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Heritage Museum & Gardens
67 Grove Street • 508-888-3300 • heritagemuseumsandgardens.org
Located in historic Sandwich, Massachusetts on 100 acres of gardens, trails, and natural
areas, Heritage Museums & Gardens offers exhibition buildings featuring collections of
American art, artifacts, and automobiles, annual special exhibits, outdoor sculpture, and
family-friendly activities and events.
2021 Exhibit Highllights
Heritage Museums & Gardens opens its season with the extended special exhibit, Let’s
Play! New England Toy Stories (April 24 - October 17). What do Monopoly, Erector Sets,
and corn husk dolls have in common? They were all produced here in New England. This
exhibit shares the fascinating—and sometimes surprising—stories about the people who
created these games and toys, and is a playroom, time capsule, and a history lesson all in one!
Car enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibit From Carriage to Classic: How Automobiles
Transformed America (April 24 – October 17), where we present the origin story of the
American automobile through cars from Heritage’s permanent collection. On display for
2021 are twenty-six automobiles – including the recently acquired 1965 Ford Country
Squire station wagon. This exhibit answers questions such as, “What were early automobiles
like? How did the car emerge as a transformative cultural force of the twentieth century?
Why did gasoline become the fuel of choice? What ever happened to steam engines? How
did the car change the daily lives of ordinary families?” Come along for a ride from the late
1800s to the early 1960s and watch the car evolve from a horseless carriage to a streamlined
symbol of freedom and independence.!