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 & More Campaign

Our Capital Campaign Goal: $2.25m  | Raised to date: $1.9m 

Proposed facade including elevator for accessibility

Access for All inevitably raises the question, Access to What? The goal of this campaign is not the elevator in and of itself, but the freedom that having easy movement between floors will give to those looking to enjoy an art exhibition or a musical concert, to participate in a  workshop by local craftspeople or teachers, and/or to consult and share the collections in a way that has never been available before. To learn more about this project and campaign visit the Access for All & More page. To learn more about the construction progress, visit the construction blog.

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 Endowment Fund

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.