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

For our Calendar of Events for Summer 2014, click here.

20140712_101857_resizedOur popular Woods Hole Historical Museum Biennial Auction is scheduled for July 19, 2014. Check our auction website for more information. In addition to more than 16 boats up for bid, the auction has a wide range of antiques, art work and collectibles from decoy ducks to a harpoon to antique telephones and a sign from the old Leeside bar. It is free to bid. Viewing starts at 9am and bidding starts at 10am. There is also a silent auction.



James Prosek: Illustrated Talk. James Prosek, internationally acclaimed author, artist, and fisherman will speak at the Woods Hole Historical Museum on Saturday, July 26. Immediately after his illustrated talk, there will be a chance to talk with him and sample locally sourced gourmet snacks from the sea and land.

The event will start at 4:45 PM and end at 7 PM; the talk will begin promptly at 5 PM. Tickets for the evening event are $ 25 for members, $ 35 for non-members and are available from the Museum by stopping by or calling 508-548-7270.

In the meantime, his life-size paintings of Ocean Fish are exhibited in the Museum gallery at 579 Woods Hole Road where admission is free. James Prosek is offering Museum patrons the unique opportunity of purchasing these giclee prints, the only reproduction of each of these paintings ever produced. A silent auction is in place now, culminating in a live auction on the night of this event.

Up until this series of ocean fish, James Prosek had been known for his paintings of trout. He has published several books of his watercolors of trout, as well as writings of his travels in search of native trout. More recently he has written a book about eels and narrated a PBS Nature documentary about them. And most recently of all, he has produced his paintings of ocean fish in all their beautiful color, fresh from the sea.

frugal skiffIntroducing: Woods Hole Family Boat Building! This summer, a new boat-building program for children and their parents will be offered at the Woods Hole Historical Museum. Each child-parent pair will produce a ten-foot Frugal Skiff in just three fun and informative half-days. Best of all, families who choose to pay for materials will be able to leave the class with their very own boat. The class starts July 28. Click here for more info.


Atlantis Stories to be published. Our much-anticipated publication Atlantis Stories will be for sale in our museum shop soon. Click here for more information. To see an article from Cape Cod Wave about the book, click here.

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 is free.The Museum is a private, nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Woods Hole Library, funded by membership fees, fund-raising events, and grants obtained for special projects.

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