturdays from 11AM to 3PM through October.
1-DAY SKI AND WINTER GEAR SALE
Saturday, Oct. 29th, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
67 Amity Street, Amherst
Top-quality outdoor winter gear and clothing priced affordably for adults and children. Fundraiser for the Amherst History Museum.
– Upcoming Events –
Lecture with slides by author Ed Londergan. ‘Unlike Any Other’ is a novel based on the life of Bathsheba Spooner, a Revolutionary War-era woman, and Loyalist, married to a man she did not love, who is driven to thoughts of murder
Work on the Wachusett Reservoir was completed in 1905 and the reservoir first filled in May 1908 At the time, it was the largest man-made reservoir in the world, supplying drinking water to Boston via the Sudbury River.
Amherst Juneteenth Observance at the Amherst History Museum on Saturday June 18, 2022.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Fricke
Don't forget that Saturday is Eastern Hampshire History Day, with seven local museums open from 11AM to 4 PM Participating Locations: Amherst Historical Society & Museum, Amherst Hadley Farm...
Born in 1812, Henry Wilson was an American general, senator, and later vice president who played a key role in the political lead up to the Civil War, handling military affairs during the war, and...
Hello, my name is Christal, and I am an intern at the Amherst Historical Society. Before coming to this museum, I studied History and East Asian studies at Mount Holyoke College up to this May....
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
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