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Josiah Bartlett Museum

Josiah Bartlett Museum

The Josiah Bartlett Museum is a nonprofit museum located at 270 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts. It is open several days per week in the warmer months; an admission fee is charged.

The museum occupies an 1870 schoolhouse named after Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. As of 2006 the museum's exhibits included:

  • Local history - Amesbury's former carriage industry, old maps, and mementos of local history.
  • Natural history - a substantial collection of taxidermic birds, as well as fossils, minerals and shells.
  • Native American collection - artifacts of local tribes; one of the better collections in the state.
  • Schoolroom - the original room with antique school desks, children's games, and toys, as well as the recently added "Amesbury At War" exhibit.

The schoolhouse formerly contained the Salisbury Point Railroad Society's museum, with its collection of railroad items, however it was removed in 2006.

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