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”x4” 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.
“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.
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 temporary display is located in our second floor gallery.
In the decades around 1900, postcards were social media. They were e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr, all wrapped into one. This exhibition provides an extraordinary and nostalgic window into the cultural, social, and architectural history of early twentieth-century Lynn and its vibrant neighborhoods. We invite you to explore this exhibition of vintage postcards depicting some of the city’s famous places and spaces in bygone days. We have postcards available for purchase in our gift shop so you can send your very own!
This exhibit is located in our first floor galleries.