The Franconia Heritage Museum is located in an 1878 New England Farm House with attached barn and sheds.
We have a new exhibit for 2018: A VISIT TO AN OLD-FASHIONED COUNTRY STORE. Visit our old-fashioned country store constructed by volunteers in the Jewell Friedman Exhibit Room. Imagine what it would be like to purchase all your necessities in one store! The exhibit includes pictures of past and current stores in Franconia. Many artifacts are included in the exhibit: old tools, household items, a post office case, clothing, and ledgers used by the shopkeeper. In the 1800 and early 1900s there were several stores in Franconia meeting diverse needs due to the difficulty of travel.
The Museum opened in 1998 with a collection preserved by Sarah Nelson Welch, great granddaughter of Luke Brooks, one of the first white men to observe the Old Man of the Mountains in Franconia Notch in
1805. Many other local families have contributed their artifacts to the museum, so that it reflects life in Franconia since the town's founding in 1772.
A visit to our fully furnished farmhouse is like a trip to your great grandparents home.
Old Man of the Mountains
If you are particularly interested in old tools, sports equipment and printing presses, please plan your visit for August or later as the barn and sheds will be closed for roof and inside repairs until then.
Try our scavenger hunts—one for children and one for adults. See if you can find artifacts that our ancestors would have had or used, but are mysterious to us!
We have made several changes this year, so it is worth a visit.
Self-Guided and Staff-Guided Tours
No admittance fee – Donations welcome.
The Museum is dependent on memberships, contributions and sales; it is managed maintained by volunteers.
Open from Memorial Day weekend thru Columbus Day weekend on Saturdays from 1-4pm or by appointment
From Interstate 93, take exit 38 to blinking light on Main St.(Rt 18), turn left. The Museum is about one third of a mile on the left. Look for signs.
Franconia Heritage Museum
553 Main Street, PO Box 169
Franconia, NH 03580