Welcome

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.

A Conversation about Antique Bottles

Bottles from 100 years ago on display at the museum that were collected by Becky Lash. (Photo by Robert Grosch)

Bottles from 100 years ago on display at the museum that were collected by Becky Lash. (Photo by Robert Grosch)

The Woods Hole Historical Museum will mark Massachusetts Archaeology Month with a talk by Woods Hole resident Rebecca Lash about collecting antique bottles.
“Woods Hole 100 Years Ago: What Digging For Bottles Can Tell Us” will be held Tuesday, October 11, at 12:30 PM in the large meeting room in the lower level of the Woods Hole Public Library.

“The gist of the talk will be about what people did with their refuse 100 or more years ago, and what we can learn about Woods Holers of the late 1800s and first half of the 1900s,” Ms. Lash said.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Now in Gallery 1 — Drawings from Nature

Red Admiral by Jennifer Gaines

Red Admiral by Jennifer Gaines

Now in Gallery 1 on September 6 there is an exhibit of drawing from nature by the students of Julie Child. The artists are all students of Julia S. Child of Woods Hole and are all adult year-round residents of Woods Hole and Falmouth. Most of the work has been done in colored pencil, though there are also illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor.

The exhibit Historic Cod Fishing continues in Gallery 2.

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.

In the Galleries

In Gallery 1: Drawings from Nature by the students of Julie Child.
In Gallery 2: Historic Cod Fishing, an exhibit about commercial fishing on Cape Cod.
The Galleries are open 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesdays through Saturdays beginning June 18. For more information, click here.

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