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October 15, 2016 - January 22, 2017 | Cost: $10 | Complimentary admission for VHS members
Thomas Jefferson has been described as an "American Sphinx." As the drafter of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, he is one of the most famous Americans. Nevertheless, he is an enigmatic figure: an intensely private man who spent more that thirty years in public service; the spokesman for popular democracy who, at the same time, held hundreds of men, women, and children as his personal property; an urbane, widely-travelled, and widely-read exemplar of the Enlightenment, who appeared happiest in the meticulously-planned environment that he had created for himself in the back country. The exhibition - featuring Jefferson's manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence and more than sixty architectural drawings, broadsides, and letters - aims to pull back the veil and uncover the private Jefferson.
This exhibition is organized by the Massachusetts Historical Society.
February 24, 2017 - September 5, 2017 | Cost: $10 | Complimentary admission for VHS members
Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys from the 1950s, '60s and '70s capture the craziness, the joy, the sheer fun of being a kid. But beneath those nutty names are rich veins of nostalgia, memory and history. The stories of the kids who played with these toys, the adults who bought them, the child-rearing experts who judged them and the people who invented them, reflect the rhythms of American life. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life.
Sunday, 10–5 (Galleries & Museum Shop)
Museum and Gardens are open by appointment
Admission $6 adults (Free for members)