Wright Museum of WWII

Wright Museum of WWII, Wolfeboro: Hours, Address, Wright Museum of WWII Reviews: 5/5

Wright Museum of WWII
5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
This Museum's purpose is to educate, entertain and inspire visitors with the story of WWII-era Americans often called "the greatest generation". The Wright Museum is open seasonally from May 1st to October 31st.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH7,984 contributions
YET ANOTHER GREAT SPECIAL EXHIBIT
May 2021
Going up to Wolfeboro to visit the Wright Museum of World War II to see one or both of the yearly special exhibits has become almost an annual trip for me.

The draw that brought me up on this trip was this year’s first two exhibits that ran together:
1. WASP: The Untold Story
2. Women and the War Effort: Recruiting Posters of World War II

Although there were some photos and a uniform, most of the WASP: The Untold Story exhibit focused on the award-winning 60-minute video “Women of Courage” which was the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) of World War II. The video depicted the life at WASPS at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas where the WASPS were trained 1943 to 1944. It showed them undergoing the same rigorous physical training as the men. Footage showed them doing chin ups. My favorite parts of the video were the interviews with actual WASPS many years later. They talked about their jobs to train male combat pilots, test experimental warplanes, repair planes, deliver new planes from the factories to bases, etc.

The second exhibit, Women and the War Effort: Recruiting Posters of World War II, had over two dozen recruiting posters from that era. There were posters for WACS (Army), WAVES (Navy), SPARS (Coast Guard), and women Marines. Although all the posters have wonderful historic value, I thought that this exhibit wasn’t all that great because it was posters and info boards.

The highlight of my visit was the “Women of Courage” video.

I rate this first set of special exhibits at 4.50 and can recommend a visit.

This year, I did not go through any of the permanent exhibits because I’ve seen them so many times, but I recommend a full tour for first-time visitors.

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Written June 2, 2021
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Curiosity705011
7 contributions
Memories
May 2021
This is an excellent museum depicting life in the USA from 1939-1945—the WWII era. The exhibits were very well done. Wonderful displays honoring those who served and so much more. You’ll definitely want to spend several hours seeing it all.
Written May 25, 2021
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Thanks for visiting!
Written May 31, 2021
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191plf
Wolfeboro, NH71 contributions
Incredible museum
Mar. 2021
This museum was absolutely amazing. The exhibits were well done and easy to follow with explanations and docents to answer any questions. The main floor has an interesting array of motorized vehicles, I.e. tanks, jeeps and other armored vehicles. Above this area is a walk around depicting many aspects of the war effort. Another area is made up of vintage magazine covers from the era. There are also life sized replicas of life on the home front during the war. Along the way there are interesting videos to view. Plan on spending half a day at this unique museum.
Written May 22, 2021
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Thanks for the great review. Come back again.
Written May 31, 2021
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Chandler C
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Awesome place, highly recommend!!!
Jun. 2020
I have been to the Wright Museum a total of 3 times, and each time was absolutely amazing! If I lived closer, I would go every day; the museum has a variety of objects from the late 1930s, mid 1940s, including weaponry, tanks, uniforms, personal items, and much, much more! I have recommended this place to numerous friends who have an interest in WW2 as a subject, and each one of them also loved the museum! The staff is fantastic as well and always seems happy to answer questions and help!
Written April 1, 2021
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We love repeat visitors!
Written May 31, 2021
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Thomas C
Somers, NY8 contributions
A gem in New Hampshire
Sep. 2020
We had a wonderful visit to the museum. It is a gem in the middle of New Hampshire. The displays are great and thoughtful. The staff is friendly and it was a great joy to walk around and learn history.
Written March 4, 2021
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kianme
New Jersey72 contributions
Outstanding collection of artifacts & memorabilia!
Oct. 2020
I am a huge WWII buff and for years have always wanted to stop at the Wright Museum on our way to the White Mtns. This year, we had two extended trips to the area and planned a full day visit to the museum in early October. Our visit was mid-week, so it was not overcrowded.
We were greeted by Jack, one of the veterans with the museum, in the main entrance area. He explained the exhibits in that area to us and led us into the first room to start the tour. We had a great conversation with Jack. I shared with him the story of my grandfather who was in the Navy and commissioned by his squadron CO to do photography for his unit. I was able to share with him some photos that my grandfather had taken of General MacArthur on a PT boat in the Philippines. The museum tour was about three hours for us. The displays are all well thought out and included a brief video in the auditorium, "walk through history" displays in the Time Tunnel, as well as the large two story room that housed all of the wartime vehicles including jeeps, trucks, motorcycles, tanks and airplane. We were fortunate to attend when the exhibit Memories of World War II - Photographs from the Associated Press Archives was open. This is a great attraction for all ages! Looking forward to another visit next year.
Written December 13, 2020
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Anne215
35 contributions
OMG, what a gem!
Oct. 2020 • Couples
We put off coming here for a long time because we thought it would be weapons, death, gloom and doom. Not at all! So much is about life on the home front: a reconstructed 5&10, soda shop, toys, books, movie clips, fashion, LIFE magazine covers, and on and on. Signage and labels were well-written and helpful, and staff were friendly and helpful, too. Definitely allow at least two hours. Note that they close Oct. 31.
Written October 24, 2020
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KittyChick
Kentucky90 contributions
Impressive collection!
Oct. 2020 • Couples
This was the perfect rainy day activity! We arrived around 1 pm and enjoyed all 3 hours before they closed at 4 pm. The Wright museum does a fantastic job of showing what WWII was like for Americans at home, and how the war impacted daily life. This is a very unique perspective and one I have never seen illustrated so well. Children and teens will be especially interested to see how the lives of kids their age changed, due to the unified sacrifice of the nation. I strongly encourage you to visit this museum, it’s worth your time and entry fee.
Written October 14, 2020
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J David
Manchester, NH1 contribution
Overly Impressed
Oct. 2020
Just the overall ,number of items on display, the way they were displayed! Just such an effort by them to tell the story of WW11.To be honest did not expect to see this in this location---actually something I would have thought to more in keeping with Bostn area. Please allow enough time on your visit to take it ALL in.
Written October 12, 2020
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DCarroll
1 contribution
A world class museum in a small New Hampshire town?
Sep. 2020
Yes, a world class museum in a small New Hampshire town! We spent over 2 hours absorbing the history of WWI from 1939 - 1945 from the action overseas to the action at the Homefront. A marvel's collection of artifacts and memorabilia from the era. Friendly Docents - sharing their knowledge of the exhibits, the time period, and local information.
What drew us to the museum was their exhibit "Vietnam: The Real War - Photographs from the Associated Press, but we found so much more with the extensive displays of life from 1939 - 1945. Even with Covid-19, the staff made the journey through time educational and enjoyable. Highly recommend this to every age group!
Written September 24, 2020
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Wright Museum of WWII is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.