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.

A Conversation about Nobska Light

“Nobska Light And Its Future” is the topic of the next Woods Hole Historical Museum Conversation on Monday, November 7, at 12:30 PM at the Woods Hole Public Library. Catherine Bumpus, executive director of Friends of Nobska Light, will talk about the history of the Nobska Point light and the process by which it has come under control of the community. She will also discuss plans to open the tower and lighthouse keeper’s house to the public on a seasonal basis and to provide educational exhibits and programs.

Nobska Light

Nobska Light

The nonprofit Friends of Nobska Light was incorporated in February 2015 by Falmouth Historical Society, Highfield Hall & Gardens, Woods Hole Historical Museum and Woods Hole Community Association. In April of 2016, management of Nobska was transferred from the US Coast Guard to the Town of Falmouth, which then granted stewardship to Friends of Nobska Light.

Friends of Nobska Light is responsible for the maintenance of the facility; the Coast Guard continues to maintain the light as an aid to navigation.

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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