About the Woods Hole Historical Museum
The Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with changing exhibits and diverse programs appealing to people with wide interests.
Founded as an adjunct to the Woods Hole Library “to establish and preserve a collection of objects and materials of cultural, historical, and artistic value, it has grown to a campus of several buildings housing exhibit, workshop, and archival space, as well as becoming an active publisher of works of local and historical interest.
The Museum galleries and buildings are open to the public from mid June to late October, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free.
Museum offices and archives are open year-round Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and by appointment.
In the Galleries — Summer, 2017
In Gallery 1: Navigating the Seas in the Age of Sail. How Cape Cod fishermen traveled the seas before the days of electronic devices.
In Gallery 2: Man and Mollusks: A history of shellfishing on Cape Cod from the early uses of quahog shells by the Wampanoag Indians to present-day oyster farming by local fishermen.
For more information about the exhibits, click here.
The Galleries are open to the public.
The Small Boat Museum
On your next visit to the museum be sure to visit the Small Boat Museum, formerly the Swift Barn, which was built in 1877 by E.W. Swift for $80.71, labor and materials. Displays include an 1890s Woods Hole Spritsail boat (SPY); a Herreshoff 12 1/2, a Cape Cod Knockabout, a Mirror dinghy, a 1922 Old Town canoe, a Woods Hole Chamberlain dory and many boat models and maritime artifacts.
Other small boats on the campus include two more Cape Cod Knockabouts, two Beetle cat boats and a half-scale model of the Sultana, a 27 1/2 foot half-scale model of a Revolutionary War era schooner all under renovation by our Boat Shop Volunteers.
Now Online… Science Connection: Japan and Woods Hole
An exhibit from the summer of 2016, Science Connection: Japan and Woods Hole, has now been recreated for the web. Learn about some of the students, scientists and institutions that formed that connection from the early days of the MBL to the present. If you missed that exhibit when it was in the galleries or if you would like to visit it again, you can see it by clicking here.
“From the Archives” Article Tells the Story of Pie in the Sky
Since 2006 the Museum’s newsletter Mainsheet has included extended articles that look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history or feature research that has been done in the Museum Archives. Articles include stories about Woods Hole’s first yachtsman, the hurricane of 1938, the history of the Fishmonger restaurant, and more. You can find the series here on the website under the Museum Archives tab, or, to see a list of articles rescued “From the Archives”, click here. To see the new article about Pie in the Sky, click here.
Donate to the Museum
You can now make donations to the Museum directly from this website. Donations are tax deductible and can be made safely and securely using your credit card or PayPal. Click here to go to the donation page.