Located at 66 Church Green in Taunton, Massachusetts, the Old Colony History Museum is home to an extensive collection of regional objects and archives and a research library specializing in local history and genealogy. It’s parent organization, the Old Colony Historical Society, was founded on May 4, 1853, making it one of New England’s oldest historical societies.
We are open year-round Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4, and offer many exciting exhibitions, activities, programs, research opportunities and, most importantly, an inspiring setting for visitors from around the block and around the world.
Mostly, we are about sharing our history with our community and look forward to showing you around sometime soon.
What is the Old Colony History Museum?
First, to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the region of southeastern Massachusetts once known as the Old Colony. Second, through a vigorous program of outreach and education, we aspire to interpret the area’s history in ways that are accessible, inclusive and meaningful to local residents and visitors.
Completed in 1852, the new building at 66 Church Green housed the Bristol Academy first as a private secondary school and later as a kindergarten. In the early part of the twentieth century, the Academy suffered due to competition from the public schools, and eventually ceased operations. In 1926, the Old Colony Historical Society moved into the building which is now home to the Old Colony History Museum and the organization’s extensive archive and library collections.
- Our object collection contains more than 13,000 unique items
- Our Archives & Library specialize in Southeastern Mass prior to 1850
- We’re a great destination for school and group visits
Here’s the good stuff! Some of our recent events are featured below.
Liberty & Union Walking Tour
Elementary School Field Trip
Girl Scouts Outreach Program
Liberty and Union Weekend