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Bartlett Museum, The

270 Main Street
Amesbury, Massachusetts

Phone: 978-388-4528--

Statement of Purpose:

Local history. Pre-historic stone tools, natural history, school room. Changing exhibits.

Highlights & Collections:

The Museum is housed in a former school building, built in 1870 and named after Josiah Bartlett, a local resident who signed the Declaration of Independence. Exhibits rotate. Currently, they include:

A.     An original schoolroom, with antique school desks, as well as children's games and toys.

B.     A Natural History room, featuring a large collection of preserved birds, as well as fossils, minerals and shells.

C.     Local history, including artifacts from Amesbury's once-flourishing carriage industry, old maps and mementos of the Town's history.

The Salisbury Point Railroad Society's museum is also located on the same site. The Railroad museum has an extensive collection of railroad artifacts.


Birds of Massachusetts

Museum information: 

The Bartlett Museum held its Annual Dinner Meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Union Congregational Church as part of a fundraiser for the church.

The following officers were elected for the 2011-12 year: President, Anthony Knapp; Treasurer, Steve Klomps; Membership Secretary, Carol Finn; Public Relations/Fundraising and Acting Secretary, Dianne Cole. At-large Board Members will be Tim Gurczak, Harry Lucier and Gina Moscardini. The Museum still has openings for several Board members and is in need of a Secretary to record minutes at the monthly meetings.


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This 1870 Italianate style "Ferry School" house features local history in the carriage industry, old maps, and mementos, a collection of prehistoric and Native American artifacts, memorabilia from Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods, a Natural History Room featuring birds, shells and fossils, an original vintage schoolroom and a carriage shed.

The Museum runs totally on membership fees, volunteers and donations. Monetary donations can be sent by mail to P.O. Box 692, Amesbury, MA 01913.

Our membership is open to adult men and women from any town or state. Additional volunteers are needed to maintain the museum, assist with the collections and staff the facility. Also, the Board of Directors still has four one-year volunteer positions open. Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. For more information about joining the museum, becoming a Board Member or volunteering please leave message at 978-388-4528.


The museum is open seasonally, and by appointment. Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day
Fridays through Sundays: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Museum is also open 1:00 pm  to 4:00 PM on holidays.
To see the Museum during other times, or to make arrangements for group tours, call 918-388-4528 or 978-388-7950.

Admission & Directions:

Adults: $3.00
Children & seniors: $1.00

School groups welcomed.



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Key Personnel:

Hazele Kray, Museum Director

Jean Davis; Harland Main.

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