Street Address
77 Center Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 1212
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
phone: 603-569-1212
fax: 603-569-6326
e-mail: info@wrightmuseum.org
web: www.wrightmuseum.org
Hours
May 1 – October 31st
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday12 PM - 4 PM
Tuesday evenings from June 11, 2013 through August 13, 2013 we are open from 6 to 8pm for our Summer Lecture Series.
November through April
Open by prior arrangement for school visits and group tours. Please call (603) 569-1212 to arrange a date and time.
Closed to Public but will be open on Veteran's Day and is host to the Wolfeboro Festival of Trees in December.
Admissions
Special rates for Schools and groups of 15 or more.
Adults: $10
Seniors (over 60): $8
Military (with ID): $8
Members: free
Children (5-17): $6
Children under 42: Free
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Donna Hamill, Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator

Description

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor's Center, and the museum's military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum's military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank - the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

A Time Tunnel links the Home Front gallery to the military exhibits. Visitors walk through the years 1939-1945 with special displays of artifacts highlighting each of the seven years. Returning and first time visitors give this section of the museum high marks for the quality of the exhibits and its innovative approach in historical interpretation.

Mission

The Wright Museum's mission is to preserve and share the stories of America's Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War's significant and lasting impact on American life.

History

Museum founder David Wright was the son of a WWI veteran who himself served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Since he was too young to serve in WWII, his recollections of the event were of his home front experiences growing up near Worcester, Mass. Wright was an avid collector of WWII vintage vehicles, which he collected and restored over many years. He continued until he had over 50 vehicles, all totally restored and fully operational. By 1983 the E. Stanley Wright Museum Foundation, Inc. was established in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Originally, the Museum was essentially a mobile exhibition, which Wright made available to communities around the Northeast for parades and military functions at venues such as the Roosevelt Museum and West Point. In 1992 David Wright purchased an 8-acre parcel adjacent to Wolfeboro's Smith River, the former site of the Diamond National sawmill. On July 16, 1994 the doors opened to the museum's first visitors

Since then, nearly 200,000 people have visited the Wright Museum. Some visit out of curiosity after having seen the M3A1 Stuart tank protruding from the building's facade. What they find inside conjures memories for visitors of a certain age. For families visiting the Wright Museum, its exhibits often spur conversations across the generations, allowing parents, grandparents, and children to contemplate the achievements of the Greatest Generation.

Educational Programs

Educators

The Wright Museum is the region's leading resource for educators and learners of all ages interested in the Second World War. The museum shares its rich collection of artifacts through dozens of exhibits that illustrate the American WWII experience. A visit to the Wright Museum is an ideal introduction to or culmination of your WWII instructional unit. Call the Wright Museum today at 603/569-1212 to learn more and schedule your class visit today!

Teachers may download materials for use prior to and during their students' visit to help provide an appropriate level of focus. Materials are grade-level appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

    Governance

    The Wright Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational institution supported by public donations. To learn more about how you can support the museum's educational mission, please consider becoming a Wright Museum member today.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: Yes

    ADA

    The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses. If you have any questions, we recommend that you contact us at 603/569-1212.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms

    Services

    A Gathering Place for Veterans and Their Families

    The Wright Museum is a frequent stop for veterans of all wars visiting New Hampshire from all parts of the country. For the families of those who served in WWII, a museum visit is particularly special. Adults visiting with their parents often note to our volunteers that the museum's exhibitions bring back a flood of memories - many of which they may never have previously shared

    Group Tours