Model Boat Show 2019

The 12th biennial Woods Hole Historical Museum’s Model Boat Show will be held on Patriot’s Day Weekend, April 13 and 14, 2019. 

Admission covers all exhibits and activities over the two days of the show. Admission prices are $15 for an adult; $5 for ages 12 to 17 and for uniformed military; free for children under age 12. 

See the MBS Schedule here.
See a map of Woods Hole MBS events here.
Register to be MBS exhibitor here.

This two-day celebration of small ships is an opportunity to view exquisite workmanship and meet model boat craftsmen from all over New England and beyond. Some of the vessels are so small they can fit inside a light bulb, most are much larger, ranging from 12 in. to 12 ft. Most have fine detail. Some are stationary, exhibited inside; others go into the water. Some are powered only by the wind, yet steered by radio control.

The centerpiece of the event is a village-wide array of model boat displays, featuring watercraft of every description: extravagant yachts, sturdy tugs, imposing military vessels, elegant steam-powered boats and everything in between. There is also a lot of fun to be had outside, as the boat show features radio-controlled model boats racing on the harbor, plus model boat kits that kids can assemble and then launch in a kids’ pool. There is truly something for everyone!

Scheduled talks include:

  • Historical Milestones in Model Yachting
    Saturday, 11 AM-noon, John Stoudt, “Little Boat Builder” (PA) and president of the US Vintage Model Yacht Group
    — On the sport/hobby of model yachting over the years, since 1851: Various key venues, skippers, boats, techniques, developments and processes.

  • Designing a Model of the Down Easter, William H. Conner
    Saturday 1-2 PM, Rob Napier, restorer and researcher of historic vessels for museums including Boston MFA
    — On interpreting research materials and the thoughts and processes encountered in designing a model of the William H. Conner, a full-rigged merchant sailing ship, Maine-built in 1877. 

  • “Saint Columba’s Curragh: The challenge of modeling a leather boat”
    Sunday 11 AM-noon, James Norton, professor (Maine, retired) and maker of small, historic open boat models
    — On the challenges of making a 1/24 scale model of the 36-foot leather-covered curragh used by Saint Columba and his monks to travel in exile from Northern Ireland to the island of Iona in Scotland in 563 AD.

  • “New Underwater Vehicles developed in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s Deep Submergence Lab”
    Sunday, 1-2 PM, Molly Curran, mechanical engineer in the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Consignment With Dockyard Sales at the Model Boat Show
“Dock Yard Sales” is the Model Boat Show’s nautical flea market, operating on a consignment basis during the two days of the show. For consignors, it is a great opportunity to sell your marine overflow items (in good condition, please).
More information here.

For more information about the Model Boat Show, call 508-548-7270 or email

The Woods Hole Historical Museum and The 2019 Model Boat Show are grateful to our community sponsors.

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