Museums & Historic Sites

Whittier Home in Amesbury

The following places have historical significance to Amesbury’s past. Many are free or cheap to visit. Information on locations, hours, and costs are provided as available. Visit the linked websites for more information on the specific sites.

Bartlett Museum

Significance: The Bartlett Museum is home to Amesbury’s past with exhibits featuring historic events and artifacts, such as war, Native Americans, carriages, and the schoolroom that was once housed there.
: 270 Main Street, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Open from Memorial Day until Labor Day, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm or by appointment.
Admission Cost: $3 for adults, $1 for children.
Phone: 978-388-4528

John Greenleaf Whittier Home

Significance: This National Historic Landmark built circa 1829 is where John Greenleaf Whittier, the famous poet, lived and did most of his writing, which now remains with authentic furnishings and personal belongings.
Location: 86 Friend Street, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Open weekly for tours on Saturdays, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, from May through the end of October. Special tours and groups can be accommodated by calling.
Phone: 978-388-1337

Lowell’s Boat Shop

Significance: Lowell’s Boat Shop is a National Historic Landmark and working museum that aims to preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building since it was built in 1793.
: 459 Main Street, Amesbury, MA
Summer Hours, June 1 – October 15: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm
Winter Hours, October 16 – May 31: Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 4pm, Saturdays by appointment
Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays
Admission Cost:
Guided Tour: $8
Self-Guided Tour: $5
Senior/Student Guided Tour: $6
Senior/Student Self-Guided Tour: $4
Kids Under 12: Free
Phone: 978-834-0050

Macy-Colby House

Significance: As one of the oldest houses in Amesbury and a National Historic Landmark, the Macy-Colby house exhibits early-American architecture and artifacts. The house was built circa 1649, and was modified in the early 1740s.
Location: 257 Main Street, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Tours are available Memorial Day through Labor Day on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Admission Cost: $3 optional donation.
Phone: 978-388-3054

Mary Baker Eddy House

Significance: This house was built circa 1780 for the Bagley family, passing through the generations. In 1868 and 1870 it was home to Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, in 1868 and 1870. The home’s exterior has been restored to its original 1860s appearance, with a matching preserved interior.
: 277 Main Street, Amesbury, MA
Hours: Open May 2nd – October 31st on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am to 4pm, or by appointment (48 hours advance notice is suggested). Closed holidays.
Admission Cost: $7 suggested donation. Longyear members and children under 12 are free.
Phone: 800-277-8943 x100

Rocky Hill Meeting House

Significance: The Rocky Hill Meeting House was built in 1785 and has been preserved as an original eighteenth-century meeting house with original architecture and hardware.
Location: 4 Old Portsmouth Road, Amesbury, MA
Saturday, June 2: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
First and third Thursdays July 5 – October 18: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Church services in June and November.
Admission Cost: $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 students
Phone: 978-462-2634

Salisbury Point Railroad Museum

Location: 9 Water Street, Amesbury, MA