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Manchester Historical Museum

Manchester Historical Museum

The Manchester Historical Society was founded in 1886 “ to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.“ The Manchester Historical Society moved into its present headquarters, the Trask House in 1925.


Our mission is:


  1. To encourage, maintain and foster an interest in historical matters pertaining to the Town of Manchester, and
  2. To establish and maintain within the town a library and museum to collect and preserve objects which illustrate the history of the town.



The Manchester Historical Museum is housed in one of the town’s most beloved landmarks, the Trask House at 10 Union Street.  The house was built in 1823 by local businesswoman Abigail Hooper, who ran a thriving general store on the property. Today, the original rooms of the Trask House contain an impressive collection of period and Manchester-made furniture, artifacts and fine art. Guided tours of the Trask House are available for a suggested donation of $5 Tues- Fri (10-3) or by appointment, 978-526-7230.   The Summer Exhibit is open at no charge to the public July – September on Tuesdays-Fridays (10am– 3pm) and Saturdays (10am-1pm) or by appointment. More information can be found on the Manchester Historical Museum website:


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