Take a Sentimental Journey...in a WW2 Era Museum

Monday, June 30, 2008
If you ever find yourself vacationing on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and you're looking for something different to do, you may want to check out the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, NH. It may just about be the only musuem in New England that focuses on what life was like on the American homefront during WWII. The museum houses dozens of military vehicles, and a "Time Tunnel" takes visitors through a year-by-year pop culture account of 1939 to 1945 with a look at everything from Life Magazine covers to everyday household items. Women's roles on both the homefront and in uniform are also explored.

There are also several exhibits that recreate scenes from the 1940s including the inside of a typical American family's kitchen, a soda shop, and a dentist's office. Their choice of using mannequins to illustrate each scene is a little creepy, though. The lady in the kitchen appears to be attempting to cut her bacon and eggs with an imaginary knife. Hmmm...do you think the dentist's office is for the mannequins who overindulge on sweet stuff in the soda shop? I think a better option would be to have a real, working soda counter with a jukebox at the end of the tour for museum visitors to get a taste - literally - of what it was like to visit one.

Nonetheless, it looks like a really cool musuem and I'm looking forward to checking it out hopefully this summer. You can look more about the musuem including hours and special events at the Wright Museum web site.


  1. oh I love places like that! Here we have an old fashioned Kauri Museum completely with a mockup of a house first built and owned by the settlers from 200 years ago.

  2. Thanks for the tip, this sounds like a great road trip!

    50s Pam

  3. wow, what an amazing meseum. There is indeed something creepy about it, but that adds to the history of it, that it represents an age gone by. A similar set up is in the Imperial War Meseum in London, worth as well a visit!


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