Welcome

The 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.

The Museum galleries and buildings are open to the public from mid June to late September, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.

Museum offices and archives are open year-round Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and by appointment.

Gift Shop Open for Special Holiday Hours

The Gift Shop will be open Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, from 10 AM to 3:30 PM; Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10, from 10 AM to 3 PM; and during the members’ holiday party, December 15, 5 to 7 PM.

Also, Upper Cape Camera Club will have a special exhibit of photographs of the area in gallery one. The exhibit will open when the Gift Shop is open, so stop by to see the exhibit and, while you’re there, pick up some special holiday gifts. 

A Museum Table at the Renaissance Fair

The Museum will have a table at the Renaissance Fair in the Community Hall on December 3, 10 AM to 3 PM.

Oyster Talk and Tasting a Success!

On August 26, 100 people turned out for the fifth annual Oyster Talk and Tasting at the Museum.  Pete Chase, Eric Matzen, and Mary Murphy, members of the Sippewissett Oyster Cooperative, talked about oysters on the Cape and provided samples for tasting. Read a Wicked Local story about the sold-out event by clicking here.

Photos of Woods Hole Women

Joan Pearlman and Sally Casper photographed approximately 115 Woods Hole women over the age of 75. The photos, paired with short autobiographical sketches, are now here on the Museum website. Some of the women are summer residents and visitors, others are year-rounders. Some are scientists, others are artists. Some are associated with MBL, others with WHOI. Most have been parents and home-makers. To learn more about the photos and the women, click here.

Articles “From the Archives” Are Now Here on the Web

Since 2006 the Museum’s newsletter Mainsheet has included extended articles that look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history or feature research that has been done in the Museum Archives. Articles include stories about Woods Hole’s first yachtsman, the hurricane of 1938, the history of the Fishmonger restaurant, and more. You can find the series here on the website under the Museum Archives tab, or, to see a list of articles rescued “From the Archives”, click here.

The Galleries are now closed for the season.

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