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.

Jennifer Gaines

Jennifer Gaines

Help Honor Jennifer Gaines

Join us for a celebration to honor Jennifer Stone Gaines for her outstanding years of service to Woods Hole Historical Museum on Saturday, May 20, 5 to 7 PM, at Fisher House, Church Street, Woods Hole. Proceeds to benefit the Woods Hole Museum Archives. For more information, email whhmdirector@gmail.com or call 508-548-7270.

Model Boat Show — April 22 and 23, 2017

The Woods Hole Historical Museum will be holding its 11th Biennial Woods Hole Model Boat Show on April 22nd & 23rd, 2017. That’s right, we have been putting on this event for over 20 years!Our exhibitors — over 100 of them in all — come from all over New England and beyond. The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats, and everything in between. There is a also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone! For more information on the event, 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.

In the Galleries — Summer, 2017

In Gallery 1: Navigating the Seas by the Sun and the Stars: Sailing the waters of New England.
In Gallery 2: Man and Mollusks: A history of shellfishing on Cape Cod.
The Galleries open to the public on June 17.

TE Howe's

T.E. Howe’s Market on Eel Pond

Now Online… Businesses of Old Woods Hole

A popular exhibit from the summers of 2014 and 2015, Businesses of Old Woods Hole, has now been recreated for the web. Learn about whaling, fishing and fish markets, about hotels and bars, about restaurants and tea rooms. There are even articles about parking lots, carpenters, and a few of the prominent citizens. 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.

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.

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.


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