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Welcome to Manchester-by-the-Sea!


In the heart of it all is the town Common, with the beautiful 1809 meeting house and the historic Seaside One firehouse (1832 hand-tub and 1900 steamer). Nearby stands the 1823 Abigail Hooper Trask house, home to our History Center and formerly the residence of the only unmarried woman in Massachusetts to build her own business and her own house.

Come to Manchester (on the commuter rail line!) for its vistas of harbor and sea and its many parks, beaches, shops, and restaurants, and enjoy some time-traveling at the Museum, housed in the Abigail Hooper Trask House (1823), downtown at 10 Union Street, a landmark of feminist history.


We are located in the heart of Manchester-by-the-Sea at 

10 Union Street

Park on-street or in the parking lot behind the 1809 Meeting House,

OR come by train—Commuter Rail on the Boston-Rockport line (Manchester depot 2.5 blocks from museum).


Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 - 3

Sundays 1 - 4

Books and ornaments for sale,

group rates and event rentals of premises


Archives accessible by appointment,


Entrance from courtyard, right side of building

Closed most holidays.

Please call 978-526-7230

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