Museum Office and Archives are closed in compliance with recent orders from Governor Baker and the Town of Falmouth. However, we are still hoping to open June 13th.

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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,” the Museum 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.


Rob Blomberg at Fenway
Let WHHM Take YOU Out to the Ball Game! Postponed until September

Join WHHM for our spring fundraiser, a fun motor coach ride together to Boston for a special Insiders’ Tour of Fenway Park with Fenway Tour Supervisor (and popular WHHM tour guide) Rob Blomberg. Reservations will be accepted once we have a new date (reschedule from May date needed)! Proceeds support the WHHM’s 2020 season of exhibits, events, and programs. Learn more . . . 

Atlantis Stories

Cooper on deck.

Bill Cooper sitting on deck.

Bill Cooper’s memoirs of his Atlantis years, from 1944-1948, began as verbal accounts in the boat shop or at the dinner table. At the urging of his son Douglas, Bill recorded the stories in handwritten notes beginning in 1980; his last memoir is dated a month before his death in 2011 at age 83. Atlantis Stories attempts to collate all of these tales for the first time. It has been out-of-print for several years, but has now been reprinted. For more information, click here.

The Small Boat Museum

On your next visit to the museum be sure to visit the Small Boat Museum, formerly the Swift Barn, which was built in 1877 by E.W. Swift for $80.71, labor and materials. Displays include an 1890s Woods Hole Spritsail boat (SPY); a Herreshoff 12 1/2, a Cape Cod Knockabout, a Mirror dinghy, a 1922 Old Town canoe, a Woods Hole Chamberlain dory and many boat models and maritime artifacts.
Other small boats on the campus include two more Cape Cod Knockabouts and two Beetle Cat boats.

“From the Archives” Article Shares Stories from the Oral History Collection

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 read some stories from the Oral History Collection, click here.

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