Welcome to the Woods Hole Historical Museum

Make an appointment to visit us anytime!

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.

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

One Falmouth Event

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We are working on our 2022-23 Events lineup, which includes more diverse Conversations with local historians, artists, educators and researchers. Details coming soon.

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Tours

Walking Tours

Learn about the history and culture of Woods Hole.

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Exhibits

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.

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THE SMALL BOAT MUSEUM

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.

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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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