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Todd Gieg’s Narrow Gauge Diorama


Featured in The Boston Globe and Chronicle, view a 19th century diorama of the Lynn, Boston, and Revere Railroad constructed by Lynn-based artist Todd Gieg. The Narrow Gauge ceased operation in 1940 but was instrumental in the development of the North Shore, with many of the railroad stations still being used by the MBTA’s Blue Line.


Currently made up of three, 4” x 4” sections, the diorama took Gieg twelve years to create, and he hopes to complete the rest of the railroad diorama within the next 8 years.


This display is a temporary deposit, located in our second floor galleries.

To see more of Todd’s process and learn the history behind the Diorama, check out his additional videos here.

Industry & Craft: People At Work In Lynn


“Industry & Craft: People At Work In Lynn” explores the different industries of Lynn Massachusetts, and shows that the Shoe City was the origin of many inventions that revolutionized the economy. Starting with early industries making flax for clothing and ice for refrigeration to modern day industry like the General Electric Company, this exhibit displays the artifacts of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society and shares the stories of real people at work in Lynn.


This exhibit is permanent, located in our second floor galleries.

Collecting For: The Artifacts of Lynn


What is a museum? Why do museums collect? “Collecting For: The Artifacts of Lynn” features highlights from the collection of the Lynn Museum & Historical Society, and information on the history and evolution of this institution. Explore concepts of museum collecting from the earliest “cabinets of curiosities” to modern day museums. Spotlights include our Victorian furniture and decorative arts collection, Abolitionism and collecting to preserve the history of social movements, and historic preservation.


This exhibit is temporary, located in our second floor galleries.

Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn


Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn is a collaborative exhibit between the Lynn Museum and members of Lynn’s Black community. This exhibit explores the history of Black people of Lynn from the colonial period to present day. Focusing on individuals, events, and thematic areas the exhibit covers a wide variety of topics, including culture and identity, the lives of free and enslaved people, and the significant leadership roles Black Lynners have played in the community.


In order to tell this nuanced story of Black life in Lynn, the collaborative exhibition committee have chosen objects and photographs from the Lynn Museum’s collection. In addition, the committee has looked to the Lynn community to share their objects, photographs, and stories. The exhibition team also use collected oral histories of Black Lynn residents, conducted by North Shore Community College students as part of their service learning at the Lynn Museum.


We encourage the community to continue sharing “Untold Stories” of Lynn’s Black history with us so we can add to the exhibit while it is on view. For more information contact director@lynnmuseum.org.


This exhibit is temporary, located in our second floor galleries.

Self portrait Richard Wiesel


The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University presents an exhibition of Richard Wiesel’s poster-size photographs of artifacts from German concentration camps. Each reproduction in the exhibit is a subtle and often tragic journey into the unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust. Wiesel is a renowned photographer who recently turned to exploring the power of photographs in storytelling, especially in the absence of language and documentation.


This exhibit will run from October 1, 2021 through January 28, 2022, located in our first floor galleries.

say their name installation


Inspired by the “Say Her Name” movement and calls to take down statues that commemorate violence against, black, indigenous, and communities of color, the Say Their Names project empowers youth in imagining and creating public art that honors the important roles black individuals have played in their communities and our nation. The project generates long lasting art that honors black history and concrete community organizing tools and skills for the youth leaders to drive broader social change. The vision is that the art is only the beginning: the youth leaders will continue to lead conversations about racism, oppression, and violence within their communities long after the project ends.


The mural was created by area Lynn Youth and artist Zahirah Truth. Zahirah is a multifaceted artist with an art practice that is varied via paintings, murals, jewelry, and performance. Zahirah is known for creating work that integrates social justice, cultural awareness, and trauma informed educational approaches. She has collaborated with the community to develop engaging learning opportunities with arts organizations and others to focus on workshops and art curation that are inclusive to all.


The mural together will have a border of ceramic tiles with an illustration of a rose that is bleeding as it represents the rose and thorn of life as well as the lives that are lost and honoring all loved one and ancestors collectively. Approximately 6” inches in height and width and will fill the border with approximately 50 tiles.


This temporary installation is located in the We Are Lynn exhibition area on our first floor gallery space.

say their names


Through more than twenty paintings, displays, and banners, visitors will learn how the first Black voting system evolved into Salem’s 281-year-old “Black Picnic Day” celebration. Guests will learn how West African slaves pioneered Black self-governance, and how white America used voting suppression methods to constrain elections.


The exhibition’s story begins with the first Black King/Governor in Massachusetts, elected by the Black community in 1740. From there, it follows other Black New Englanders who have earned this title, and explains the relevance of their contributions.


Salem United, Inc. was founded in 2015 by three Black women: mother and daughter Lorraine and Doreen Wade, and their colleague Su Almeida. The Wades have traced their family history back to the 1600’s in Massachusetts. President Doreen Wade has taken a powerful interest in preserving the history of Black self-governance in New England. This exhibit is the fruit of her research efforts.


This temporary exhibition will open in November of 2021, located on our first floor gallery space.


Join us Thursday, December 9th between 4-6 pm for a ribbon cutting and opening celebration.




Opening April 2022


Identity is the defining characteristic and quality of a person or thing. Within a collective of people, identity is also rooted in the sense of belonging. After the 1970 U.S. carpet bombing of Cambodia, codenamed “Operation Menu”, Cambodia and her people suffered a deadly and traumatic social and cultural revolution. The Khmer Rouge regime consequently led to the largest displacement of Khmer people. Seeking refuge in a foreign land, assimilation, and preservation of the homeland cultural identity lead to a third cultural identity that is not the homeland’s, nor the new country.


We are Khmer-Americans and a Khmer immigrant. Our parents and families were Khmer people who survived the Pol Pot genocide and the subsequent refugee camps/mass diasporic movement.


We are part of the Khmer artist and storytelling community, the protectors of Khmer culture and identity. We aim to educate ourselves and others about Khmer history so that we can be well informed as we explore and shape our contemporary Khmer identity.


Khmer Identity’s logo was inspired from the Khmer Classical Dance hand gesture that represents “flower”. Also paying homage to lakorn sbek (large leather shadow theater), the gesture casts a shadow of a living flower onto the background, a symbol of our resiliency. We hope that with love for the community, you will join us in blooming from the shadow of our complicated past as we look forward toward our future.


Daveth Cheth: Founder, Visionary, Writer
Cindy Sous: Designer, Illustrator
Davey Chhoeun: Fashion Designer, Stylist

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Opening in 2022


On April 27, 2022 the Lynn Museum & Historical Society, today better known as Lynn Museum/LynnArts, will celebrate their 125th anniversary. While things may look a bit different than our early years, our mission remains the same: preserve, interpret and promote the diverse cultural heritage of Lynn.


Over the past 125 years, we have been able grow and maintain a collection of over 10,000 objects chronicling Lynn’s rise from early American settlement to industrial powerhouse. This rotating exhibition will debut in 2022, highlighting some of the newer objects that have been accessioned into the collection, as well as some fan favorites and never-before-seen artifacts.