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.