Welcome

MuseumCampusThe Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests.

Founded as an adjunct to the Woods Hole Library “to establish and preserve a collection of objects and materials of cultural, historical, and artistic value,” it has grown to a campus of several buildings housing exhibit, workshop, and archival space, as well as becoming an active publisher of works of local and historical interest.

Admission to the museum is free.

The Galleries Are Open!
The exhibit in Gallery 1, back by popular demand, is Businesses of Old Woods Hole with added focus on the Pacific Guano Company. Gallery 2 has an exhibit on Historic Ice Harvesting in Woods Hole. For more about the current exhibits, click here. To see a list of other events scheduled for the summer, click here.

Walking Tours
Join us Tuesdays at 3:30 for a walking tour of historic Woods Hole. Or join us Tuesday-Friday at 10:00 AM for a walking tour of science in Woods Hole. For more information, click here.

The Museum’s Newest Acquisition is the Sultana
Through a series of events, the museum is the proud owner of the “Sultana,” a half-scale model of an 18th century boat that was begun by a master shipwright on Martha’s Vineyard. The volunteers in the Boatbuilding Shop will be working on the boat in the coming years. You can read all about the history of the boat and also the project in this article in the online magazine, Cape Cod Wave. The article is called A Third Life for the Sultana: A Cape Cod Schooner’s Tale.

The History of the Falmouth Road RaceFRR photo
Massachusetts runner and author Paul Clerici will be at the Woods Hole Historical Museum at 7:30 PM on August 12 to talk about his newly published book, A History of the Falmouth Road Race: Running Cape Cod (The History Press). For more information, click here.

Family Boat Building
To see photos from the recently completed Family Boat Building Workshop, click here.

Museum Receives A Generous Gift
At a reception on October 16, the Woods Hole Historical Museum received a generous bequest from the estate of Mary Lou and Paul Ferris Smith, the single largest gift the Museum has ever received. For more information, click here.

Bill Cooper rowing

Bill is second man in. He’s wearing a white t-shirt.

Atlantis Stories Published
The Woods Hole Historical Museum announces the publication of its newest, eagerly anticipated, book: Atlantis Stories: Before the Mast on a Sailing Research Vessel, 1944-1948, by William B. Cooper. The book was edited by Arthur Gaines and Jay Burnett and Douglas Cooper, son of Bill wrote the preface and epilogue. For more about the book click here. To purchase Atlantis Stories click here.

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