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About Us

The Museum

Housed in the 1823 Abigail Hooper Trask House*, the Museum invites you to experience Manchester-by-the Sea's (MBTS) fascinating past through restored period rooms, paintings and sculptures by master artists, an impressive collection of MBTS-made furniture, and an outdoor Salt Cod Fish Yard. 

This is the first house in Massachusetts to be built for a self-made, single woman. Abigail Hooper (1788-1885) was 35 years old and the town’s leading retailer when she had the house built in 1823.  In the 1830s, after marriage to a shipmaster (Captain Richard Trask), she doubled the size of the house and added a columned side porch and a handsome frontispiece (since removed). She lived here for 62 years.


We welcome you to explore the rich history and the captivating stories of Manchester-by-the-Sea's people and events.

* Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Our Mission

To celebrate and serve the community by:


  • Fostering an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life — past and present — in Manchester-by-the-Sea.


  • Collecting and preserving archival materials, art, and artifacts of significance to the Town.


  • Engaging community interest and involvement through the collections and programming.

In every aspect, the Museum aspires to the highest standards, and seeks to engage the broadest audience.


Matthew Swindell, Associate Director — ∙ 978-526-7230

Nancy Klebart, Administrative Support — ∙ 978-526-7230

Archives — ∙ 978-526-7230

General Information — ∙ 978-526-7230

Curatorial Team

Rebecca Campbell, Chair

Carol Bundy

Matt Genta

Susana Thompson

Chris Virden, Advisor

John Huss, Advisor

Matthew Swindell

Museum Officers

President: Philio Wigglesworth Cushing

Vice President: Rebecca Campbell

Co-Clerks: Susana Thompson, Mary Minott

Treasurer: Amy Snodgrass

Board of Trustees

Alison Anholt-White

Leslie Beatty

Rus Brown

Carol Bundy

Marianne Coons

Tom Durkin

Matt Genta

Constance Leahy

David Lumsden

John Round

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