Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site possesses a rich and varied collection of artifacts and archival materials. Fine arts, decorative arts, furnishings, books, textiles and clothing, toys, tools, Asian art and artifacts, and more are found in the museum collections.

Highlights from the museum collections are featured as the curator's Object of the Month and in Show and Tell videos.

The archives hold the papers and photographs of four families associated with the site - Wadsworth, Longfellow, Appleton, and Dana - as well as photographs, plans, and records relating to the management of the house as a museum since 1913. These are arranged and described in 27 collections. The museum and archival collections complement each other, giving the collections depth and exceptional research value.


Explore the Museum Collection

  • Oil painting of group of Native Americans gathered on shore of lake at sunset, canoe in distance
    Fine Art

    Paintings, drawings, and sculpture by artists including Bierstadt, Healy, Johnson, Bartolini, and Longfellow family members.

  • Silver inkwell with two purple glass chambers
    Decorative Arts & Furnishings

    The tastes of the Longfellow family ranged from Rococo Revival bookcases to Bohemian glass vases to Arts and Crafts pottery.

  • Stack of six books with leather covers and marbled edges visible
    Historic Library

    Approximately 11,000 volumes of literature, history, art, and more, owned by the Longfellow family, dating from the 15th to 20th century.

  • Samples of cotton fabric in different prints glued to paper
    Domestic Items

    Everyday items of life: dresses, waistcoats, shoes, toys and games, garden tools, and traveling trunks.

  • Light blue kimono decorated with flying bats, with dark blue at center
    Asian Art & Artifacts

    Art and artifacts collected in Japan & China.


News and Stories from the Museum Collection

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    Buddhist altar table and paintings in Longfellow House dining room.
    Furnishings and artwork in the Longfellow dining room

    NPS Photo / David Bohl

    Download a summary of the museum and archival collections (.pdf file, 107 KB).

    Last updated: January 6, 2022

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