Attend an Event or Program

How to Attend

Most programs are free and open to the public. In some instances we ask participants to register for programs in order to assist our planning. Please see the information below for the type of event or program you wish to attend.

Exhibitions

The exhibition galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. No registration is required.

Building Tours

Join us for a tour of the Society's public rooms. Led by an MHS staff member or docent, the tour touches on the history and collections of the MHS and lasts approximately 90 minutes. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation is required for individuals or small groups. For tour dates please visit the events calendar.

Lectures

Most lectures are free and open to the public. We ask that you register so we can anticipate attendance. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Brown-bag Lunchtime Programs

These are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

MHS Fellow/Member and Special Events

MHS Fellow and Member events and special events require preregistration. Some special events, such as Cocktails with Clio, carry a registration fee. For more information please visit the events calendar.

Seminars

All are welcome to attend these sessions at no charge. To assist us in our planning, an RSVP is required. E-mail seminars@masshist.org or phone 617-646-0568 to RSVP.

Visit our Seminars page for details on subscribing.

Conferences

Our conferences require advance registration. Please consult the Conferences page for more information.

Upcoming Events

MHS Tour

The History and Collections of the MHS

20Jan 10:00AM 2018

The History and Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society Tour is a 90-minute docent-led walk through our public rooms. The tour is free, open to the public, ...

History of Women and Gender Seminar

The "Woman Inventor" as a Political Tool of Female Suffragists: Patents, Invention, and Civil Rights ...

23Jan 5:30PM 2018
Location: Massachusetts Historical Society

After the Patent Act of 1790, patents played an important social and political role in the formation of American nationhood and citizenship. Part of a larger book ...

Conversation

Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize Award & Reception

25Jan 6:00PM 2018
There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30.

Please join us for a special evening in which Tamara Plakins Thornton will receive the 2017 Gomes Prize for Nathaniel Bowditch and the Power of Numbers: How a 19th ...

From our Blog

No Mere 'Adventurer': P. T. Barnum, Iranistan, and the Swedish ...

March 7 1882 Sir, I send Cards as you  request. I am too full of elephants to command much sentiment. All my thoughts & cares at present are locked up in two trunks - one of ...

This Week @ MHS

First things first in this weekly round-up: The Society is CLOSED on Monday, 15 January, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, 16 January. Now that we have ...

Read more from our blog

Have you seen?