For over a decade, community members have called for a museum that meets the needs for:

  • A unified space by, for, and about all the people of Cambridge

  • An anchor for the network of historical resources in the City

  • An easily accessible site designed to actively welcome residents and visitors in learning about our history

  • An inviting center for all people, from our children to our elders, to tell their story 

Our Story (So Far)

Our mission is to meet the City’s long-held need for an accessible, public-facing port where we can share the stories of who we were, who we are, and who we want to be.

In 2011, Cambridge City Councilor E. Denise Simmons sponsored a policy order calling for the establishment of just such a place.

As stated in that policy order: “…Communities like Somerville and Concord have had success in establishing museums promoting their history” and “…having a ‘Cambridge Historical Museum’ may go a long way toward preserving and promoting” the rich, vibrant history of Cambridge. 

While a wealth of local history has been archived by organizations across Cambridge, much of it remains hidden from public view.  It is long overdue for Cambridge to join dozens of municipalities throughout Massachusetts in having its own local history museum that makes its history accessible, relevant, and engaging.

The Cambridge Museum of History and Culture seeks to hold our history at its center, anchoring Central Square and the entire network of historical resources in the City. We aspire to be a welcoming, way-finding haven in more ways than one by connecting visitors and residents to archival spaces across Cambridge, and connecting our stories of the past to pathways of hope for the future. 

While we continue our efforts to establish a long-term site for the museum, we're also focusing on bringing individual events and exhibits to the Cambridge community.

These projects are all about connecting with local organizations to collectively interact with Cambridge history. We're rethinking what it means to help our community engage with the past, and strive to get people involved in shaping the Cambridge Museum in a "building as we climb" approach. 

Read about upcoming events, view past projects, and learn about our future plans