Coming Events, Summer 2017

Date Event
August 12, 10 AM-3 PM Woods Hole Science Stroll. Click here for more info.
August 25, 5-7 PM Sixth annual Oyster talk and tasting
September exhibit 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
October 5 Thank-you reception for docents
October 28 Galleries close for the season

Walking Tours

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. NO TOUR AUGUST 8.

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.

For more information, call 508-548-7270.

Sixth Annual Oyster Talk and Tasting 2017

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. Or to purchase  tickets online, please email the museum at with your name and number of reservations, and pay through Paypal.

The cost will be $35 for members and $45 for non-members.