The Wallace Nutting Collection of Early American Furniture

In the early 1920s, the Harvard-educated Congregational minister-turned historian, Wallace Nutting (1861-1941), assembled a collection to serve as prototypes for his reproduction furniture business, props in his photographs, and fodder for his scholarship on American decorative arts.  Mr. Nutting’s collection boasts hundreds of objects from everyday life in seventeenth and early eighteenth century New England with a selection of material from the mid-Atlantic and Southern regions.  Nutting cherished iconic pieces such as the Governor Prenze cupboard and the Fuller cradle for their nostalgic representation of Pilgrim life in the early Colonies.  Recent additions to the museum’s collection include Nutting furniture reproductions and construction templates.

From Our Collection

Warhol, 1964 Close, 2007 Van Doren, 1997 Gursky, 2000

Upcoming Events

Aug
23
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Portraiture in the Collection
Tour: Portraiture in the Collection
Aug 23 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Portraiture in the Collection: Free with admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
7:00 pm Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage: An introverted and unsuccessful salesman is asked to finish a new modern dictionary. After humbly accepting the daunting job, he dedicates [...]
Aug
24
Sun
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:00 pm Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage: An introverted and unsuccessful salesman is asked to finish a new modern dictionary. After humbly accepting the daunting job, he dedicates [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5