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!
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.
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.
If you have been to the Museum within the last ten years you probably noticed the worn out carpeting in the main galleries. The flooring is in desperate need of updating. With new flooring we can offer more events and rentals. Please help us collect money to replace the flooring and thus better serving our community.