The Revere Society for Cultural and Historical Preservation « Back to view all departments

The Revere Society for Cultural and Historical Preservation Museum stands on the corner of Beach and Pleasant Streets. It is a short walk from Revere’s City Hall, as well as from the old Rumney Marsh Burial Ground. The museum is an imposing building, made all the more noticeable by its faded pink exterior. Inside, the museum houses a collection of artifacts from a Revere that no longer exists. Present-day residents of the North Shore may be unaware that Revere once boasted a roller coaster and an airport. They may not know about the Battle of Chelsea Creek, or that the strange building on the Parkway is what remains of Slade’s Mill. The various collections of the RSCHP Museum are invaluable resources for history buffs, those who feel nostalgia for a bygone era, and people of all ages who are eager to learn about the history of their community.

First-time visitors to the museum will be pleasantly surprised by the breadth of our collections. The first floor houses the School Room, which showcases the history of Revere’s public schools, high school athletics, and the Immaculate Conception school. Across the hall is a room that focuses on local government, and also features a collection of materials from the Revere Department of Weights and Measures. Visitors will also find the museum’s gift shop on the first floor, as well as a meeting / conference space, which contains a small collection from the Revere Woman’s Club.

The second floor features the Armed Services Room, with exhibits and artifacts that reach all the way back to Revere’s Civil War veterans. Revere’s Police and Fire Departments are also honored in this room. The remaining rooms on the second floor focus on the history of Revere Beach, which was, of course, America’s first public beach. These collections include items from the days when Revere Beach was a New England entertainment mecca, including an original carousel horse and “Revere Beach: The Playground of New England,” an almost 12 foot long model of the old amusement park.

Revere’s early history awaits on the third floor. The “Early Revere / Famous Revere” room goes all the way back to the pre-colonial era with a collection of Native American artifacts. There is a display dedicated to The Battle of Chelsea Creek, the first American offensive of the Revolutionary War. There are also some weird moments from Revere’s history featured in this room, such as the local legend of a horseman ghost protecting pirate gold. Across the hall we find a room dedicated to the early houses of Revere, featuring a large map of the layout of the town when it was still called Rumney Marsh. This room also features several artifacts made from the wood of these houses, such as gavels, and a very interesting item connected to George Washington. Another collection on this floor gives visitors an idea of what a room in one of those houses may have looked like, including furniture and personal items from some of Revere’s old families.

The third floor still has much more to offer. The “Industry Room” focuses on Slade’s Mill, as well as other companies such as Suffolk Farms and Arctic Beverages. This room also features a display for author Horatio Alger. The Transportation Room informs visitors about the history of the Revere Airport and the old railroad. Religious artifacts from Revere’s churches and synagogues, including a collection box from 1724, round out the collection on the third floor.

In March of 2019, the RSCHP Museum will open for the season. We hope to present the people of Revere with myriad opportunities to explore the history of their community, from field trips for students of all ages, to visiting hours for the general public to take guided tours or to explore at their leisure. Until then, check us out at and on Instagram - @rschp_official.


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