The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History is known for its local history research facilities, its comprehensive program of changing exhibitions, its diverse educational offerings, and it’s wide ranging collections illuminating the history of the Connecticut River Valley.

The Indian Motocycle Collection is the largest collection of Indian cycles and memorabilia in the world. The Firearms Collection includes more than 1600 firearms, with the largest collection of Smith & Wesson guns in the world. The Automobile Collection includes an 1899 Knox, a 1901 Crestmobile, a 1925 Rolls-Royce roadster, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce roadster.

Hours:Museum hours: Tuesdays - Sundays, 10 - 5 Library and Archives: Tuesday - Friday, 11-4, first Saturday of the month, 11-4
Officers and staff
Maggie Humberston, Head of Library and Archives Cliff McCarthy, Archivist Phyllis Jurkowski, Museums Assistant
Founded: 1876
History of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History: Started as the Connecticut Valley Historical Society in 1876, the collections became part of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum in 1927. In 1988 the local history and genealogy collections of the Springfield City Library were transferred to the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and merged with the CVHM collections. With the opening of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History in 2009, the collections were moved to our current location in the basement of the Wood Museum.
Collection overview: To delve into your personal history, join the researchers and family historians from throughout the United States and Canada who use the museum’s Springfield History Library and Archives. In addition to a large collection of French Canadian records, the library has indexes to the Ellis Island passenger records, the Loiselle Index, over 20,000 genealogy books, 6,000 microforms, 25,000 photos and 1.3 million archival documents, as well as diaries, deeds, account books, land transfer documents and photographs.
Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, Mass. 01103
Part of: Springfield MuseumsEmail: Springfield Museums
Phone: 413-263-6800 x230