Conversation: 'Fundamentals of Navigation,' Captain Virginia Land, SEA. Woods Hole Library lower-level meeting room. For more information click here."
August 2, 7:30 PM
Annual meeting, Fisher House. Following a brief business meeting, there will be a talk by Tom Chilton titled From Pit Houses to Ice Houses – 25 years of telling stories of people, places and events with exhibits
Woods Hole Science Stroll
August 25, 5-7 PM
Sixth annual Oyster talk and tasting
Nature drawings of Julie Child’s class: Hallway display board
September 15-17 and September 29-October 1
'Destination Science: Discover Woods Hole' – Two-weekend event hosted by Woods Hole Business Association. Talks and activities at WHHM and across the village
Thank-you reception for docents
Galleries close for the season
History of Woods Hole Village: Tuesdays.
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon stroll down Water Street and around Eel Pond while learning about the colorful history of the village. Tour starts promptly at 3:30 every Tuesday beginning July 11 and last about 90 minutes. The tours are led by Susan Pennington.
Science in Woods Hole: Tuesday through Friday mornings
Science in Woods Hole takes place on Tuesday through Friday mornings starting at 10 a.m. The tour will inform visitors of the history and mission of the scientific institutions in the village, including brief overviews of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Marine Biological Laboratory, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The walking tour starts at the Museum, offers access to the touch tanks at the Buzzards Bay Coalition, views of the docks and research facilities, and ends at the Aquarium just in time for the seal feeding at 11 am.
Funding for this program is provided by the Woods Hole Business Association.
Arrive 15 minutes early. Participants on both tours should plan to arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the tour starts. Free and open to the public. Donations to the museum are appreciated.
Captain Virginia Land McGuire, Associate Professor of Nautical Science, Sea Education Association, will lead a talk about navigating using charts, compasses, quadrants, sextants, taffrail logs, lead lines and chip lines and other tools in the era of celestial navigation, dead reckoning and coastal piloting. The program will be held at the Woods Hole Public Library, lower level meeting room.
Docents’ training was held June 13 at the museum with informative presentations by our exhibit curators. Tom Chilton has once again used his design expertise on our shellfishing exhibit. Our navigation exhibit had several guest curators, including Steve Wagner, former Fisheries captain; Virginia Land, associate professor and captain at SEA; and Jennifer and Arthur Gaines, with Bob Grosch using his skills to mount and hang charts and naviational tools.
The 11th Biennial WHHM Model Boat Show (April 22 and 23) was a wonderful event! Despite a very raw and rainy day Saturday there was a good turnout and Sunday was absolutely spectacular! Exhibitors and attendees clearly enjoyed the wide variety of things to see and do. There was something for everyone! Judy Stetson reports that one of the exhibitors, who travels around the country to various model boat shows, rates the WHHM show as among the best!
The members of the Model Boat Show program committee worked hard over the past few months to bring this event together: Jay Burnett, Christie Chilton, Tom Chilton, Bob Grosch, Kathy Cooper, Laura Reckford, P.K. Simonds, and Debbie Scanlon. And, of course, the outstanding co-captains of the event, Jennifer and Arthur Gaines, who are committed to what has become a great Woods Hole tradition and community builder. Thanks to all!
In Gallery One: Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail, you will discover how Cape Cod fishermen travelled close to shore and far from land before the days of electronic devices.
The exhibit features reproductions and an original of large, century-old maritime charts from the archives of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Other artifacts include navigation tools such as sextants, compasses, sounding lines, chronometers and log lines. Thanks to Steve Wagner, retired captain of NOAA’s RV Albatross IV and Delaware and current member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tom Chilton, Bob Grosch, Debbie Scanlon for curating this exhibit, and to WHOI for their assistance.
Man and Mollusk: A History of Shellfishing on Cape Cod
In Gallery Two you’ll learn about all things shellfish! Man and Mollusk: A History of Shellfishing on Cape Cod takes you from the early uses of quahog shells by the Wampanoag Indians to present-day oyster farming by local fishermen.
In this exhibit you will see examples of many kinds of shellfish found in our waters and the vintage tools that were used to gather them.
You’ll learn how the uses of shellfish, like clams, evolved from being food for pigs and bait for fishing to the delicacies that we enjoy today. Thanks to Tom Chilton and Bob Grosch for curating this exhibit.
Below is a list of articles that have been published in the Museum’s newsletter Mainsheet. The articles look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history and feature research by Museum Archivist Susan F. Witzell and by several other guest writers. To see an article, click on a link.
A two-pound cannonball fired by the British during an attack on Falmouth during the War of 1812.
In addition to the exhibits presented in our galleries and in our shops each year, the museum website presents several online exhibits. Some of these (like the exhibit about ice houses) are online versions of exhibits that were mounted in the museum galleries at some point in the past. Others (like the exhibit about the guano works) were never mounted and have existed only online.
At present there are 10 exhibits available for viewing online:
Explore the history of Woods Hole through its businesses. Learn about carpenters and entrepreneurs, about tea rooms, restaurants and bars. This is the web version of an exhibit that was up in the Museum for the summers of 2015 and 2016. To visit the exhibit, click here.
The long and brutal winter of 2015 resulted in many spectacular photographs and an exhibit at the museum. Below are some photos and two short movies all taken during the long and brutal winter of 2015. The photos were all taken by Bob Grosch and the movie of the blizzard is Bob’s as well. The video “Frozen Woods Hole from Above” is by Brian Switzer.
To see larger versions of Bob’s photos, click on “Show picture list”. His blizzard video is below. To see Brian’s video, click here.