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.

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: February 2, 2021

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