Natick Historical Society 58 Eliot Street, Lower Level Natick MA 01760 (508) 647-4841
Museum and Archives Hours:
Tuesday 2pm - 8:30pm (Afternoon - Evening)
Wednesday 1:30pm - 4:30pm (Afternoon)
Friday 10am - 12:30pm (Morning)
Saturday 10am - 12:30pm (Morning)
Summer Hours: June 17 to September 8, 2013
Monday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Afternoon)
Tuesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Evening)
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Morning - Afternoon)
Accessible to the handicapped.
Entrance to the Museum is free. Donations are appreciated to help defray the cost of maintaining and adding to the collections.
Docent-assisted research in the archives is free to members and is available to non-members for a daily charge of $10.
The Museum Collection
Housed on the lower level of the Bacon Free Library building in South Natick, the Historical Society's museum features among its collections the Indian Bible of the 17th century missionary, John Eliot, founder of the Natick Indian Community. The museum collection also includes artifacts of Archaic and Woodland as well as Christian Indian cultures.
Students of literature and history will be interested in the museum's collection of memorabilia of many of Natick's most distinguished citizen's including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Horatio Alger Jr., and Henry Wilson, the 20th Vice-President of the United States. The Wilson Memorial Shoe Shop stands on West Central Street.
Early maps, photographs, furnishings, tools, and costumes are displayed to illustrate the community's daily life in earlier periods.
Of particular interest to students of ornithology is the museum's natural history collection that features an outstanding array of birds of New England.
The Museum Library
The museum's library contains material relating to Natick and the surrounding towns, local authors, genealogy, and natural history.