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 time-travel to Manchester to meet Abigail and other interesting characters from the town’s surprising past—we’re bringing history to life in the 21st century!



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

Upcoming Events

A Small Fishing Town On The Eve of Revolution

Manchester 1772! Exhibit

Come time-travel 250 years back to Manchester and its people and their work,

an authentic fish-yard for curing salt codfish, many pictures, video, and fishing gear.

10 Union Street

Open House

Friday, December 2, 4-8pm

New Residents Tour

10 Union Street

Sunday, December 4, 2pm

Christmas Party

10 Union Street

Tuesday, December 6, 5-8pm

Christmas Tea

10 Union Street

Wednesday, December 7, 1-3pm