Welcome to the Woods Hole Historical Museum

Open for the 2023 season June 17-October 7, 11-3, Tuesday-Saturday.

The Woods Hole Historical Museum (WHHM) has 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,” the Museum 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.

NEW! Search online across our Archive and Historic Photograph Collections here!

Our Archivist is available to assist with research year-round • 508 548-7270 • whhmarchives@gmail.com.

Make an appointment to visit us anytime!

One Falmouth Event

WHHM Boat Shop

The Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Boat Shop is a place where boat enthusiasts of all ages gather to restore, build, and talk about boats.

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Lobster Bake

We’re Cooking!

Call for Recipes

The Museum is compiling a new Woods Hole Cookbook and we’d love to include your favorite recipes! 

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In addition to the exhibits presented in our galleries and in our shops each year, the museum website presents several online exhibits.

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Gift Shop

Shop anytime day or night on our online store! You’ll find a variety of items ranging from books, clothing, glassware, bags, jewelry & more.

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SARAH BRYANT FAY – a Brief Biographical Sketch

The WHHM Dispatch newsletter is a way to stay connected with our members and friends while providing interesting historical insights about some of our lesser-known but fascinating holdings.





On your next visit to the museum be sure to visit the Small Boat Exhibit, 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.

Become a Member

The Woods Hole Historical Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and celebration of the area’s unique and colorful past and present. Your support helps the Museum to continue this work and to further our mission.

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