Needham History Center & Museum

Needham History Center

Prima Las Vegas!

A tribute to the Headliners of Vegas. With Big Smile Entertainment. Enjoy the live music, sing along, or dance in the aisles! Entertainment that leaves you with a big smile! At the Center at the Heights; refreshments will be served. Free and open to all.

Needham2Arlington Community Walk

Follow in the footsteps of the Needham militia, retracing the route that they took on their way to Lexington on April 19, 1775.  Arriving late in the day, they were diverted to Arlington, where they met the retreating British forces for the bloodiest battle of that historic day.  The Walk includes lunch, and a tour of the historic Jason Russell House, where the battle took place. 

Pansy Day!

For forty years (and counting!), join us to celebrate Spring, Needham History, and Needham’s Official Flower – the Pansy! 

Pirates, from NC Wyeth's illustrations of Treasure Island.

Patriots & Pirates: NC Wyeth in Needham

NC Wyeth left Needham as a young man, but despite this long absence, he maintained a nostalgic longing for Needham and his family. This nostalgia was an inseparable part of his art – a source of inspiration and identity. Needham images, especially his houses and his family, would be recurring themes in his work.

A postcard view of the Totem Pole Ballroom at Norumbega Park, Newton, circa 1930.

“Return to Norumbega”

A film by Joseph Hunter. Did you ever go dancing at the Totem Pole Ballroom?Join us for a screening of Return to Norumbega, a nostalgic and affectionate look at Newton’s Norumbega Park in its heyday.