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“treasured history”

Old Colony History Museum
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Taunton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Old Colony History Museum houses significant collections which chronicle lives lived, wars waged, fortunes won and ingenuity rewarded. We encourage visitors to walk among our exhibits and discover regional history. Others can find their roots in our research library, specializing in local genealogy. The Museum's parent organization is the Old Colony Historical Society, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in New England. Founded in 1853, it serves the region of southeastern Massachusetts that was once part of the Plymouth Colony. At OCHM, we're committed to the preservation of our history through public engagement and community outreach. We're here to collect, curate, interpret and bring to vibrant life the history of the Old Colony, collaborating with the community to share those meaningful connections that knit together our past, present and future. We invite you to experience what we mean by history happens here. The Old Colony History Museum is located on historic Church Green in Taunton. The Museum has its headquarters in the former Bristol Academy, designed in 1852 by the New York architect Richard Upjohn.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Taunton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“treasured history”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Wonderful old building with artifacts. History and reference materials back to the 1600's. Paintings, furniture, maps exhibits and staff to help out in the library.

Visited June 2014
4 Thank sue f
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Katie M, Manager at Old Colony History Museum, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Thank you so much for your review! We are glad you had a good visit and hope that you can join us again soon,
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English first
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent! Staff is wonderful”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Took my middle school (grade 7&8) class here on two separate occasions. The staff was wonderful with them! The exhibits are interesting and they worked very well with the kids, helping them with a scavenger hunt and showing them how what they were seeing related to current life.
The people who work there clearly love what they do and are very committed to sharing
It is free and worth the trip.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank yankeegirl66
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Taunton, Massachusetts
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169 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Taunton Colonial History is Spectacular and Worth Seeing”
Reviewed 8 July 2013 via mobile

Across from the fountain at 66 Church Green is a wonderful museum. The Old Colony Historical Society. Small but interesting . Some displays Include Antiques , Art, Arrow heads, Jewelry, Iron work, Clocks, Silver, Military Uniforms , Firearms , Photography and Fire apparatus. This Months theme was Hats. Which will end in September. The Civil war will be in September. Free Passes are available at the Taunton Library on Pleasant Street. call for Hours.

Visited July 2013
4 Thank Tatej66
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Leominster, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Personal Tour”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

My mother and I stopped in for a visit in May 2010. We were warmly greeted and asked if we would like to see the curator's favorite items in the museum. We enthusiastically agreed and followed the women to several different exhibits where she answered our every question. Having grown up in Raynham and going on the tour as a 3rd grader, and it was as magical in 2010 as it was in 1998. We learned so much about Raynham hero Toby GIlmore and Taunton native Robert Treat Paine, that I got answers for questions the internet couldn't provide me with. Kudos to the Historical society for having such a wonderful place for Raynham and Taunton residents. Loved it! And hope to go back again!

Visited May 2012
3 Thank Haileelynn
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