Attend an Event or Program

How to Attend

Most programs are free and open to the public. In some instances we ask participants to register for programs in order to assist our planning. Please see the information below for the type of event or program you wish to attend.

Exhibitions

The exhibition galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. No registration is required.

Building Tours

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. For tour dates please visit the events calendar.

Lectures

Most lectures are free and open to the public. We ask that you register so we can anticipate attendance. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Brown-bag Lunchtime Programs

These are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

MHS Fellow/Member and Special Events

MHS Fellow and Member events and special events require preregistration. Some special events, such as Cocktails with Clio, carry a registration fee. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Seminars

All are welcome to attend these sessions at no charge. To assist us in our planning, an RSVP is required. E-mail seminars@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568 to RSVP.

Visit our Seminars page for details on subscribing.

Conferences

Our conferences require advance registration. Please consult the Conferences page for more information.

Upcoming Events

Environmental History Seminar

The Fight before the Flood: Rural Protest and the Debate over Boston’s Quabbin Reservoir, 1919 ...

16Jan 5:15PM 2018

In 1919, state engineers proposed solving Boston’s water supply crisis by damming the Swift River, flooding a western Massachusetts valley and evicting 2,500 ...

Brown Bag

Skulls, Selves, and Showmanship: Itinerant Phrenologists in 19th-Century America

17Jan 12:00PM 2018

"Come, then, one and all, and learn to know yourselves." With these words, a traveling phrenologist advertised his lecture to the public. Proponents of phrenology ...

Author Talk

Pauline Maier Memorial Lecture - Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention

17Jan 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

James Madison’s Notes on the 1787 Constitutional Convention have acquired nearly unquestioned authority as the description of the U.S. Constitution’s creation ...

From our Blog

This Week @ MHS

First things first in this weekly round-up: The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 15 January, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 16 January. Now that we have ...

A Midwinter’s Tale

  At eight o-clock on a January morning in 1891, and a world away from the ice-caked streets of his native New England, 52-year-old Henry Adams leisurely began to go about his day. Armed with ...

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