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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 Opens for the Summer on June 20!
The exhibit in Gallery 1, back by popular demand, will be Businesses of Old Woods Hole with added focus on the Pacific Guano Company. Gallery 2 will have an exhibit on Historic Ice Harvesting in Woods Hole. To see a list of other events scheduled for the summer, click here.

Summer Internships at the Museum
In the summer of 2015 the Woods Hole Historical Museum will have two paid internships available for a college or older high school student. The intern will assist the volunteer docents in the daily operation of the Museum galleries, small boat museum, and Yale workshop. The major part of the job will be interpreting the exhibits to the public. For more information, click here.

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. The finished book is richly illustrated with archival photographs. The book is featured in the March issue of “Soundings” magazine. To see the article, click here. Cape Cod Wave online magazine wrote an article about the book. To read it, click here. Redwood Wright wrote a review of  Atlantis Stories for the Falmouth Enterprise. To read that review, click here. For more about the book click here. To purchase Atlantis Stories click here.

 

Highlights of Summer, 2014
To see photos of some of the Museum events of this past summer, click here.

The MBL at 125
02371An online version of the Museum exhibit “The MBL at 125″ is now up in the Online Exhibits section of this website. The exhibit features many of the photos and much of the text that was up in one of our galleries in summer, 2013. Click here to learn more.

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