The Dallin Art Museum succeeds despite the pandemic

Welcome to Dallin Art Museum co-founder James McGough.

The Dallin Museum reopened in August and visitors are once again treated to captivating experiences with our wonderful guides. The museum recently hired its first part-time paid docent director―and can now expand its docent program and promote the museum more broadly as a community resource and tourist destination.

In response to the pandemic, the museum has developed a strong list of programs to expand its reach beyond museum walls:

  • The Arlington Center Art and Architecture Walking Tour, held monthly from May through September, drew about 30 participants per tour, many of them new to the museum. About half frequented local restaurants after the visit, demonstrating the positive economic impact of the museum in the community.
  • Virtual conferences on the Paul Revere Monument, Storrow Memorial, Sculpture for Justice and Feminine strength and sculpture, and two new Dallin paintings drew more than 650 viewers across the country. The museum’s online presence has also expanded through the redesign of its website,, as well as a new online gift shop and Wikipedia entries for Dallin’s public works. The museum’s active and strategic engagement with social media has dramatically increased its following across all platforms.
  • Given the centrality of Indigenous peoples in Dallin’s life, the museum has increased its efforts to elevate their experiences and perspectives. The museum supported the Arlington Commission on Human Rights’ Indigenous Peoples Day Campaign and, in honor of the newly adopted holiday, hosted a virtual conversation with Ute Elder Forrest Cuch about trauma and The healing. The museum is also innovating a new program to provide art materials to children in Indigenous communities in Utah that have been disproportionately impacted by Covid.

Not to love this gracious man is not to know him.
– One of Cyrus Dallin’s many beloved students.

As we all continue to adjust to these difficult times, one silver lining is a renewed sense of gratitude for those, like Cyrus Dallin, whose work aimed to make the world more beautiful, kinder, and fairer. Dallin’s legacy lives on, and the museum is more committed than ever to promoting itself as a place of dialogue, learning and growth.

Remember the Dallin Art Museum in your charitable donations

Contributions support the essential daily operations of the museum and provide experiences that enrich, inspire and connect our community through art. The museum hopes that you will continue to help make a positive difference in the lives of others by donating to the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum’s annual appeal.

To make a contribution and help the museum reach its $25,000 goal, tax-deductible donations are gratefully accepted at (on the main page of the website, click “Donate” and follow the instructions), or by check payable to Dallin Museum and mailed to PO Box 266., Arlington, MA 02474.

Thank you for your generosity! The museum is grateful for your partnership as we share the inspiring art and legacy of this “graceful” man for the benefit of all of us.

Dallin Museum

The museum is open for visits on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Group tours can be arranged by contacting Nancy Blanton, Group Tour Coordinator, This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-641-0747.

Become a volunteer. They are crucial to the daily operations of the museum and can assist on a weekly, monthly or as needed basis. The museum is also looking for a new treasurer for the board, as well as docents and associate administrators with experience in development, event planning, marketing, education, graphic/web design, social media or exhibition making. For more information, visit

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This press announcement by YourArlington freelancer Susan Gilbert was posted on Monday, December 6, 2021.

Mildred D. Field