History Center and Museum

Changing displays tell the story of Brattleboro’s two centuries as a regional economic and cultural center.

Downtown Brattleboro Exhibit Space

The Brattleboro Historical Society showcases its vast and varied collection of artifacts at the downtown History Center and Museum. Since its founding in 1982, BHS has worked to shelter and share locally significant facts and artifacts so present and future generations can learn from the past.

The History Center and Museum gives Brattleboro residents, businesses, and organizations the opportunity to explore their local heritage and add to the variety and vitality of downtown by collaborating on permanent and changing exhibits, public talks, workshops, and other programs.

Brattleboro-related books, postcards, posters, photos, maps, and tag sale items are available in the gift shop.

Current exhibits

Estey Organ Company – The world’s largest manufacturer of reed organs operated in Brattleboro for more than a century. See tools, photos, advertising, and play the two small organs on site.

Stephen Daye Press – One of the earliest of the regional publishers, located in Brattleboro during the 1930s to early ‘40s. Browse the collection of more than 120 books with a New England emphasis.

Brattleboro High School yearbook photos of students from the 1900s, plus school trophies and ephemera.

Plus a model of Fort Dummer, Mary Cabot scrapbook, a photo essay on Island Park, souvenir china, and more.