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.

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.

Coming Soon: 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.

Exhibitors: If you’d like to exhibit at the Model Boat Show, you can download an Exhibitor’s Registration form by clicking 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 through PayPal. Click here to go to the donation page.

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.

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.

The Galleries are now closed for the season.

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