Fall River Historical Society, Fall River

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Founded in 1921, Fall River Historical Society (FRHS), the oldest cultural institution in Fall River, Massachusetts, is dedicated to preserving the history of Fall River and sharing it with the public. We maintain significant collections of costumes and accessories, decorative arts, furniture, ephemera, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and manuscripts. We also have distinguished maritime and Fall River textile industry collections.

The museum is housed in a French Second Empire mansion that was once a station on the Underground Railroad. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure features a magnificent period interior, while our beautiful grounds with Victorian gardens provide a memorable venue for functions such as weddings and cocktail parties and for special events. Our exhibits include the world’s largest collection of artifacts pertaining to the life and trial of Lizzie Borden, and the FRHS curators are recognized as leading Borden case authorities. Our distinctions also include The Charlton Library of Fall River History, a first-rate Museum Shop & Boutique, our annual Holiday Open House, and Easton Tea Room, a popular spot for social events and meetings.

To promote public understanding of Fall River history, we stage exhibits, host lecture series, and partner with the city and other organizations to present events for the benefit of the community. We are a leading provider of cultural and family-friendly events such as plays, concerts, and festivals.
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  • We had such a wonderful time visiting the Fall River Historical Society. The building and furnishings are all original and have been brilliantly maintained. The entire house is stunning! The tour was ...  more »
  • While in Fall River staying at the Lizzie Borden House, staff suggested a tour of the Historical Society Museum. We were reluctant but had some time on our hands before heading back to the airport. So...  more »
  • Love this place. The gift shops are unique. The book choices shed light into Fall Rivers vast history. Most of all the perspective of Lizzie Borden could be very different based on their collected items and research. Beautiful house and grounds. Knowledgeable staff. The history is wonderful!
  • Outstanding historical facility, locale, professionals! Fascinating to visit, I spent 2 days simply engrossed in the architecture and furnishings of the era. The Lizzie Borden collection surpasses any other, I was transfixed. Remarkable! Michael Martins--, the curator, has a knowledge-base that is unsurpassed. I was honored to listen this him. Truly.

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