Barry was an artist who trained with Claude Monet in France during the early 1910s. In 2017, the museum staff discovered a hidden painting by Barry hid beneath another painting of hers while digitizing artwork. The work depicted a portrait of an unnamed woman in the 1940s, and it was hidden under The Start of the East Side Parade painting by Barry.
The museum includes exhibits of artifacts that date back centuries, including items recovered from area shipwrecks. The museum's collection of art includes works by Thomas Badger, John Brewster, Jr., Abbott Fuller Graves, Louis Norton, and Hannah Skeele. The museum also maintains a collection of local artwork, including an impressive collection of quilts, records, photographs, and many more. The museum inspires the community by connecting the past to the present through exhibits and artifacts that make the past come alive. Archives are available online and within the museum including diaries, maps, photographs, genealogy files, and artist files.