Thing to Do

Explore Temporary Exhibits in the Longfellow House

visitors look at artifacts in exhibit cases, including books, swords, and a hat
Visitors examine objects related to Charles Longfellow's Civil War army service.

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Temporary exhibits in a gallery inside the historic house use the rich museum collections at the site, including objects usually in storage, to explore themes related to the site's history. The temporary exhibit gallery is open on days the Longfellow House is open for tours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Longfellow Family in the Civil War

On exhibit May 27 to October 31, 2022

The Civil War deeply affected the Longfellow family. Several immediate family members joined the US Army, and the family at home in Cambridge felt the war's impact. The lasting legacy of the war and its memorialization shaped their lives for decades and inspired Henry Longfellow to write poetry in response.

The exhibit can also be explored online.

Shovel to Shelf

On exhibit July 18 to October 31, 2022

In 2003, NPS archeologists excavated in the Longfellow House front yard. In July and August 2022, NPS archeologists are excavating in other areas of the forecourt, hoping to learn more about previous structures, garden or path features, and to reveal more about the past. This small exhibit features objects found during the earlier project preserved in the museum collection.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Check in at the visitor center entrance for admission to the exhibit gallery.
The gallery is open for visitation during the site's operating hours, May to October.
On open days, the gallery is open for visitation from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Accessibility Information
The gallery space is accessible via a wheelchair lift from the visitor center.

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Last updated: July 21, 2022