About the Woods Hole Historical Museum
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 October, 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.
Upcoming Conversation: “Spiritual Gardening”
Presenting the talk is Cynthia Rose of Searose Designs, who will draw from her 30 years of experience in Falmouth as a landscape designer, consultant, gardener, and artist.
She will share techniques for developing, tending and energizing “gardens of spirit.”
Four specific gardens will be the framework as she describes both public and private gardens and the process to create and attend spaces of remembrance.
The award-winning horticulturist, landscape designer and florist, who was caretaker of the Mary Garden at the bell tower at St. Joseph Church in Woods Hole for eight years, will include her work on two private, spiritual memorial gardens in Woods Hole; a World Trade Center public garden memorial she designed in 2002; and her current project with Terry Soares and Ralph Cataldo, a healing garden at the Compassionate Care ALS in West Falmouth.
Ms. Rose is a resident of Teaticket and a graduate of Antioch College. She attended Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars for Landscape Design and was manager of Mahoney’s Garden Centers for 10 years.
The Conversation will take place in the lower level meeting room at Woods Hole Public Library, next door at 581 Woods Hole Road.
The Small Boat Museum
On your next visit to the museum be sure to visit the Small Boat Museum, formerly the Swift Barn, which was built in 1877 by E.W. Swift for $80.71, labor and materials. Displays include an 1890s Woods Hole Spritsail boat (SPY); a Herreshoff 12 1/2, a Cape Cod Knockabout, a Mirror dinghy, a 1922 Old Town canoe, a Woods Hole Chamberlain dory and many boat models and maritime artifacts.
Other small boats on the campus include two more Cape Cod Knockabouts, two Beetle cat boats and a half-scale model of the Sultana, a 27 1/2 foot half-scale model of a Revolutionary War era schooner all under renovation by our Boat Shop Volunteers.
Now Online… Science Connection: Japan and Woods Hole
An exhibit from the summer of 2016, Science Connection: Japan and Woods Hole, has now been recreated for the web. Learn about some of the students, scientists and institutions that formed that connection from the early days of the MBL to the present. If you missed that exhibit when it was in the galleries or if you would like to visit it again, you can see it by clicking here.
“From the Archives” Article Tells the Story of Pie in the Sky
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. To see the new article about Pie in the Sky, click here.
Donate to the Museum
You can now make donations to the Museum directly from this website. Donations are tax deductible and can be made safely and securely using your credit card or PayPal. Click here to go to the donation page.