Special Exhibits

Memorial Hall Museum is now closed for the season. It will reopen in May 2017—weekends only in May; Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) June through October. In the meantime, follow our off-season activities and musings on the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Memorial Hall Museum, and Old Deerfield Craft Fair Facebook pages.

Admission is $6 for adults; $3 for youth and students 6-21.  The museum is also open by appointment or for school groups; please call 413-774-7476 ext 10 if you would like to schedule a group tour. Within the museum’s 19 rooms of art, history, and culture are several Special Exhibits listed below. For a glimpse of Past Exhibits, click here.


music roomMUSIC ROOM   In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Memorial Hall Museum’s 1916 wing, the Music Room has been renovated and reinstalled with three centuries of musical instruments, furniture, and artwork. Franklin County’s first piano, Hadley chests, and portraits will be featured in this special exhibition.

children in DeerfieldCHILDREN OF DEERFIELD: PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANCES AND MARY ALLEN   Celebrated as the “foremost women photographers in America” in 1901, Frances and Mary Allen’s 1885 to 1915 photographs provide a unique glimpse of childhood in rural New England.  This exhibition features idyllic photographs of children on the farm, at play or in costume in old Deerfield.

(opens June 3rd)
Conch shells used for dinner horns? Wreaths made from human hair? Weapons made with shark’s teeth? Out-of-the-ordinary curios and keepsakes are featured in an exhibition with an emphasis on intriguing narratives and “otherness.”  This exhibition features rarely seen relics and curiosities gathered and preserved in Memorial Hall since 1799.


Made of Thunder, Made of Glass II
Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork

May 30 – November 1, 2015

Intricate, colorful, and symbolic, beadwork is a traditional form of Native artistic expression.  In this exhibition, over 250 extraordinary examples of contemporary and historical Native American beadwork made in the Northeast between 1800 and 2015 are accompanied by compelling portraits of the beadwork artisans by Gerry Biron.  On view at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA.

Robert Strong Woodward: Artist For All Seasons
September 5 – November 1, 2015

Robert Strong Woodward, Mrs. Keach's Front Porch, 1933. Private Collection

Robert Strong Woodward, Mrs. Keach’s Front Porch, 1933. Private Collection

The realist paintings of Robert Strong Woodward (1885-1957) are marked by strong lines, beguiling compositions, and pragmatic colors. Featuring landscapes and scenes of rural Buckland, Massachusetts, dating to the 1930s, this special exhibition celebrates New England regionalism.  Organized by the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward, on view at Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield.

God's quiet acre, low res“New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885 – 1950”
Thursday, October 1, 7 pm
Lecture by William Hosley at Memorial Hall Museum, in conjunction with the recently-opened exhibition “Robert Strong Woodward: Artist for All Seasons.”


Robert Strong Woodward

Memorial Hall Museum
Open through October 13th:
There will be a special exhibition of paintings by New England artist Robert Strong Woodward (1885–1957) at Memorial Hall Museum, presented by the Friends of Robert Strong Woodward. Museum admission grants access to both the exhibition and the museum’s collections.

At Arms’ Length: Photographs by Masha Arms

Masha ArmsAn exhibition of 28 gelatin silver photographs dating from 1936 to 1950 of Depression-era people, children, fashion models, and Robert Frost and his family. Using the newly introduced 35mm Leica—a small and unobtrusive camera favored by photojournalists—Masha Arms mastered light and composition to create compelling portraits, figure studies and landscapes. After teaching photography in Washington, DC, in 1941 Arms moved to Greenfield, Massachusetts, where she actively pursued photography for another twenty years.

See more Masha Arms images on PVMA’s Facebook page here.