Wistariahurst Museum

Acquiring its name from the flowering vine, Wistariahurst is an historic house museum. Wistariahurst Museum reflects the lives and tastes of both generations of the Skinner family. The museum features original leather wall coverings, columns, elaborate woodwork and an interesting tale of how two generations perceived and used the house very differently.


The museum's permanent collection includes decorative arts; paintings and prints, textiles, and a rich manuscript collection of family and local papers. The museum offers a wide variety of programs and events, including workshops, concerts, lectures, and demonstrations. The museum is also available for private rental and group tours.


Wistariahurst Museum is dedicated to preserving Holyoke's history and inspiring an appreciation of history and culture through educational programs, exhibits and special events. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Wistariahurst is the former home of William Skinner, a prominent silk manufacturer.


Please Visit their website at http://wistariahurst.org

Penni Martorell - Interim Director, Curator & City Historian



Sara English - Hospitality & Functions Coordinator



Julie Bullock - Weekend Supervisor


Siobhan McArdle - Museum Assistant



Liz Laskey - Museum Assistant



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Department Head

Penni Martorell

Interim Director, Curator & City Historian

Office Address

238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322 5660



Office Hours

Tours & Gift Shop
Sat., Sun., Mon. 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Research Archive
Mon. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Mon. - Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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