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.
Come explore the museum’s 19 rooms of art, culture and history! See some of the collection highlights here.
MEMORIAL HALL MUSEUM is open 11 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) through October 31, 2021. Unless fully vaccinated, visitors are required to wear a mask. Thank you for helping to keep our community safe. All museum staff are fully vaccinated.
To celebrate PVMA’s 150th anniversary, we are pleased to offer FREE admission this season. Get directions here.
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 once again 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 library is open year-round, but due to current COVID-19 restrictions, is open by appointment only. To make an appointment call 413-775-7125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.