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.

In the Galleries — Summer, 2017

In Gallery 1: Navigating the Seas by the Sun and the Stars: Sailing the waters of New England. How Cape Cod fishermen traveled the seas before the days of electronic devices.
In Gallery 2: Man and Mollusks: A history of shellfishing on Cape Cod from the early uses of quahog shells by the Wampanoag Indians to present-day oyster farming by local fishermen.
For more information about the exhibits, click here.
The Galleries open to the public on June 17.

Docents Training

See photos from the recent training for docents by clicking here.

“From the Archives” Article Tells the Story of Pie in the Sky

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. To see the new article about Pie in the Sky, 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.

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.

Online… Woods Hole Women of a Certain Age

Joan Pearlman and Sally Casper photographed approximately 115 Woods Hole women over the age of 75. Eighty-eight of those 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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