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Wenham, Massachusetts: Model Trains of Winter

Unlike most local museums, this one has a surplus of sometimes-elaborate model railroads, built by local men during long New England winters.

Wenham Museum

132 Main St., Wenham, MA
From Route 128, take Route 1A north eight miles. The museum is on the right.
Tu-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $10.
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Model Trains at Wenham Museum

Grandpa spent fifty years building his train diorama; too bad he can't take it with him. What will we do with it? Give it to the local historical museum. Everyone found out, and as granddads and uncles passed on, their descendants did the same. They multiplied like rabbits, and now the Wenham Historical Museum has rooms full of impressive amateur working model train dioramas. Most of the other boring stuff in the museum has disappeared. In addition, adjacent to the museum is a first-period home linked to the Salem Witch Trials.

[Bill La Civita, 06/15/2023]

The most elaborate of its tiny railroads -- a good indoor hobby for long Massachusetts winters -- were built by Peter Arnott between 1960 and 1990. They recreate New England scenes from the early to mid-20th century.

Nearby Offbeat Places

General Patton Park WWII TankGeneral Patton Park WWII Tank, Hamilton, MA - 1 mi.
Salem Witch MuseumSalem Witch Museum, Salem, MA - 6 mi.
World of Witches MuseumWorld of Witches Museum, Salem, MA - 6 mi.
In the region:
Two Cow Heads, Whitman, MA - 38 mi.

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