National Heritage Museum changes hours

Jason Crotty

The National Heritage Museum will close on Mondays, except for select Monday holidays, beginning June 1, and the museum will close a half hour earlier from Tuesday to Saturday beginning immediately.

Richard Travis, the museum’s director pro tem, said Tuesday the move was made because of declining revenues and attendance.

“The economic conditions aren’t what they used to be, and that affects our budgets and our attendance,” he said. “Our attendance is down. It’s unfortunate … but there’s not enough we can do about it.”

Beginning in June, the museum will be closed on all Mondays except for Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day; while Tuesday to Saturday hours will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The museum, located at 33 Marrett Road at the corner of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue, remains one of the few major institutions in the country that offers free admission and parking to all. Its current schedule of exhibitions and public programs highlighting American history and popular culture will continue. 

Travis said the shortened hours are not meant to save money but will be done because of minimal attendance during those times.

The museum is supported by the Scottish Rite Freemasons in the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the United States.

For more information, contact the museum at 781-861-6559.

Jason Crotty can be reached at jcrotty@cnc.com