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The Hingham Historical Society was established in 1914 to collect, preserve, and promote Hingham’s historic heritage. The Society maintains three historic properties/museums including; the 1665 Major General Benjamin Lincoln House Museum, the 1686 Old Ordinary House Museum and the 1818 Hingham Heritage Museum.
Today, the Hingham Historical Society offers group experiences and engagement opportunities for all ages. The team at the Hingham Heritage Museum and Visitors Center can help you plan your visit to this beautiful seaside village. Hingham is not only rich in history, but offers wonderful shopping, restaurants, outdoor adventures and other area attractions.
Visitors can schedule property tours as well as Historic Downtown Hingham Walking Tours within normal business hours or by appointment at www.hinghamhistorical.com or by calling 781-749-7721.
Larger Tour Groups of 10 people or more can be accommodated for multiple property visits and specialized presentations. To inquire about Group Outings and personalized excursions, please email email@example.com.
A Sneak Peek at the Hingham Historical Society’s Properties…
The Hingham Heritage Museum houses the Society’s archives, the Gillis Reading Room, Exhibit Galleries, Museum Shop and Visitors Center. The Kelly Gallery features items from the Historical Society’s permanent collection. The second floor ballroom features full scale exhibitions varying from fine art to archeological discovers to historical artifacts. Self Guided Tours and Guided Tours & Presentations are offered year round at this property.
The Old Ordinary House Museum is a remarkable example of early American architectural and cultural history. Visitors will enjoy a chronicled look into the early life and history of Hingham and the South Shore of Boston. In addition to the 1686 House Museum, the property includes the Olmsted Garden, the Old Fort and the Arts and Crafts Annex. This location is open for tours and special events mid-June through September and again in November for the popular Candlelight Tours.
The Major General Benjamin Lincoln House Museum is the most recent acquisition of the Hingham Historical Society. Major General Benjamin Lincoln, 1733-1810, was a veteran of the three principal Revolutionary War campaigns at Saratoga, Charleston, and Yorktown. He accepted the British sword of surrender at Yorktown, ending the hostilities during our War of Independence. This preserved House Museum transports visitors back in time through a series of rooms that illustrate 300 years of family stewardship from the Revolution to the Present Day. Tours will be available year round for this House Museum starting in September of 2021.