Buttonwoods Museum - Haverhill Visitor Center

photo of Buttonwood Museum
240 Water Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Nestled in a friendly and intimate setting overlooking the Merrimack River, the Buttonwoods Museum, home of the Haverhill Historical Society, offers a journey into Haverhill's past. Explore Native American artifacts from the lower Merrimack Valley, including stone tools, bone implements, and baskets. A large collection of shoes and shoe making tools represent Haverhill's role as a world leader in the shoe industry - Haverhill shoes were known for quality and design. Visit the Daniels Hunkins Shoe shop, the Duncan House, and the newly renovated John ward House. The Buttonwoods Museum houses 10,000 objects, from furniture, ceramics and glassware, to quilts, dolls, and toys. Learn about the rich history of Haverhill and vicinity from a wide range of exhibits that are constantly changing; you'll always find something new!


May 1 - Oct. 31: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m.

Driving Directions: 

From I-95 you can take Exit 53 for Rte. 97 West or Exit 54 for Rte. 133 West. (Exit 54 is slightly more direct/faster.) Rte. 133 hooks into Rte. 97 in downtown Georgetown. Follow Rte. 97 over the Merrimack River and into Haverhill. Rt. 97 turns left shortly after crossing the Merrimack, and then it’s a straight shot to the visitor center which will be about 1.5 miles down on the right. From I-495, take exit 51 for Rte. 125 South into Haverhill where you can hook up with Rte. 97 East to the visitor center.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Buttonwoods Museum is officially designated an Essex National Heritage Area Visitor Center. As such, in addition to giving information about the history of Haverhill and the Merrimack Valley, it also provides general information about the Essex National Heritage Area.


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