590 Washington Street
Lynn, MA 01901
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: By Appointment Only
Thursday & Friday: 10am – 5pm
We are open the second Saturday of each month, 10am – 2pm, free to the public. Be sure to check out our calendar to see additional opportunities to visit the Museum!
General Admission: $5.00
Children under 12: Free
Lynn Museum/LynnArts Members: Free
From Route 128/I-95: Take exit 44 B to Route 129 East. Follow Route 129 East to intersection with Boston Street. Turn right on Boston Street. Turn left on Washington Street. Follow Washington Street approximately one mile. The Lynn Museum & Historical Society is located at 590 Washington Street, on the northeast corner of Washington Street and Union Street.
From Route 1A North: Take Route 1A North to Lynn. Turn left on Market Street. Turn right on Broad Street. Turn left on Union Street. Turn right on Washington Street. The Lynn Museum & Historical Society is located at 590 Washington Street, on the northeast corner of Washington Street and Union Street.
From Route 1A South: Take Route 1A South to Lynn. Turn right on Union Street. Turn right on Washington Street. The Lynn Museum & Historical Society is located at 590 Washington Street, on the northeast corner of Washington Street and Union Street.
Parking: Parking is available in the Lynn Museum parking lot accessible from Washington Street, immediately beyond the Museum Courtyard. The Museum entrance is located on the Courtyard side of the building. Street parking is also available.
LynnArts has spaces in the back of the building, clearly marked, in the lot accessible from Spring Street.
Please do not park in the Vamp Building parking lot (across Washington Street from the Museum) as it is resident only parking.
Although the first shoemakers in Lynn settled in 1635, it was not until the eighteenth century that shoemaking emerged in the town as a family practice within a shoemaker’s house positioned on the grounds of the homestead called the ten-footer. As quality and reputation grew, so did the city’s industrial growth, which led it into the nineteenth century, making Lynn a booming shoe city, a city once called “the greatest shoe town in the country.” People flocked to Lynn to cobble together a better life in the shoe factories. By the turn of the twentieth century, Lynn had become the largest shoe manufacturing city in the world, and the population had become an energetic and diverse mix of nationalities.
For 125 years, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society has been the repository and custodian of Lynn’s history. With nearly 10,000 objects, an extensive archive, and a priceless photography collection, the Museum chronicles Lynn’s rise from an early American settlement to an industrial powerhouse. Founded in 1897 by a group of citizens dedicated to documenting their rapidly changing city and preserving the remnants of Lynn’s colonial heritage, the Lynn Historical Society evolved over a century into the Lynn Museum.
Initially located in a residential building on Green Street, the Museum resides in the former Heritage State Park Visitor Center, a unique loft space that reflects the city’s industrial past. Its current home is ideal for the Museum to display its extensive fine art collection, photography, furniture, textiles, ephemera, archival materials, and other authentic artifacts through innovative changing exhibitions. Steeped in Lynn’s rich heritage, the Museum tells the compelling stories of manufacturing, industry, labor, abolitionism, women’s rights, and more that have shaped our nation.
In 2014, the Lynn Museum merged with its neighbors on Exchange Street, LynnArts, offering studio, gallery, and theatre space. Now undergoing a rebrand toward a common identity on the shared cultural campus, the Lynn Museum/LynnArts is looking forward intently. With history as our guide, we engage the region’s ever-changing community through exhibitions and programs that illuminate the past, celebrate the present, and inform the future.
Doneeca Thurston, Executive Director
Elena Hirshman-Seidel, Operations Manager
Susan Walker, Membership & Research Coordinator
Veronica Moeun, Guest Services Associate
Rianon Prushinski, Guest Services Associate & Social Media Manager
Joseph E. Scanlon III, President
Steven M. Walsh, First Vice President
Michelle Kane, Second Vice President
Steven Babbitt, Treasurer
Sandra Forziati, Secretary
Joe Boyd, Trustee
Michele Campbell, Trustee
Cheryl Crounse, Trustee
Iris Kimber, Trustee
Harry MacCabe, Trustee
Nancy McCarthy, Trustee
Gayle Richardson, Trustee
Pamela Scangas, Trustee
Rosario Fresco, Endowment Trustee
Lynn Museum/LynnArts staff are happy to schedule tours with visitors in advance. Whether it is a general tour of our exhibits or something more personally tailored to your needs and interests, we are flexible and willing to provide the best educational experience!
Please contact Elena Hirshman-Seidel at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 781-581-6200, to discuss details, dates and times, and rates.
We carry a variety of Lynn t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, masks, stationary, handmade goods, books, Fluff merchandise and more.
Not able to come to the Museum? No problem! Email us at email@example.com or call us at 781-581-6200 to inquire about shipping merchandise.
Consider purchasing, renewing or gifting a Lynn Museum/LynnArts membership, where you can enjoy all the Museum has to offer all year long! Members get 15% off in our shop, discounts on events and special programs, and can bring a guest with them for free when they visit.