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Americana Collection

Americana Collection

10,000 artifacts have been classified as the Americana collection by the Museum. Between 1913 and 1986 Boston Children's Museum's Americana collecting concentrated on objects that portrayed the evolution of everyday life in America over the past three centuries. Objects in the Americana collection cover the historical period from 1750 to the present day, although the majority of artifacts in the collection are dated between 1850 and 1950.

In the 1990s, the Museum began to focus on a multicultural collecting project called New Directions in order to expand and diversify the Americana collection to reflect immigrant experiences, and add late 20th century artifacts to the collection. The artifacts added to the Americana collection represent a cross-section of American history, centered geographically around Boston during the twentieth century.

Many of the artifacts found in current Boston Children's Museum exhibits come from the Americana collection including the hair styling artifacts found in Boston Black and the toys and accessories in Arthur’s A to Z.

Browse the collection:

Sampler, 1814


Sampler, 1814



Amelia Stanwood, Gloucester, MA (age 8)

Linen, silk thread

Purchased by the Children’s Museum, 1945

2NK 1700


Ladies Footwear, ca. 1920


Ladies Footwear, ca. 1920



Benjamin F. Miner Inc., Boston

Leather, cloth, metal

4NK XX 225 (found in collections)


Stereoscope Viewer, 1903


Stereoscope Viewer, 1903



Underwood & Underwood, New York

Wood, metal

2006.X.303 (found in collections)

Electric Train Set, ca. 1925


Electric Train Set, ca. 1925



Lionel Corporation, New York


Gift of the Estate of Frank C. Doble, 1970

4NK 70-222

Swan Boat Model, c. 1877

Swan Boat Model, c. 1877



Maker unknown

Metal, wood, wicker, paint

Gift of Alice Loomer Carlton and Barbara A. Loomer, 1946

3NK 1713



Figures, 1951

Margaret Spinney

Rubber latex, wire, vintage fabric

Purchased by The Children’s Museum for the Swan Boat model, 1951

3NK 1986 a-h

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