The Museum

The Lyme History Museum, operated by the Lyme Historians, Inc.  is located in the Churchill-Melvin House at 15 Main Street across from the Lyme Common and between the Lyme Country Store and the cemetery.  See map below

Museum EntranceEntrance Location:
East side of the Churchill-Melvin House

Hours: Wednesdays (Oct-November, March – May) 10 am to 1 pm, Wednesdays (Jun-Sep) 4 pm to 6 pm, and Saturdays (year-round) 10 am to 1 pm.   We are open Saturdays only from 10 am to 1pm in January and February.  We can always open other times by appointment.  If you have a question or need information please email or call us.

Email:        Phone: 603-795-2508

The Itinerant Museum – A Short History of Our Museum

All ready to exhibit and nowhere to go.  For years, the Historians have curated a remarkable (and still expanding) “movable feast” of Lyme-abilia.  Before they secured a home on the first floor of the Lyme Center Academy building in 2002, the collection shuffled all over town. Now we have our own building in the Churchill-Melvin House on Main Street across from the Lyme Common with five exhibit rooms including our lovely new entrance.  The Historians have worked hard to create a beautiful museum space that allows us to stage themed exhibits, often including objects lent by members for our new home!  How wonderful to have such generous friends who want to share their Lyme artifacts with all us.


Spotlight on the Collection

December exhibits:

Stop in for a cup of tea and enjoy our vintage holiday decor.   Have fun trying out the early 20th c. Kitchen Gadgets and guess what they’re for.  Kids with adults are welcome to try them, too.  See the collections of some Lymies before they’re put away to make room for new exhibits in the winter.

Kitchen Gadgets

Kitchen Gadgetsd ModelBefore the Cuisinart, discover the invention s designed to ease the work of food preparation . Hands-on exhibit—turn the cranks to help you figure out each item ‘s use! Unknown gadget



Lyme Collects

Bill Murphy ‘s campaign buttons (over 100 of them) campaign buttons 2and postcards from around the world;  Charles Balch’s stamp collection; Stamps 2 Priscilla Power ‘s English China tea cups; Adair’s rug beaters; Laurie Wadsworth’s antique cookie cutterswips


Churchill-Melvin Parlor

Our new home is named for two early families of the house, Judge David Churchill and George Melvin.  Both men owned the Lyme Country Store at different times, making their home very convenient to their business.  The newly refurbished parlorparlor now displays examples of period furniture along with a few of the 1850 technologies.

Estey Organ

Found in the parlor is the Estey Organ which was played in the Lyme home of Clyde Grant and has recently been beautifully restored!




Mayo Collection

– excerpted from issues of The Lyme Historian, Adair Mulligan, editor

We are now displaying an extensive collection of native American artifacts that originated in Lyme.  Bartlett Mayo, who owned land near Post Pond and the gathering place known as Ordanakis, discovered points, pestles, scrapers, and other tools while working his land.

Mayo left his fascinating collection of 139 artifacts to Dartmouth College, which conveyed them to the Montshire Museum of Science.  The Montshire has generously agreed to convey them permanently to the Lyme Historians for display and curation.

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