Literary Museums of Massachusetts


We are working with design specialist Lisa Carta (Florence, MA) to develop a map of the museums of the book in Massachusetts that will be available online and in print in 2016.

LitMuseums_draftTo date, we have plotted twenty-seven institutions that are open to the public, offer regularly scheduled tours, and foreground in their interpretation the life and work of a significant author or the art and process of making and illustrating books and other print material.

The complete list is below.  If you think we have overlooked an important literary museum/museum of the book in the commonwealth, email us to discuss at



Literary Museums of Massachusetts:

Abigail Adams Birthplace, Weymouth
Adams National Historical Park, Quincy
The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum & National Memorial Sculpture Garden, Springfield
Arrowhead, Herman Melville’s House, Pittsfield
Crane Museum of Paper Making, Dalton
Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
The House of Seven Gables, Salem
John Greenleaf Whittier Home and Museum, Amesbury
John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead, Haverhill
Longfellow House (and Washington’s National Headquarters), Cambridge
Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
The Museum of Printing, Haverhill
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
The Old Manse, Concord
Ralph Waldo Emerson House, Concord
The Sargent House Museum, Gloucester
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Adams
Thoreau Farm, Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, Concord
Thornton W. Burgess Museum, Sandwich
The Wayside, Concord
William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
Yiddish Book Center, Amherst