The Heritage Collection (April 15-October 9)
The Heritage Collection highlights art and artifacts from Heritage’s collection of 12,000+ items. Beautiful paintings, rare objects, and the famed military miniatures offer examples of American ingenuity and excellence.
J.K. Lilly, III founded Heritage Museums & Gardens in honor of his father, J.K. Lilly, Jr., who spent a lifetime amassing great collections of rare books, coins and stamps, as well as American firearms and military miniatures. A private man, his father built a museum behind his home and shared his collections with few others.
Unlike his father, when establishing Heritage Museums & Gardens, J.K. Lilly, III hoped that his museum would provide a range of educational and enjoyable experiences for many visitors “beyond Sandwich and beyond Cape Cod.” In order to augment the collection he acquired from his father’s estate, Lilly collected thousands of items in a short amount of time. This allowed him to present a broad overview of his ideas about the “excellence and ingenuity of American craftsmen.”
The Heritage Collection presents Heritage’s permanent collection in four themes that permeate American history – sense of place, home, work and conflict of ideas. Each object seen here, pivotal or humble, tells a story about our history, about ourselves, and like all good history, about our future. Exhibit highlights include: beautiful paintings, rare objects, carved birds by A. Elmer Crowell, and the famed military miniatures offer examples of American ingenuity and excellence.
1908 Charles Looff Carousel
The carousel is one of the most popular attractions at Heritage Museums & Gardens. Made by Charles Looff in 1908, the antique hand-carved carousel has been thrilling riders for a hundred years. Enjoy unlimited rides with admission. Read the Full History of our carousel and its maker Charles Looff