Visit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts museums to explore the fun of Girl Scouting while learning about our proud history and rich tapestry of traditions. Our largest collection is in Waltham, and we have a smaller collection in Middleboro. Troop visits to the museums are free. Email for more information.
The Girl Scout Museum at Cedar Hill, located at 265 Beaver Street in Waltham, houses one of the most extensive collections of Girl Scout memorabilia in the country. Archives include primary source photographs, newspapers and artifacts connected to the beginnings of the Girl Scout Movement in Massachusetts and showcasing life in Boston, Waltham and New Bedford over the past 100 years.
Glass display cases highlight scrapbooks, photos, musical instruments, handicrafts, dolls, and many other artifacts that represent the evolution of Girl Scouting in Massachusetts, the United States, and the world. The museum also houses a variety of vintage uniforms, flags, badges and camping items, as well as publications that bring Girl Scouts’ history and traditions to life.
Hours vary. Call 781-373-4360 or email for hours or to schedule an appointment for access to our archives in Waltham and Middleboro. Our volunteer curators and docents are eager to share their extensive knowledge and passion for history. Admission to the museum is free, however donations are always welcomed.
Adults and older girls may access town files, photos, and news clippings. Old handbooks and songbooks are available to use in troop programs, and many artifacts may be borrowed for community displays. We welcome donations of local Girl Scout news clippings, town records and items of Girl Scout memorabilia.
Museum Activities (view our Ultimate Guide to Programs for full details)
- Learn about Juliette Gordon Low and the founding of Girl Scouts
- Try a Museum Scavenger Hunt
- Have a 1920s Brownie meeting or a 1950s Intermediate Girl Scout meeting
- Earn part of a badge or Journey award
- Learn about Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries
- See uniforms from other generations
- Learn the history of Brownies
- Have tea with Juliette Gordon Low (portrayed by a docent)
- Learn basic knot tying, semaphore skills, and flag etiquette
- Explore the history of Girl Scout camping
- Borrow the 1918 movie, The Golden Eaglet
Museum Resources Available for Rent
Enhance service unit events, fashion shows, school reports, parade floats, and Thinking Day, Girl Scout Week and Juliette Gordon Low presentations with original vintage Girl Scout uniforms, international uniforms, and international flags available for rent and pick up at any GSEM office. A nominal fee of $2 per item is charged for uniform rental and a deposit is required. A Juliette Gordon Low “program in a suitcase” is available for a $10 rental fee.