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Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield

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Memorial Hall is one of New England’s oldest museums. When Deerfield Academy’s original 1798 school building became available, antiquarian George Sheldon organized the collection of artifacts he was assembling, and in 1880 Memorial Hall opened. The museum’s extraordinary collection of furnishings, paintings, textiles, and Indian artifacts is “the finest collection of local antiquities in New England” and is one of America’s oldest museums.
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  • This is a great museum. The displays are very informative and interesting. We spent three hours there but could have stayed longer. There is so much to see. Our guide was a wealth of information.....  more
    This is a great museum. The displays are very informative and interesting. We spent three hours there but could have stayed longer. There is so much to see. Our guide was a wealth of information.....  more »
  • Deerfield is great town which looks right out of the past and is a delight to visit and wander around. At the southern end of the historic district is the Memorial Museum located in the original... 
    Deerfield is great town which looks right out of the past and is a delight to visit and wander around. At the southern end of the historic district is the Memorial Museum located in the original...  more »
  • Outstanding collection of early New England Americana in a beautiful historic building. The "Indian House" door which survived the 1704 French and Indian attack on the village of Deerfield is amazing....  more
    Outstanding collection of early New England Americana in a beautiful historic building. The "Indian House" door which survived the 1704 French and Indian attack on the village of Deerfield is amazing....  more »
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  • One of the best museums I’ve been to in my life. All the artifacts told the story of the Deerfield area and were so interesting and unique. The museum has been lovingly curated for centuries. The docents, Tom and Kay, made the whole experience so special. They’re incredibly friendly and excited about sharing their knowledge. The museum gift shop was a gem. Full of antiques and local crafts- nothing generic whatsoever. We had the best time at this museum and will remember it forever.
  • Up close and personal experience of history through thoughtfully curated exhibitions, which, if you are attentive to them, will invigorate your feelings beyond measure. The arts, agriculture, politics and the boundaries that define culture are represented in a comforting and relaxed environment. Highly recommend. Donation box at the door.
  • Travellers, this museum, located in the original Deerfield academy building, is one of the oldest museums in the country. It was founded in 1880. The museum is filled with early American artifacts of all kinds. There is a room full of cookware, a room of quilts, clothing and shoes, pottery, dolls, and so much more. The dollhouse is amazing as is the shoe collection. The feet were tiny in those days. Most interesting is the front door that bears a tomahawk chop mark from a home that was attacked in the Indian raid on old Deerfield. Wonderful local museum. The staff is very knowledgeable and was able to answer all the questions. A wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Open weekends. Check it out. We recommend.
  • We were driving through Old Deerfield enjoying a beautiful fall day and saw the Museum was open - with free admission no less. So of course we pulled over to visit and three (3!) hours later we walked out having learned so much about the history of this town. Fascinating collection, welcoming staff, and we liked the way they have rephrased some of the displays to put the raid in context of what was happening at the time. Please note: this rephrasing was done in 2004 on the 300th anniversary of the raid. Kudos, Museum! Unfortunately it's closing soon for the winter so unless you can get there in the next few days (check their website) you'll have to wait til 2021 to enjoy this gem. Five stars and four thumbs up.
  • This place was super interesting and educational. The people who work there were fabulous!! Very informative and fun. Great little spot.

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