Dallin Museum Timeline

Late 1960s

Dallin’s legacy has been largely forgotten in Arlington, MA


Rell G. Francis visits Arlington to research and photograph Dallin’s works for his seminal book, Cyrus E. Dallin: Let Justice Be Done, published by the Springville Art Museum.

January 24, 1984

The Board of Selectmen appoints the Cyrus E. Dallin Committee. The Committee’s first action is to locate the existing works of Cyrus E. Dallin in Arlington municipal buildings.


The Cyrus E. Dallin Committee completes the survey. The resulting document identified 24 pieces by Dallin that remained in the town’s holdings. Most of the pieces were damaged and in need of conservation. The Committee begins a conservation program, and begins fundraising for that purpose.


The conservation program completes the restoration of the town’s works by Dallin.


The Committee recommends the establishment of a museum for the Dallin collection and proposes a plan and by-laws.

April 1995

Town Meeting establishes the Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum.

The Museum’s official mission is to collect, preserve, protect, and exhibit the works of Cyrus E. Dallin and to educate the community about Cyrus E. Dallin.

February 1996

The Selectmen make the first appointments to the Board of Trustees. The Museum will operate with an all-volunteer board and staff, and will continue to do its own fundraising.


The Town of Arlington makes the Jefferson Cutter House available to the Museum to temporarily house and exhibit the collection.

October 1998

The Cyrus E. Dallin Art Museum officially opens to the public. The first two galleries are Family and Neighbors and Paul Revere: Evolution of a Masterpiece.


The third gallery, History and Allegories, opens. At the end of the year, the collection has expanded 33%.


Remaining a municipal museum and town-appointed Board, the Cyrus E. Dallin Museum incorporates as a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status for fund-raising purposes.


The Museum’s fourth and most significant gallery, Cyrus E. Dallin: A Tribute to the Native Americans, is officially opened to the public.


The 150th anniversary year of Cyrus Dallin’s birth was celebrated with special programs, lectures, tours, and record attendance.


The Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors complete a study process and adopt a strategic plan identifying the vision, values, and goals for the organization through 2020.

A conservation assessment grant from Heritage Preservation makes possible the hiring of consultants to complete both architectural and collections Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) reports.


A grant application by the museum results in a Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund grant being awarded to the Town to help fund exterior restoration activities at the Jefferson Cutter House. Work is now underway to restore windows, replace the cedar shingle roof, and repair cladding, trim and doors. The museum concurrently is making upgrades to the galleries inside the building.