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Kid-Friendly Deerfield

Bring the whole family as you rediscover the fun and wonders of early American history through our museum houses, collections, outdoor spaces and hands-on activities.


Self-Guided Spaces

Included with paid admission.

Visit our museum houses and world-famous collections of early American crafts and decorative arts on your own, at your own pace. Your choices include:

The Flynt Center of Early New England Life has lots to see in two galleries and open-storage of our permanent collection. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask for a printed family guide.

The Sheldon House shows daily life for an average farming family from 1780 to 1810. Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask for a printed family guide.

The Stebbins House shows decorative arts that were popular when the United States was still a new country.  Open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ask for the “I Spy” game.


Outdoor Experiences

The Cooks’ Garden interprets the herbs and vegetables that would have been grown in an 18th century kitchen garden.

The Channing Blake Footpath meanders through the meadow and past a working farm. If you’re lucky you may meet some animals along the way. Ask at the Visitor Center to borrow a “Nature Pack.”


Hands-on Learning

The History Workshop provides a place where families can relax, play on their own, or have a hands-on experience guided by a museum educator. Open weekends from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 16 through June 26; open daily 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 1 through August 14,  and open again on weekends September 10 through November 20.

Spring 2017

Spring Cleaning: Scrub, Rub, Polish and Shine

April 17-21 ,22-23, 29-30; Weekends in May and June| 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

History Workshop

After a long and snowy winter the History Workshop is ready to throw open its doors and launch into a real old fashioned spring cleaning.  Roll up your sleeves and join us to learn how to wash clothes using a wooden wash board and tub, and make some soap while you scrub.  The cast iron pots and the silver need polishing and the dusty rugs need a thorough cleaning with the rug beater. Whitewash a wall, sweep the floors with a homemade broom and use a feather duster. “Spring” into spring, with a cleaning fling!

Summer 2017

Get the Buzz on Bees!

July 01, 2017 - August 13, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Daily, drop-in anytime.

Come to the History Workshop to learn the sweet story of honey bees. From pollination to producing wax and honey, bees have been important in Deerfield from colonial times right up to the present. Currently, there are many concerns about honey bees and we want to provide up-to-date information on honey bee decline and its possible causes.   Our bee related activities will be fun for everyone. Join us for wax candle making, honey tasting, creating a honey bee art project and planting pollinator friendly flower seeds.

Apprentices’ Workshop at Dwight House shows how things were made by hand long ago. Learn about woodworking, weaving cloth, and making ceramics. Open 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Guided House Tours 

Included with paid admission.

All visitors are welcome on guided house tours, available on the hour from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A guided house tour lasts approximately 35 minutes. We recommend the Wells-Thorn House and Williams House for families with children. 

Museum Gift Store & Bookshop Hours: open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

Deerfield Lunch Box: open 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for lunch, beverages and snacks. Located behind the Visitor Center at Hall Tavern.

Champney's Restaurant & Tavern at the Deerfield Inn open for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.