Curator, David Fairbanks Ford, operating our newly acquired and completely restored mechanical marvel, a 1930 Æolian Stroud player piano. The Museum also has 550+ rolls of music in its collection.
The Main Street Museum is
where the clear cool light of morning pours down from the hills onto the
confluence of rivers, towns and villages, a tiny Museum upholds its role as a civic institution in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River.
Where the amber light of display cases
is absorbed into the labels and artifacts of history's leavings and today's music and art.
Where the fusion of primary colors
becomes a broad spectrum of
expression. Where the summer brings the warm glow of the bonfire from the moonlit riverside and conversation rings out over a valley of beauty and cheer...
Timothy J. Duggan Jr.
"[The Main Street Museum] forces one to contemplate the nature of museums and curating. Why do we save what we save? How do we decide what to discard. what to display, what to hide away and what to destroy."
Joe Citro, World Famous Autor
"Attention, Metropolitan Museum of Art is doing it wrong."
"I think [The Main Street MUSEUM] plays a really important role in our cultural ecosystem...”
Margaret Lawrence, director at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, 2013
“White River Junction—a beauty spot in the midst of a valley of beauty and cheer.”
Gateway to Vermont, 1903
“It is only due to organizations such as yours that the important works of our Country are brought to the attention of the public.”
Marie Reilly, Museum of Bad Art, Dedham, 1998
“The Main Street Museum—White River Junction’s answer to the Library of Congress.”
Peter Welch, U. S. House of Representatives, 2005