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Explore the objects, photographs, and documents that reveal four centuries of life in New England.

With more than 123,000 objects and 1.5 million archival materials, Historic New England’s collection tells the most complete story of how New Englanders lived from the seventeenth century to today.

Search collections of photographs, wallpaper, jewelry, home furnishings, architectural drawings, clothing, and more, from the opulent to the everyday. While half of the object collections are on view at our historic sites, the Collections Access database is your chance to discover thousands of treasures not usually accessible to the public. You can also make an appointment to visit the Library and Archives in Boston to research archival collections in person.




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Featured Object

Love Token Coin Bracelet (c. 1885)

This silver "love token" bracelet features ten circular charms with personalized inscriptions of initials, first names, and drawings of butterflies inscribed on one side.

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Featured Blog Posts

Guests who attended a recent event Conservation Close-Up event at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in Gloucester, Massachusetts, were the first to learn the results of an exciting conservation project. Historic New England staff analyzed a collection of ceramic objects mended with visible gold repairs. Five vessels of possible Japanese and Korean origin in the Queen […]

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An important portrait of John Codman III (1755-1803) by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) has a permanent home at Historic New England’s Codman Estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. After being on loan for nearly thirty years, the painting was recently acquired from members of the Codman family. John Singleton Copley was colonial America’s greatest painter, famous for […]

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