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Jackson Homestead and Museum

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Address: 527 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458
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+1 617-796-1450

The JACKSON HOMESTEAD AND MUSEUM is a regional center for exploration of...

The JACKSON HOMESTEAD AND MUSEUM is a regional center for exploration of the Underground Railroad and one of the first sites recognized by the National Park Service's Underground Network to Freedom. Home of Newton's historical society and archives, the museum presents permanent and changing exhibits about the abolition movement, and a broad variety of historical topics. Built in 1809, the Homestead was the home of the Jackson family.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 am to 5 pm. Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Adults: $6.00, Children/Seniors/Newton residents: $5.00

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It is a small museum but definitely stay for the Underground Railroad talk.

Upstairs are period clothes for kids to try on. My daughters liked that part a lot. My daughters were old enough to have learned about the Underground RR in school. Obviously... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 September 2015
Judith M
Newton, Massachusetts
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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Lovely house museum...interesting displays about local history. Not furnished with original items, but rather samples of the period. Displays change regularly

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Our troop of 4th graders visited this museum. They learned a lot about The Jackson Family. They have a lot of questions so the 1 hour visit was truly not enough. There are different types of tour that you can choose from and all of them seems to be a lot of fun.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is a wonderful attempt to preserve a part of Newton's history. While it shows a linkage to the Underground Railway during the anti-slavery movement, it fails to connect that the money and ships for the slave trade came from well-healed Boston Bahmin families who made their immense fortunes peddling flesh. These same families made incredible investments first bringing and... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

Upstairs are period clothes for kids to try on. My daughters liked that part a lot. My daughters were old enough to have learned about the Underground RR in school. Obviously really young children would not benefit from the lecture or the rest of the museum.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

An 1800s house is packed with exhibits and information on the Underground Railroad and stories of Newton's past. There are also a bunch of things to do with kids. The museum is also the place to go to research your Newton home with the help of an amazing staff.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

This museum is dedicated to local history, and it that regard it has an impressive collection. That said, the collection is unlikely to be a great interest to people without a previous connection to the city of Newton. But they do a good job in rotating the exhibits.

Thank steventobolsky
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015 via mobile

It was a small place with little to see and rude staff. The home has a great historic background but the background can be read in a book and the best views are from the street. There were many kids exhibits and could be fun for school trips. Artifacts on how the family lived were not present. Small museum. My... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2014

Fascinating exhibit on first woman architect and images of houses she built in Newton Highlands. But the exhibit on Newton slavery is really informative, well done and chilling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2014

Long ago, as a young Girl Scout, we were invited to serve apple cider to guests visiting the house. We learned about the house and some of its history to be able to answer questions. This was one of my first and lasting history lessons. I was in love with the symmetry of the house, the wonderful fireplaces, and the... More 

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a lovely little history museum on Washington Street in West Newton, MA. You can find out all about the history of Newton from its beginnings in the 1600s through the 20th century. Of particular interest is the amusement park that used to be located where the Marriott Hotel now stands on the Charles River in Newton.

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