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The MHS library and galleries are closed Friday, 22 December, through Monday, 1 January.

Visit the MHS

The MHS offers many resources for visitors to learn, connect, and inspire including exhibitions, events, seminars, workshops, and a research library. Our building is handicap accessible. Find out about upcoming events, explore our exhibitions, and learn more about our COVID-19 protocols.

Our regular gallery hours are Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PMTuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Our regular library hours are Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PMTuesday from 9:30 AM to 7:45 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please note that the MHS opens at 12:00 PM on the second Tuesday of the month). Visit hours and admission for hours and closings related to holidays and other events. Please note that the last admission for exhibition and library visitors is 45 minutes prior to closing.

An advance appointment is strongly encouraged for library visitors. Please log-in to your Portal1791 account to select your preferred visit dates. 

For directions to the MHS, click here.

 

Who We Are

 

Regular Hours

  • Visit hours and admissions for closings related to holidays and other events. The last admission for visitors is 45 minutes prior to closing.
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  • Exhibition Galleries
  • Monday, and Wednesday through Friday: 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM (galleries and library open at 12:00 PM the second Tuesday of the month)
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
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  • Library
  • Monday, and Wednesday through Friday: 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM to 7:45 PM (galleries and library open at 12:00 PM the second Tuesday of the month)
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Directions & Parking

  • The MHS is located at:
  • 1154 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Massachusetts 02215
  • Tel: 617-536-1608
  • Fax: 617-859-0074
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  • For a map link and parking options, see our directions page.

 

Calendar of Events

  • Please check our calendar for hours and closings due to holidays and other events.
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About the MHS

Founded in 1791, the MHS tells the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures.

More about the MHS

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Library

Free and open to the public, the MHS library welcomes researchers of all ages and experience levels. The library does not lend materials, but anyone wishing to view the collections can register as a researcher through our online request system and use materials in our building.

Plan your visit to the MHS library.

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Exhibitions

Explore a variety of topics and collection items on display in our gallery spaces. The galleries are open Monday, and Wednesday through Friday, from 10:00 AM to 4:45 PM; Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:45 PM; and Saturday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please note that the last admission for exhibition visitors will be 45 minutes prior to closing.

Current exhibition

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MHS Fund and Membership

The MHS welcomes history lovers from near and far to join its community. Learn how to support the MHS and become a member.

Support the MHS

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Tours

Take a tour of the Society’s historic building and learn more about the history and collections of the MHS.

Calendar of tours

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FAQS

Explore a list of commonly asked questions and answers.

View frequently asked questions