Founded in 1896, the Peabody Historical Society & Museum is a center for the preservation, study and enjoyment of Peabody’s cultural heritage. The Society’s collections are of local and national significance and document over 300 years of the region’s history. The Society maintains eight historic properties, an extensive library and archives, and a large collection of china, textiles, furniture and fine and decorative arts.

The Peabody Historical Society is a private, non-profit 501c3 organization that receives no federal, state or local funding. The Society is supported by many dedicated volunteers and members, by generous contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and by the rental of the Smith Barn, located at the idyllic Felton-Smith Historic Site, adjacent to Peabody’s Brooksby Farm.

Gideon Foster House


There is no charge for tours of the Society’s properties and use of the library and archives, though donations are greatly appreciated. Lectures and performances are free for members, and a minimal fee is charged for non-members. Community events are free to the public. To schedule a tour or make an appointment outside of regular museum hours, please call 978.531.0805.

Group Visits

The Peabody Historical Society welcomes groups of all ages. Special group tours are offered to members of other historical societies, museums and community organizations, as well as to school and university students.

Please call 978.531.0805 for reservations.