What to do in Methuen, Massachusetts

Things You Can Do in Methuen

It’s always nice to check out the smaller communities located near large metropolitan areas. That’s why the next time you visit Boston, you should make the 30-minute drive north to see what life is like on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.

Methuen Memorial Music Hall
When visitors enter the Methuen Memorial Music Hall for the first time, it is common to hear the word “wow” escape their lips. This impressive facility was built in 1909 with the sole purpose of housing a large German pipe organ that had been initially manufactured for a hall in Boston. While the building certainly looks like a church, its original design was intended only as home to the organ.

The ownership of the organ and the hall has passed through many hands, but currently, both the hall and the organ serve as one of the top attractions in Methuen. Check out the hall’s concert schedule online. The venue can also be rented out for private events.

Methuen Museum of History
Although this museum first opened its doors in 2017, the history of Methuen is long in North American standards. The museum is housed in the historic Tenney Gate House and celebrates the contributions of three of Methuen’s founding fathers.

This tiny museum is definitely in its building phase. The website says that the summer hours consist of a two-hour span on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If those hours don’t work for your schedule, you can also email the volunteers to ask them to open the facility by appointment.

Addison Gallery of American Art
Although technically located in Andover, the Addison Gallery of American Art is worth a visit for any art lover. The Gallery is part of the Phillips Academy, an elite boarding prep school founded in 1778.

The neo-classically designed gallery includes works by American artists Winslow Homer, John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, James McNeill Whistler, Frederic Remington, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Frank Stella, and Andrew Wyeth. The gallery is free to visit, but it is closed on Mondays, holidays, and throughout the month of August.

Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology
Also located at the prestigious Phillips Academy, the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1901 as a place to keep Peabody’s collection of artifacts that he gathered in his course of study of Native American populations. The collection includes over 38,000 objects.

The institute today is described as a “teaching museum” to be utilized by the students of Phillips Academy and its visitors.

Cochran Wildlife Sanctuary
Besides housing an art museum and an archaeological institute, the Phillips Academy is also the home of the Cochran Wildlife Sanctuary. This spot is considered one you should visit while traveling to nearby Metheun. The sanctuary covers 65 acres of rolling woodlands and ponds. Trails criss-cross through the area. Consider walking the trails in warmer months and cross-country skiing along the trails during the snowy times of the year.

Consider stopping at one of these lesser-known attractions on your next visit to Boston.

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