In the Galleries, Summer 2017

Navigating the Seas with the Sun and the Stars

In Gallery One: Navigating the Seas with the Sun and the Stars, 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.

Exhibits at the Museum through the Years

Below is a list of exhibits at our Museum over the years. The first exhibit of the Woods Hole Historical Museum was held in 1974 in Endeavor House on School Street. The following year, in 1975, an exhibit was held at Fisher House on Church Street.

In 1976, the Museum moved into Bradley House, and since then, there have usually, but not always, been at least two exhibits each year, one in each gallery.

The Woods Hole Model, a permanent exhibit in the third gallery, was begun in the late 1970’s and completed ten years later.

The list was compiled after a search through the minutes of the Museum steering committee. Those minutes were not always completely clear, but we have done the best we can to interpret them. We have some wonderful exhibits coming up, so be sure to stop by the museum to see what’s new!

Past Exhibitions