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The Lynn Museum & Arts Center is a private 501c3 nonprofit and donation-based organization. Your contribution will help us fulfill our mission and bring the public the following:

  • Exciting and inclusive public programs and events.
  • Educational tours, workshops, and partnerships with local schools and out-of-school organizations.
  • Dynamic community-based exhibitions and installations.
  • Stewardship of our collection of over 10,000 objects celebrating Lynn’s history, art, and culture.
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Our 590 Washington Street location houses over 12,000 objects related to Lynn’s long and rich history, ranging from historic children’s toys to metal shoemaking machines to landscape paintings.  Our collection includes:


● Decorative arts
● Furniture
● Paintings and Prints
● Historical artifacts
● Textiles
● Vintage postcards
● Lynn souvenirs
● Photographs
● Archives


We have particular strengths in:

● Shoes and shoe-making tools
● Wedding dresses
● Firefighting equipment
● GE memorabilia
● Victorian textiles
● Lydia Pinkham objects
● Abolitionist artifacts
● Photographs

We have partnered with the Phillips Library of the Peabody Essex Museum to temporarily house and catalog our archival collection, which is currently on deposit with the Phillips Library and searchable in their PhilCat Catalogue. Please visit the Phillips Library website for open hours and accessibility details and to search for Lynn Historical Society archival holdings on the online database PhilCat.


The Lynn Museum relies on generous donations of funds, Lynn-related objects, and archives to strengthen its collection. However, like many museums and historical societies, we have limited space to store new collection donations.


If you want to donate objects to our collection, please share any images, object descriptions, and provenance to

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