Historic New England Collections and Conservation Center, Haverhill, MA
Thursday 8:30 am to 1 pm $105
Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation, and shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, exhibitions, museum properties, and archives that document more than 400 years of life in New England. The tour at the collections facility consists of small group rotations among three areas after a welcome and introduction from the curators. There is a bed turning of collections quilts, a tour of the paintings, textile, and small collections storage and a tour of the conservation lab to hear conservators talk about their projects and philosophy. Consider this a chance to look into New England’s attics – one you won’t want to miss.
Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH
Thursday 8:45 am to 4:30 pm $90
This full day will start with small-group guided tours of the Strawbery Banke Curatorial Center with bed turnings, and includes a self-guided tour of the 10-acre outdoor museum’s gardens, small exhibits and many rescued and restored buildings. The curators plan on displaying period appropriate quilts in some of the historic houses. Costumed interpreters share two hundred years of living history of the “Puddle Dock” neighborhood of Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch on your own at the museum café or at one of the many restaurants located close-by in downtown Portsmouth. Just outside the Museum grounds is Prescott Park where you can stroll along the riverfront and up State Street for more galleries, historic houses and shopping.
New England Quilt Museum and Boott Cotton Mills, Lowell, MA
Friday 8:45 am to 5 pm $90
This full day tour begins at the New England Quilt Museum. Gilding the Lily: Embroidery in Quilts, Past and Present, and Favorites from the Permanent Collection are the scheduled exhibits for our visit. The group will be divided for a bed turning with Collections Manager Laura Lane and then a tour of Gilding the Lily with curator Pam Weeks. Following lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants within a 1-3 block walk of the museum, board the bus for the ride across town to the National Park at the Boot Cotton Mills. We will have a ranger-led tour of the weave room and visit the Mill Girls Museum. Whether you have visited before or not, a trip to Lowell is special.
New England Quilt Museum Lowell, MA
Monday 8:45 am to 1 pm $75
Enjoy a half-day tour at the New England Quilt Museum. Gilding the Lily: Embroidery in Quilts, Past and Present, and Favorites from the Permanent Collection are the scheduled exhibits for our visit. The group will be divided for a bed turning with Collections Manager Laura Lane and then a tour of Gilding the Lily with curator Pam Weeks.