Experience history at home

Jun 1, 2020

A visitor uses the Eustis Estate tour app while sitting in the large parlor
The Eustis Estate tour app is a great way to explore a historic house from your computer or mobile device.

All Historic New England sites are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. During this time, we remain committed to saving and sharing New England’s past with the broadest possible audience. Read on for ways that you can experience history at home.

This post was originally published on March 11, 2020, and previously updated on March 12 and 16, April 2 and 30, and May 8, 21, and 26.

Visit a historic house from your house
Historic New England offers web apps for two sites, the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, and Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Explore photos, videos and audio content, and archival materials related to the Eustis and Gropius families and their homes from your computer or mobile device.

Preview our next big exhibition
Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England is scheduled to open at the Eustis Estate this fall. But you can preview the exhibition, which features works in our collection dating from the 1730s to today, now. Explore Artful Stories online.

Tell us your COVID-19 story
A Time to Remember is Historic New England’s initiative to record and document how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting life at home in our region. Your insights and contributions will help Historic New England tell the story of this unprecedented time for generations to come. Learn more.

Say hi to a baby animal
On March 14, Halley, a calico goat at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm gave birth to an adorable baby girl, Comet. You can keep an eye on both Halley and Comet with our livestream videos of the goat pen and shed.

Comet the baby goat sits on top of towels soon after being born.

Become a virtual volunteer
Help Historic New England spread the word about one family’s influence on several important American landmarks. We’re looking for volunteers to transcribe the Casey Family Papers collection at home. Learn how you can help.

Hold an Everyone’s History film festival
Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series tells a diverse range of stories about life in New England in the twentieth century and beyond. Several of these projects resulted in documentary films that have won awards and screened at film festivals and on public television stations throughout the region. You can see them all on our YouTube channel.

Share online learning tools
At home with the kids? Explore our Family Ties Online Curriculum, using primary sources to teach children about history.

Students participate in an education program at Pierce House

Stay connected
Please follow our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for the latest information and updates from our historic sites.

Help Save and Share History

Historic New England is committed to saving and sharing the buildings, landscapes, collections, and stories that make our region special. We will continue to work to fulfill this mission while our historic sites remain closed, but we need your support.

Join or Renew Your Membership

Make a Donation

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From all of the staff and volunteers at Historic New England, thank you.

In addition to closing for regular hours, we are continuing to cancel or postpone ticketed events on a rolling basis. Ticketholders will be contacted as soon as possible when an event is canceled or postponed. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 617-994-6679.