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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”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


“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 temporary display is located in our second floor gallery.

The Postcards of Lynn


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.

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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 located on our first floor gallery.



The story of women’s suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans’ lives today.


Based on the National Portrait Gallery exhibition of the same name, Votes for Women seeks to expand visitors’ understanding of the suffrage movement in the United States. The poster exhibition addresses women’s political activism, explores the racism that challenged universal suffrage, and documents the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment which prohibits the government from denying U.S. citizens the right to vote on the basis of sex. It also touches upon the suffrage movement’s relevance to current conversations on voting and voting rights across America.


Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.


This temporary display is located in our second floor gallery.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn


Untold Stories: A History of Black People in Lynn is an upcoming collaborative exhibit between the Lynn Museum and members of Lynn’s Black community. Opening in Fall 2020, this exhibit plans on exploring the history of Black people of Lynn from the colonial period to present day. Focusing on individuals, events, and thematic areas the exhibit will cover a wide variety of topics, including culture and identity, the lives of free and enslaved people, and the role of black churches in the community.


In order to tell this nuanced story of Black life in Lynn, the collaborative exhibition committee will choose objects and photographs from the Lynn Museum’s collection. In addition, the committee will look to the community to share their objects, photographs, and stories. The exhibition team will also use collected oral histories of Black Lynn residents. The oral history project was conducted by North Shore Community College students, pictured below with interviewee Deb Potter, as part of their service learning at the Lynn Museum.