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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.

The Museum Is Open for the Summer!
The exhibit in Gallery 1, back by popular demand, is Businesses of Old Woods Hole with added focus on the Pacific Guano Company. Gallery 2 has an exhibit on Historic Ice Harvesting in Woods Hole. For more about the current exhibits, click here. To see a list of other events scheduled for the summer, click here.

Family Boat Building
Over the course of four days in July four families will build their own 10’ skiff under a tent on the Museum’s lawn in Woods Hole. At the end of the program, the families will have their own skiffs, which will need only painting to make them ready to launch. Family Boat Building will run from July 20-23, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 1 PM. For more information, click here.

Gerry Ross and some of his ships-in-bottles.

Gerry Ross and some of his ships-in-bottles.

Creating Ships in Bottles
Every Wednesday in July join Gerald Ross on the terrace at the Museum as he demonstrates the art of creating Ships-in-Bottles. He’ll be there from 11:00 -1:00.

Photos from the Model Boat Show
You can see photos from the Model Boat Show by clicking here. The Model Boat Show was held here in Woods Hole last April.

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.

Museum Receives A Generous Gift
At a reception on October 16, the Woods Hole Historical Museum received a generous bequest from the estate of Mary Lou and Paul Ferris Smith, the single largest gift the Museum has ever received. For more information, click here.

Bill Cooper rowing

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

Atlantis Stories Published
The Woods Hole Historical Museum announces the publication of its newest, 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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