Welcome

Thank you for another great summer season at the Museum! We are grateful to our members for their ongoing support during this Covid-challenged era. Our outdoor exhibits and gift shop drew plenty of visitors, and kept our interns and volunteers busy! We were thrilled to offer a new online Gift Shop, fascinating virtual conversations, and a fun trivia night with Rob Blomberg. 

Though the Museum is now closed for the season, we’ll continue to update our website with more news and virtual events, and, as always, our Archivist is available to assist with research (508 548-7270/whhmarchives@gmail.com). 

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Walking Tours of Historic Woods Hole
Learn about the history and culture of Woods Hole with our tour guide Rob Blomberg in an actual walking tour of the village each Tuesday at 10 AM, through September 29. (Reservations required: whhmdirector@gmail.com.)


Take more virtual tours of Woods Hole here.

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The Woods Hole Historical Museum is a lively small museum with 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.

The 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.
Other small boats on the campus include two more Cape Cod Knockabouts and two Beetle Cat boats.

“From the Archives” Article Shares Stories from the Oral History Collection

Since 2006 the Museum’s newsletter Mainsheet has included extended articles that look at interesting aspects of Woods Hole history or feature research that has been done in the Museum Archives. Articles include stories about Woods Hole’s first yachtsman, the hurricane of 1938, the history of the Fishmonger restaurant, and more. You can find the series here on the website under the Museum Archives tab, or, to see a list of articles rescued “From the Archives”, click here. To read some stories from the Oral History Collection, click here.

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