Deborah Griffin Scanlon, Executive Director
Susan Fletcher Witzell, Archivist
Arlene Lowenstein, chairman
James Liljestrand, vice chairman
Kathy Denham, secretary
Jay Burnett, treasurer
Board of Directors
Becky Sue Epstein
Laura M. Reckford
Peter K. Simonds
In addition, a member of the Board of the Woods Hole Public Library represents the Library on the Museum Board.
The Woods Hole Historical Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and celebration of the area’s unique and colorful past and present, beginning with its farming and fishing roots and wending through centuries of adventurous maritime enterprise, world-renowned scientific exploration and achievement, and the parallel history of summertime recreation that has transformed Cape Cod. This history is brought to life throughout the year with a roster of exhibits, talks, multimedia presentations, special publications, archival resources, as well as with the hands-on living history of our wooden boat-building and restoration programs.
A Brief History of the Museum
The Woods Hole Historical Collection was founded in 1973 as a sub-committee of the Woods Hole Library. In 1976 it moved into its own building, Bradley House, next door to the Library. By 1995-1996, two more buildings had been moved to the site: the Yale Workshop and the Swift Barn housing the Small Boat Museum, and the name of the organization was changed to the Woods Hole Historical Museum.
The Woods Hole Historical Collection continues as the Archive portion of the Museum, as well as in the publishing of books and the journal Spritsail.
The Museum Archives (also known as the Woods Hole Historical Collection) are open for research year round on Tuesdays and Thursday from 10 to 2 and by appointment.
The Museum Galleries and buildings are open from mid June to late September, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Museum galleries are closed from late October to mid June.
A guided Walking Tour of Woods Hole is featured every Tuesday at 3:30 pm during July and August.
Directions to the Museum
Directions to the Museum
The Woods Hole Historical Museum is located at 579 Woods Hole Road in the village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Woods Hole is a part of the town of Falmouth.
From the Cape Cod Canal, follow Route 28 south. Entering Falmouth, follow the signs for the Martha’s Vineyard ferry. From Falmouth, it is approximately 4 miles to Woods Hole. You will go through a traffic light at about 2 miles. One mile after that there will be a flashing yellow light for the fire station. Just before the village of Woods Hole, Little Harbor appears on your left, and, on the right, you will see the sign for the Museum. The Museum campus is on the right, next to the Woods Hole Library, and, just before the left hand turn for the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry. We have a small parking lot for our patrons but you may park, if necessary, at the Library next door when it is closed.
We welcome bicycles! We are at the Woods Hole end of the Shining Sea Bikepath. The Bikepath ends in the Martha’s Vineyard Ferry parking lot. Turn right and go up the hill on Railroad Avenue, cross the street to the Woods Hole Library (a fieldstone building) and we are right next door. A bikerack is available near the front door.
Allow at least 45 minutes for your visit.