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 2015 Model Boat Show, April 18 and 19

Preparing for the boat races on Eel Pond.

Jim Linville, Race Chairman of the American Model Yacht Association and Jennifer Gaines, Chairman of the event, lay plans for the races on Eel Pond.Photo by Tom Chilton

In spite of the lingering winter weather, plans are underway for the 10th Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show, less than a month away on Saturday, April 18 from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday, April 19 from 9 am to 3 pm. The show features displays of model boats built by enthusiasts from all over New England and beyond. See models of racing boats, tall ships, tug boats, historic boats, and military ships. See ships in bottles and other whimsical feats of imagineering. See radio-controlled boat races on Eel Pond. See presentations and demonstrations. See kids building model boats. Buy model kits and supplies. Tickets, which are good for both days, are $12 for adults, $5 for kids, or $25 maximum for families.For more information, 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. The finished book is richly illustrated with archival photographs. The book is featured in the March issue of “Soundings” magazine. To see the article, click here. Cape Cod Wave online magazine wrote an article about the book. To read it, click here. Redwood Wright wrote a review of  Atlantis Stories for the Falmouth Enterprise. To read that review, click here. For more about the book click here. To purchase Atlantis Stories click here.


Highlights of Summer, 2014
To see photos of some of the Museum events of this past summer, click here.

The MBL at 125
02371An online version of the Museum exhibit “The MBL at 125″ is now up in the Online Exhibits section of this website. The exhibit features many of the photos and much of the text that was up in one of our galleries in summer, 2013. Click here to learn more.

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