The Somerville Museum is a 501-3c non-profit organization supported by membership, donations and grants. We are currently running a few fundraisers that would greatly benefit from your donation!

ACCESS FOR ALL: Capital Campaign

In the Fall of 2011, the Museum Board undertook a survey of the building and grounds to determine what needed to be done to bring the Museum into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  From that information, the Museum’s architect, Richard Graf, created plans for a new entryway on Westwood Road that included a wheel chair lift and attractive portico. This design was universally admired; however, it did not meet the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) requirements for making the Museum fully accessible.  In 2014, the MAAB directed the Trustees to make all three floors of the building accessible to the public, including volunteers. (The Museum was aided by over 80 volunteers last year.) To allow full access to all requires an elevator. Click here for more information. Please consider donating to this great cause.

Proposed facade including elevator for handicapped accessibility

Become a Museum Member

Our Annual membership drive has begun! Memberships run from January 1st to December 31st of the current year and help support programs like the Community Curators Grant. Membership to the Somerville Museum is open to all who are interested in supporting our local arts, culture and history. Benefits of membership include invitations to members-only events, exhibits and related programming along with 10% off all Museum merchandise.

Pisa Family Endowment Fund

Long-time Museum member and mother of Regina Pisa, Trustee and President Emeritus, passed away on July 14th. Josephine was a beloved member of the community and will be sorely missed. The Pisa Family Endowment Fund has been set up in her honor. Please consider donating to this fund in lieu of sending flowers.

Thomas Battinelli, the husband of Evelyn Battinelli, Executive Director of the Museum, was a beloved member and volunteer. For years, Tom and Evelyn worked hard to keep the doors open to the public. Setting up chairs for lectures and music events, staying late to close up, and promoting the Museum endlessly. Without Tom’s hard work the Museum would not be what it is today. Please consider donating to this fund to keep his memory alive and help the Museum strive. Donations are accepted with the link below, cash and checks. Checks can be made out to the Somerville Museum, Thomas Battinelli Endowment Fund,  One Westwood Road, Somerville MA, 02143.


The Somerville Museum, which opened in the mid-1920’s, has seen many challenges over the years and has always found a way to persevere. However, as a non-profit, mostly volunteer-run organization, we couldn’t do this without our members and donors. On average, it costs $70/week for electricity, $20/week for the alarm system, $15/week for internet and website as well as other utilities necessary to keep the Museum running. The spring season is typically the most active time for the Museum with exhibits, programming and the Somerville Open Studios First Look Exhibit. Without these opportunities to continue promoting the Museum, collecting admission costs, selling merchandise and signing up new members, we could use the help of our members and community more than ever. 

There are many ways you can help. Renew your membership if you haven’t already, purchase a gift membership for a friend, neighbor or relative. Donations are always welcome and below are a list of our weekly expenses. Your continued support means everything and we simply couldn’t do what we do without you.