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Exhibitions

Historic New England partners with museums, galleries, and other venues to present exhibitions that draw from our Library and Archives, which contains more than one million items that document the region's architectural and cultural history, and our extraordinarily broad object collection, the largest assemblage of New England art and artifacts in the country.

Several of these exhibitions are available for rental by museums, galleries, and other venues. Learn more.

On View Now

Sugarloaf by Kerry Michaels

A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers

For more than two hundred years, Maine has inspired women to write. This exhibition pairs quotations from published works by Maine women writers with black-and-white images by photographer Kerry Michaels.

Through May 22, 2016
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine

Upcoming

New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity Postcard

New England Village: Rethinking Regional Identity

In this juried exhibition, twenty-three New England artists consider the value of regional identity in a world where digital media and corporate enterprise diminish cultural differences.

June 3 - September 11, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, June 18, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick, Maine

 

Woodstock Hill

Lost Gardens of New England

A beautiful exhibition on New England gardens, great and small, that no longer exist or only partially survive.

May 1 - October 31, 2016
Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Gardens, New Bedford, Mass.

 

Domestic Bliss Postcard

Domestic Bliss: Discarded, Remembered, and Imagined

Contemporary artwork by Karen Battles and Leslie Lyman incorporates the artists' found images and artifacts from the past. The artwork focuses attention on the things people leave behind—photographs, letters, clothing, boxes, books—and ask viewers to contemplate the passage of time and question the nature of memory.

June 3 - July 10, 2016
Opening reception: Friday, June 3, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, Portsmouth, N.H.

 

Hampton Beach,  New Hampshire

Touring New England, 1820-1970

Explore more than 100 years of travel and tourism in New England. This charming panel exhibition reveals the distinct characteristics of each New England state and showcases the worldwide appeal of New England's history, natural beauty, and regional attractions. Objects relating to travel in the Piscataqua Region are on display.

July 22 - October 16, 2016
Gov. John Langdon House, Portsmouth, N.H.

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