Welcome

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.

New in Gallery 2 — The Winter that Was
The Winter That Was: The 2015 Winter In Woods Hole, photographs by the Upper Cape Camera Club, paired with a video of Woods Hole ice from Brian Switzer’s drone, and Catherine Bumpus’ time-lapse photographs of Woods Hole Passage. An exhibit about the Businesses of Old Woods Hole with added focus on the Pacific Guano Company continues in Gallery 1. For more about the current exhibits, click here. To see a list of other events scheduled for the summer, click here.

Oyster Talk and Tasting
The Museum will hold its fourth annual Oyster Talk and Tasting on Friday, August 28 from 5:00-7:00 PM. The event will include a talk by local oyster growers Eric Matzen and Pete Chase, two of the young men who have pioneered oyster aquaculture on the Falmouth shore of Buzzards Bay. Eric and Pete will describe the benefits and challenges of growing oysters on the Cape and give a demonstration of how to successfully and safely open oysters. After the talk, attendees will get to taste oysters from several different locales. Photos from last year’s Oyster Talk are below.

N.B. The Oyster Talk has sold out each year and we have had to turn people away, so we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Come by the Museum or call. If you call, someone will take your credit card information and have your tickets held for you at the door. The cost is $30 for museum members and $40 for non-members. Contact the museum for more information.

The Museum’s Newest Acquisition is the Sultana
Through a series of events, the museum is the proud owner of the “Sultana,” a half-scale model of an 18th century boat that was begun by a master shipwright on Martha’s Vineyard. The volunteers in the Boatbuilding Shop will be working on the boat in the coming years. You can read all about the history of the boat and also the project in this article in the online magazine, Cape Cod Wave. The article is called A Third Life for the Sultana: A Cape Cod Schooner’s Tale.

Family Boat Building
To see photos from the recently completed Family Boat Building Workshop, click here.

Bill Cooper rowing

Bill is second man in. He’s wearing a white t-shirt.

The Museum Publishes Atlantis Stories
Last fall the Woods Hole Historical Museum published the 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. For more about the book click here. To purchase Atlantis Stories click here.

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