Wright Museum of World War II History

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2012 will mark the 15th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Wright Museum for School Groups Trips Grades 3 – 12 

Make the Past Come Alive for Your Students!

Thank you from the Tuftonboro Central School children sent to the Wright Museum

The Wright Museum is the region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages interested in the Second World War. The museum shares its rich collection of artifacts through dozens of exhibits that illustrate the American WWII experience.

A visit to the Wright Museum is an ideal introduction to or culmination of your WWII instructional unit. Call the Wright Museum today at 603/569-1212 to learn more and schedule your class visit today! You may also e-mail us atdonna.hamill@wrightmuseum.org for more information.

The Wright Museum Experience

Educational Programs at the Wright Museum

“Check out the tank!”, “Incredible experience,” and “You help keep the past alive” are just a few of the quotes heard from the thousands of students, grades 3 through 12, who have toured the museum over the past 16 years .

Tours begin with a brief orientation lecture and video to introduce or reinforce the broader historical context of the museum’s exhibits.

During the course of their tour, visitors of all ages come away with a fuller understanding of the values, sacrifices and spirit of cooperation that contributed to the Allied victory.

Volunteers, many of whom served during the war or who can recall their Home Front experiences, assist with tours. Grade-appropriate materials are given to instructors with pre-tour and post-tour study suggestions.

For more information about how you can integrate a museum visit into your U.S. History/WWII unit, please call 603/569-1212.

Preparation Materials

Teachers may download materials for use prior to and during their students’ visit to help provide an appropriate level of focus. Materials are grade-level appropriate for upper elementary, middle, and high school students.

Grades 4-6

Grades 7-9

Grades 10-12

Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

 Traveling Trunk

This resource contains WWII artifacts (some real, some reproductions) with related worksheets, audio-visual tools, and other educational activities designed to meet New Hampshire Curriculum Framework and Lesson Plans.

Travelling History Trunk

Activities include figuring ration plans, learning about what was produced in New Hampshire for the war effort, Civil Defense, War Bonds, and creating a Victory Garden. The trunk is available to schools and can be used in the classroom for up to two weeks.

Both the Stories in the Classroom and the Traveling Trunk are free and are a part of the Wright’s effort to bring the museum to students in the Granite State and beyond.

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Admisson and Location Hours

Hours of Operation

May 1 – October 31st

Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, Noon-4pm.

Tuesday evenings in July and August, we are open from 6 to 8pm for our Summer Lecture Series.


November through January

Closed to Public but will be open on Veteran’s Day and is host to the Wolfeboro Festival of Trees.


February, March & April

Sundays beginning in February 2013 for the Cabin Fever Lecture Series. Doors open at 1:30 PM, Lectures begin at 2:00 PM

Open by prior arrangement for school visits and group tours Monday – Saturday.

Please call 603/569-1212 to arrange a date and time.

Admission Fees

Wright Museum Members Free
Adults $8.00
Veterans and Seniors (55 and over) $6.00
Children (5-17) $4.00
Children (4 and under) Free
School Groups of 15 or more people $3.00 per person, with up to 4 chaperones free.
School Groups under 15 people Regular admission rates apply
Tour Groups of 15 or more people $5.00 per person, with up to 1 guide/1 driver free
There is a 10% AAA discount available on normal admission fees.
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