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 11 exhibits available for viewing online:
Science Connection: Woods Hole and Japan
Businesses of Old Woods Hole
The Winter of 2015
Historic Ice Houses
Woods Hole Women of a Certain Age
Historical Photos from the Museum Archive
Walsh Roses on the Fay Estate
Historical Paintings of Woods Hole by Franklin Gifford
A History of the Guano Works on Great Harbor
An Audio Tour of the Village
The MBL at 125
To read more about these exhibits scroll down or click here.
Ume Tsuda (far left) and Sutematsu Yamakawa (far right) both came to Woods Hole and the MBL to study in the late 1800’s.
For almost 150 years there has been a science connection between Japan and Woods Hole. Many of these connections have been on the very personal level, one-to-one. Many accomplished scientists have mentored younger students and assistants, challenging them to discover new facets of the scientific world.
Increasingly through the years there has been more formal cooperation at the institutional level. Yet the bonds of friendship and the ties between individual scientists have only grown and become stronger. These people work together, seeking and sharing knowledge of the ocean and its life.
There was an exhibit describing some of the connections between Woods Hole and Japan on display in the Museum galleries during the summer of 2016. To see an online version of that exhibit, click here.
||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 events hosted by Woods Hole Business Association. Talks and activities at WHHM and across the village.
||Reception for nature drawing class
||'The History of the Pacific Guano Company,' a talk by Debbie Scanlon. Noon, Woods Hole Library.
||Thank-you reception for docents
||Field trip for New England Museum Association annual meeting, 'The Science History of Woods Hole' The museum, WHOI, MBL and Fisheries will host about 100 participants from NEMA. Four groups will rotate through the four venues.
||Galleries close for the season
Science in Woods Hole:
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 last Science Walking Tour will be on September 23.
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.
Funding for this program is provided by the Woods Hole Business Association.
Arrive 15 minutes early. Participants 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.
For more information, call 508-548-7270.
The Woods Hole Historical Museum will hold its annual Oyster Talk and Tasting on Friday, August 25 from 5-7 PM. This combination of education, support for local food growers, and gustatory delight will take place on the Museum grounds at 579 Woods Hole Road.
The first part of the evening will be a talk by local oyster growers Pete Chase, Eric Matzen and Mary Murphy explaining how oysters are grown in this area and the results in the past year’s conditions. Pete could be considered one of the pioneers of modern oyster aquaculture in Falmouth, as he established his oyster growing operation in Gansett Cove, the first to wend the way through regulations and opinions. Now there are a host of people growing oysters in Falmouth, stretching from Waquoit to Megansett. Pete, Mary and Eric are part of a co-operative of growers known as “Sippewissett Oysters”. The cooperative sells its oysters through the Coonamessett Farm.
After the talk, which will include a demonstration of opening the bivalves, the audience will proceed to the tasting tables where volunteers and oystermen and women will open oysters for them. Wines, specially chosen to pair with oysters by international wine editor and new board member Becky Sue Epstein, will be available, as well as several beers.
This event is the sixth annual oyster celebration run by the Museum; an event which has been very popular, and often a sell-out. It is recommended that tickets be bought ahead of time by stopping in or calling the Museum at 508-548-7270. To reserve tickets online, please email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and number of reservations.
The cost will be $35 for members and $45 for non-members.
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.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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.
Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail
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.