Woods Hole Coloring Pages

We’ve taken some of our most iconic images and converted them into coloring pages for kids and adults alike!

Download your favorites from below, add color (and more detail if you want) and email us an image of your colored pages to share on our Facebook page. Happy coloring!


Become a Member

Welcome to the Woods Hole Historical Museum Family!

Becoming a member of the Woods Hole Historical Museum makes good sense if you are a full time or part time resident, a visitor, or a former resident who is interested in the unique and fascinating past and present cultures of Woods Hole and the surrounding region. We are a small, not-for-profit history museum offering an ever-changing menu of diverse exhibits and events designed to inform and celebrate our local and neighboring communities.

The Membership Year is from July 1 to June 30.

Membership Levels:
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.

There are three easy ways to become a member:

1. Send a check (made out to Woods Hole Historical Museum) to:
Woods Hole Historical Museum
P.O. Box 185
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Please include both winter and summer addresses if appropriate and provide an email address.

2. Sign up safely and securely by credit card or PayPal

3. Stop in the Museum office during our business hours for a tour and to sign up.

If you have any questions about membership please email us at membership@woodsholemuseum.org.

To renew or update your current membership click here!

Thank you!

Special Fenway Insiders’ Tour to Benefit WHHM 2020 Season!

This event has been POSTPONED to a later date (tbd) due to coronavirus

WHHM Special Spring Fundraiser

Rob Blomberg at FenwayJoin WHHM for a fun Insiders’ Tour of Fenway Park with Fenway Tour Supervisor (and popular WHHM tour guide) Rob Blomberg.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 – POSTPONED, date tbd

Explore the home of all the favorite Red Sox Legends while Rob shares fun facts and insider’s knowledge about the unique history and evolution of America’s beloved Fenway. Bring your questions and cameras to what is sure to be a fascinating day of history, discovery, and photo ops! (Note: There is no game on May 12. The Red Sox will be in Atlanta playing the Braves.)

Here’s the day’s schedule:
9:00 AM, meet at Falmouth Mall parking lot and leave for Fenway on our comfy Cape Destinations motor coach
11:30 AM, see Rob at Fenway for our tour!
12:45 PM, have lunch on your own at a nearby renowned restaurant of your choice
2:30 PM, depart Fenway on our motor coach
4:30 PM, arrive at Falmouth Mall lot

$75 Members
$90 Non-Members
$100 Become a New Member PLUS Tour Special!

Proceeds benefit the Woods Hole Historical Museum’s 2020 season of programs, events, and exhibits.

Contact whhmdirector@gmail.com or call 508-548-7270 for questions. 

Thank you for supporting the Woods Hole Historical Museum!



Celebrating the Sea Around Us

Maureen Nolan from the steering committee will represent the museum at the “The Sea Around Us” event on September 15 celebrating the legacy of Rachel Carson, presented by Woods Hole Business Association and the Woods Hole Science Community. 

The festivities will kick off with kids’ activities at MBL Club and Waterfront Park at noon, followed by the Anything-But-a-Boat Race at 1 PM. After the race, the “Take Back the Beach Ball” village block party, hosted by Quicks Hole Taqueria and the Landfall, will feature free outdoor music by local bands. Luscombe Avenue will be pedestrian-friendly from 2 to 6 PM and closed to vehicular traffic for this event immediately following the race.

Nature Drawings by students of Julia S. Child

“Shell Study” by Susan Joslin is part of a new exhibit of nature drawings by students of Julia S. Child that will be on display at the  the museum until it closes October 12.

Ms. Child is a biological illustrator and her work has appeared in books, scientific journals and textbooks.  She has taught at the Children’s School of Science for many years. She also teaches a nature drawing class for adults, whose works are shown in this exhibit. Her students’ drawings are in colored pencil.

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Dock Yard Sales at the Model Boat Show

This year’s Model Boat Show will continue the tradition of offering consignment sales for the benefit of consignors and shoppers alike. Known as Dock Yard Sales, this is a nautical flea market, operating both days of the show (April 13 – 14) in the lower level of Woods Hole Community Hall.

Model of Herreshoff S Boat; the design is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019

For consignors, this is a great opportunity to sell any model boat-related items; for buyers, it offers the discovery of unexpected maritime gems.

Proceeds of Dock Yard Sales are split 50 – 50 with the museum so this is a nice way to support your museum and clear out your boat barn or house. Over 80 percent of consigned items sold during past Model Boat Shows! 

Consigning at Dock Yard Sales is open to anyone—exhibitors, museum members, and non-museum members. We hope you and your friends will take advantage of this opportunity to consign (or donate) nautical items you no longer need. Examples of consigned items from past years include model boat kits, display models (whole or half), e.g., Herreshoff Buzzards Bay Boys Boat, Dark Harbor 17, Grand Banks Dory, Bluenose II, Boothbay Lobster Boat, HMS Beagle, how-to books, display cases, radio controls, and more.

Prospective consignors should contact Kathy Cooper with questions and/or to advance-register items to be consigned. This will streamline the process. Consignors should plan to drop off their items at the Woods Hole Community Hall on Friday afternoon, April 12th from 3 – 5 pm and reclaim any unsold items at the end of the show on Sunday afternoon. 

For more information:
Kathy Cooper kathycooper61@comcast.net
Home: (508) 548-5036
Cell:    (617) 371-6639

2019 Woods Hole Model Boat Show Sponsors

The Woods Hole Historical Museum is grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Model Boat Show:









Martha’s Vineyard Saving Bank
My Generation Energy
Quicks Hole Tavern
W. S. Shultz, Co.


Brian Switzer Video

Captain Kidd Restaurant

Coffee Obsession

Hamel Roofing

Michael B. McGrath and Karen M. Murphy

Woods Hole Market

Exploring the Photo Collection

Main page without selections
The image below shows the main page of the Photo Collection when there is no active search and no active selection.

To search for photos related to specific people, places, things, or topics, type a search term in the search box. The search includes all fields in the online photo database. In the example below, the word “railroad” has been entered in the Search box and images related to railroads appear. 

You can use the the Show dropdown menu to determine how many photos are displayed at one time. The image below shows the dropdown menu and the number of images that will be displayed — 10, 25, 50 or 100 .

Groups lets you load groups of photos at one time. That way if you’re looking for photos with numbers around 2600, for example, you can select the 2501-3000 group. Otherwise, you’d have to start at photo 1 and page a few at a time to get to 1501. Groups dropdown loads batches of 500 photos at a time. That’s not ideal — 500 photos are still a lot to go through — but, if you set Show to 100, you can move through a group of 500 fairly quickly.

The image immediately below shows the dropdown menu for the selection of Groups and the image below that shows that the Group 1501-2000 has been selected.


Although many photos in the collection are undated, for those that are it is possible to browse the collection by Decade. You can see the photos for the early 1800s and for any decade from 1840 to 2010 by using the Decade dropdown. The image below shows the dropdown menu for the selection of Decades. 

The Museum has several large collections of photographs, including the Baldwin Coolidge photos described in the Introduction, several collections from the MBL, and various family collections. You can see the photos in each of the larger collections at the Museum by using the Collections dropdown. The image below shows the Dropdown menu for Collections.

Making multiple selections
It is also possible to make multiple selections. In the image below, we have selected images from two Decades, one Collection, and one Group.

Ending a selection
To end a selection, click on the blue name of the selected Decade, Collection, or Group. The image shows that the Decade 1930s has been deselected and appears as strikethrough type.


Requesting more information or larger copies of the photos
The photos displayed are small version of larger files. If you’d like to see a larger version of a photo, contact the Museum Archivist, Susan Witzell at archives@woodsholemuseum.org. Let her know the file numbers of the images you’re interested in.

To return to the Historical Photos page, click here.