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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.

Jennifer Adler, Seth Albaum, & Maya_18


What is your Lynn story? Are you a current resident? Have ancestors that once lived here? We Are Lynn is an opportunity for museum visitors to share their connections to our great city. Whether you’re a longtime Lynner or just passing through, we want to know your story.


Currently featuring: COVID-19 Community Archive 


Participating in a global effort by museums, historical societies, and libraries to document the COVID-19 crisis, Lynn Museum/LynnArts wants to capture how our community has been impacted. We have been collecting Lynners’ personal and community engagement stories, photographs, artwork, and more during the pandemic. We encourage you to help us document our City’s experience during this time by adding your personal experiences to our display.


Accompanying the stories of our community are a selection of images from Somerville-based photographer, Katherine Taylor, and her Masks of Boston series.


This installation is temporary, located in our first floor galleries.




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 – December 15, 2021, located in our first floor galleries.


Official Opening: October 6, 2021, 6 pm

The official opening on October 6 will include a private reception and a program, open to the public. During the public program, Wiesel will discuss his research and artwork.

Self portrait Richard Wiesel
say their names
say their names 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 will open on Saturday, October 9th, located in the We Are Lynn exhibition area on our first floor gallery space.