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.
Learn more about Memorial Hall Museum here. Come explore 19 rooms of art, culture and history! (See some of the collection highlights here; find out about this year’s Special Exhibits here; and upcoming Events here.)
2023 OPEN HOURS: Memorial Hall Museum is open weekends from 11 am to 4:30 pm from April 15th through the end of May. We look forward to welcoming you! From June through October, we’re open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).
In recognition of Deerfield’s 350th anniversary this year, admission to the museum is FREE. Donations welcome.
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Note to Teachers and Special Interest Groups: Memorial Hall Museum is also available for field trips and group tours. More information here.
Memorial Hall Museum joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide. “Like the resilience that military families demonstrate time and again, PVMA’s Memorial Hall Museum is an example of resiliency in the arts sector over the past year,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We are grateful to PVMA’s Memorial Hall Museum for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer.”
The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Library—located next to Memorial Hall Museum—has an exceptional collection of manuscripts, diaries, account books, town records, maps and other documentation.
The PVMA library, part of the Memorial Libraries (the PVMA library and Historic Deerfield library) is open year-round, Tuesday through Friday 9 am–12pm and 1–5 pm; closed Mondays and holidays.
From April through November 2023, the library will also be open the first Saturday of the month, 9 am-12 pm, 1-5 pm.
For general inquiries, call 413-775-7125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.