New England museums you likely haven’t heard of — and might want to

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Conn.
Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum in Cheshire, Conn.

American Precision Museum

Windsor, Vt.

Established 1966: “Preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives.”

Open Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31

196 Main St., 802-674-5781

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum

Cheshire, Conn.


Established 1997: “One of the most complete expressions of an American childhood through the ages. The Museum houses the personal collection of Gloria and Herbert Barker, an assembling of almost 80,000 items that took over forty years to create.”

1188 Highland Ave., 203-272-2357

Edward Gorey House

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Yarmouth Port

Established 2002: “Celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey . . . American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer.”

Open April-December

8 Strawberry Lane, 508-362-3909

Herreshoff Marine Museum/America’s Cup
Hall of Fame

Bristol, R.I.

Established 1971: “Dedicated to the education and inspiration of the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.”

1 Burnside St., 401-253-5000

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum


Hamden, Conn.

Established 2012: “Contains the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art by noted contemporary Irish and Irish American artists as well as a number of period paintings by some of Ireland’s most important 19th-century artists.”

3011 Whitney Ave., 203-582-6500

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum


Established 2009: “We tell some important regional stories about clean water, health, people, brilliant engineers, and magnificent architecture. Our stories tell how Boston grew to be the city it is today.”

2450 Beacon St., 617-277-0065

Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum



Established 1968: “The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners.”

158 Polpis Road, 508-228-2505

National Black Doll Museum of History
& Culture


Established 2012: “The history of black dolls is about more than just objects of play. Black dolls have played a critical role in building a diverse American society and rich African American culture.”

288 N. Main St., 774-284-4729,

New Hampshire Telephone Museum

Warner, N.H.

Established 2005: “Seeks to inspire curiosity by engaging a broad public audience in exhibitions and programs based on its remarkable and expanding collection. The Museum preserves the past and tells the stories of the telecommunications industry.”

1 Depot St., 603-456-2234

Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation


Established 2012: “Tells the rich story of Mass General through interactive media displays, artifacts and photographs.”

2 North Grove St., 617-724-8009

Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum

Rangeley, Maine

Established 2010: “Dedicated to preserving and sharing the intriguing artifacts and stories of the Rangeley Region. It is devoted to all those who have contributed so much to the region’s traditions, values.”

8 Rumford Road, 207-864-3091

Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History


Established 1963: “Stamps are miniature documents of human history. They are the means by which a country gives sensible expression to its hopes and needs; its beliefs and ideals.”

241 Wellesley St., 781-768-8367 ​​

Umbrella Cover Museum

Peaks Island, Maine

Established 1996: “Dedicated to the appreciation of the mundane in everyday life. It is about finding wonder and beauty in the simplest of things, and about knowing that there is always a story behind the cover.”

Open summers only

62-B Island Ave., 207-939-0301

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

Stowe, Vt.

Established 2002: “Divided into seven areas: ski equipment, ski clothing, mechanical equipment, Vermont Ski Area/Ski Vermont items, 10th Mountain Division, fine art, and related Library and Archival materials.”

1 South Main St., 802-253-9911,

Vintage Hi-Fi Museum

West Hartford, Conn.

Established 2014: “High fidelity music, vinyl records, and analog audio systems with components ‘Made in the USA,’ from the very beginning to the Golden Age of vacuum tube audio (1950s to 1960s) and finally solid state transistor designs (1970s).”

485 New Park Ave.,