Small Boat Museum

A display of boats and marine artifacts used in the waters off Woods Hole over the past century.

The Small Boat Museum (formerly the Swift Barn) was built in 1877 by E. E. Swift for $80.71, labor and materials. It now houses the Small Boat Museum. 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.

Be sure to go around the far end of the Swift Barn to see the children’s inter-active exhibit, where kids can climb aboard the Cape Cod Knockabout Penguin and sail the Sound in their imaginations. People can try their hand at tying knots: the bowline and the clove hitch, and feel the Power of Pulleys.

Woods Hole Small Boat Museum
The Small Boat Museum

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