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 received a warm welcome at The Fall River Historical Society and were treated to a fascinating tour of a beautifully ornate house the architectural details of which were incredible. We had the... 
    We received a warm welcome at The Fall River Historical Society and were treated to a fascinating tour of a beautifully ornate house the architectural details of which were incredible. We had the...  more »
  • We visited at 10am on Dec 20th. The tour guide was extremely friendly, kind and really knows her history. I have read a lot of books about Lizzie Borden but This know it all learned a few new... 
    We visited at 10am on Dec 20th. The tour guide was extremely friendly, kind and really knows her history. I have read a lot of books about Lizzie Borden but This know it all learned a few new...  more »
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  • Toured Fall River Historical Society today, and had the best tour guide. Such a knowledgeable, nice gentleman. Wish I got his name. In addition to all the cool history, he also told us about how they used to go all out for Christmas with the decorating. They haven't been able to since covid, but sounds like they will, hopefully next year, since they got a grant to fix the ventilation on the second floor. He's convinced me that I need to check that out!
  • Great tour of a beautiful house with lots of history shared. Tour reasonably priced. Largest collection of Lizzie memorabilia. Unfortunately they don’t allow pictures. Gift shop is well stocked with cool stuff.

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