"I had a view of Williamstown ... a white village and steeple in a gradual hollow, with high mountainous swells heaving themselves up, like immense, subsiding waves, far and wide around it."

Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1838

Who We Are

A Museum & Research Center

 The Williamstown Historical Museum is the OFFICIAL  custodian of Town artifacts

(by vote of town meeting, August, 1994).


The Williamstown Historical Museum is an admission-free museum and research center dedicated to explaining the history of the most northwestern township of Massachusetts.  read more

We’ve Gone Digital!

Our Catalog

We invite you to view selections from our collection online!  Our searchable image catalog contains select images of photographs, museum objects and archive items related to Williamstown’s history.  read more …

Family Friendly

Upcoming Family Programs

Saturday, November 12, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Milne Public Library

Free Family Program

Critters of Mount Greylock:  History, Stories and Song

Join us for a rousing interactive musical exploration of the animals, both wild and domesticated, that have defined Mount Greylock throughout the ages. Let’s make a song and dance out of it!  Learn more…..



Children’s Discovery Room

The Williamstown Historical Museum is a family friendly place. In addition to a small booklet that parents can use to help their children explore the various sections of our exhibits, and activities in most sections that engage children, our Children’s Discovery Room is a special space just for kids. Here young people can play with toys from another era, such as cup and ball, whirligig, game of graces, wooden tops, flip books, cornhusk dolls, paper dolls with period clothing,  mechanical banks, and hoops with sticks for rolling them; read  children’s books from the 1800s; dress up in historically accurate period clothing complete with tricorn hats and wooden canteens for the boys, and drawers, corsets, petticoats, aprons, and bonnets along with dresses for the girls; sit at old school desks and complete work from old lesson books using slates and slate pencils, and. You will definitely want to bring a camera! At their parents’ discretion, children ages six and up can happily amuse themselves here while parents explore the exhibit in greater depth, or conduct their own research. Because children learn by doing, they may even learn a little something about life in another era and begin to make comparisons with their own life today while they are having fun exploring all the room has to offer.

children's room