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:
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.
T.E. Howe’s Market on Eel Pond
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.
Church of the Messiah (Episcopal)
St. Joseph Church (Roman Catholic)
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
MBL Nobel Prize Exhibit Collection
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (W.H.O.I.)
N.O.A.A. – National Marine Fisheries
U.S. Coast Guard (including Nobska Light House)
Woods Hole History:
Woods Hole Child Center
Woods Hole Community Association
Woods Hole Cooperative Association
Woods Hole Golf Club
Woods Hole Library
Woods Hole School
Woods Hole Woman’s Club
Woods Hole Women’s Equal Suffrage League
Woods Hole Yacht Club
Bike Path (Shining Sea Bike Path)
Boats: Woods Hole Spritsail Collection
Candle Factory (Candle House)
Elizabeth Islands: Nonamessett, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Cuttyhunk, Penikese
Elizabeth Islands: Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse (Naushon)
Fire Department Records
Hungarian Student Committee
Hurricanes and Storms
Music in Woods Hole
Pacific Guano Company
Parking Task Force
Railroads (Woods Hole area: Old Colony, NY, NH& H, Cape Cod)
Woods Hole Garage & Market
World War II
Theater in Woods Hole:
Woods Hole Theater Company
Quissett Yacht Club
Lawrence High School
Falmouth Music Association
Falmouth Nursing Association
Falmouth and Falmouth Other Parts
Woods Hole Houses:
Wheelwright House Collection
WHOI Historical House Survey and Properties
10 boxes of house information kept by area
Kay Hiam Collection of Quissett Avenue Property Histories
Woods Hole Maps and Plans:
Griffin Property Surveys Woods Hole
Fay Family Properties Plans Surveys
Various Maps and Plans — Five Boxes
Various Rolled Plans, Charts and Maps
Ephemera, Photographs and Postcards:
Exhibitors: If you’d like to exhibit at the Model Boat Show, fill out and return the Exhibitor’s Registration form.
To download the form as a Word docx that you can fill out on your computer, and then return as an email attachment, click here.
To download the form as a PDF that you can print out, fill out with a good old pen, and then mail in, click here.
To return the form as an attachment, email Jennifer Gaines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To mail the form on paper, send it to Jennifer Gaines, WHHM, P.O. Box 185, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
If you have questions, contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.
Benefactor Membership: $1,000 or more
Patron Membership: $500
Donor Membership: $100
Family Membership: $50
Individual Membership: $30
All memberships include a subscription to Spritsail, which contains articles on Woods Hole and Falmouth history and is published twice yearly; plus other mailings that include our semi-annual newsletter, The Mainsheet, and notices about the monthly Conversation programs, lectures, workshops and special events.
Please make membership check out to Woods Hole Historical Museum and mail your check to:
Woods Hole Historical Museum
P.O. Box 185
Woods Hole, MA 02543
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Below are photos of the nine varieties of Walsh rambler roses that are positively identified and that still bloom in Woods Hole every summer. All photos are by Gretchen Ward Warren.
The Museum Galleries will reopen on June 17, 2017.
In Gallery 1 — Navigating the Seas by the Sun and the Stars: Sailing the waters of New England.
In Gallery 2 — Man and Mollusks: A history of shellfishing on Cape Cod.
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.