Quirky museums south of Boston

Dedham Historical Society & Museum
612 High St., Dedham, 781-326-1385,
Hours: Open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m, and even-dated Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission: $2 (free for members)
The society’s collection includes a 1685 Native American deed to Dedham, a bell made by Paul Revere in 1796, a rare example of a circa-1780 “astronomical shelf clock” by Simon Willard (one of two known to exist), and the oldest dated American-made chair.

Massachusetts Golf Museum
300 Arnold Palmer Boulevard, Norton, 774-430-9100
Hours: Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission: free

Opened in 2002, this little museum chronicles the history of golf in Massachusetts. Exhibits include trophies, interactive kiosks, video presentations, and a replica of the library used by Francis Ouimet, a Brookline native who won the US Open in 1913. (The museum was temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen Feb. 2.)


Museum of Bad Art
, 781-444-6757
Its slogan — “art too bad to be ignored” — says it all. The museum has two brick-and-mortar locations. One is in the basement of the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, where admission is free with the purchase of a movie or concert ticket. The second location is in the lobby of Brookline Access Television, on the top floor of 46 Tappan St. in Brookline, which is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. MOBA also has a temporary exhibit at the New England Wildlife Center at 500 Columbian St. in South Weymouth. That’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Saturday it closes at 9 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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The Museum of Antiquated Technology
303 High St., Hanson, 781-294-1647
Hours: Open by appointment only
Admission: free
Mark Vess has amassed an amazing collection of telegraph keys, Keystone film projectors, transistor radios, phonographs, and other outdated technology.

Middleborough Historical Museum
18 Jackson St., Middleborough, 508-947-1969

Hours: Closed for the winter; will reopen this summer
Admission: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $2 for students, free for children under 6

The museum has an extensive collection of antiques, including vintage fire apparatus, furniture, and items that once belonged to General Tom Thumb and his wife, Lavinia Warren.

Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum
301 Driftway, Scituate
Hours: Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults $4; seniors $3; under 18 free


What’s Irish moss, you ask? It’s a red algae known as chondrus crispus. Visit the museum to learn how this funny-sounding seaweed is harvested from the ocean and find out why Lucien Rousseau is known as Scituate’s last “Irish moss king.’’

Emily Sweeney

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