Girl Scout Museums

Girl Scouting has a proud history and a rich tapestry of traditions. Troops are welcome to visit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts museums to explore the fun of Girl Scouting. Our largest collection is in Waltham, and we have smaller collections in North Andover and Middleboro. Troop visits to the museums are free. Email us for more information.

  • Museum Visits

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    Museum Visits

    The Girl Scout Museum at Cedar Hill 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.

    Visitors can work their way through the hands-on exhibits. 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 houses a variety of vintage uniforms, flags, badges and camping items, as well as publications that bring Girl Scouts’ rich history to life through crafts and songs, depicting what it was like to be a Girl Scout from decades past. History visits are also available by request at the GSEM offices in North Andover and Middleboro.

    Call–or email–for museum hours and by-appointment access to our archives. 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.

    Contact us today for more information at: cedarhillmuseum@live.com or call 781-373-4360

    The museum is located at
    265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA 02465
    (Hours Vary)

    Museum Archives

    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.

    To augment museum offerings we welcome donations of local Girl Scout news clippings, town records and items of Girl Scout memorabilia.

  • Museum Activities

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    • 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
  • Resources and Programs

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    Museum Resources

    Rent original vintage Girl Scout uniforms, international uniforms, and international flags for pick up at any of the GSEM offices. Enhance service unit events, fashion shows, school reports, parade floats, and Thinking Day, Girl Scout Week and Juliette Gordon Low presentations. 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.

    Museum Programs

    Girl Scout Ways Past & Present: Journey into the past and try some of the fun things Girl Scouts have done throughout the years. You’ll make trail mix, communicate with semaphore flags, practice first aid skills and more. (Brownies and Juniors)

    Me & My Bear Tea Party: Bring your favorite bear (or favorite stuffed animal) and join us for a special Girl Scout tea party hosted by the GSEM Museum team. Girls will practice age appropriate manners and social etiquette and learn what it means to be friendly and helpful. Program includes a snack, a game and tons of fun.

    Girls may earn the Yellow Daisy Petal (Friendly and Helpful) or components of the Brownie Making Friends Badge. (Daisies and Brownies)

    Tea with Juliette:  

    Experience tea with Juliette Gordon Low, as portrayed by a volunteer docent  in period uniform. “Juliette” will help you stay in character by talking about life and manners in 1912 and serving refreshments similar to those of the era. The tea is a “formal” affair so wear your Girl Scout uniform or favorite outfit!