Woods Hole Historical Museum

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Address: 579 Woods Hole Rd, Woods Hole, MA 02543 , Woods Hole, MA 02543

Latitude/Longitude: 41.523431, -70.667804

Web site: click here

Phone: (508) 548-7270

Pricing: Free


The Woods Hole Historical Museum is located next to the library in Woods Hole village, offering exhibits and happenings all year long.  The summer is the best time to visit this lovely small museum which is focused on the history of life in Woods Hole, a small Cape Cod village by the sea.

Woods Hole has a long relationship with seafaring, as a location for ferries to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and as a place where many whaling ships were made.  The museum has a boat building shop as well as a barn filled with wonderful old wooden boats that is really fun for adults and kids to explore.

This year, the Woods Hole Museum has two exhibits up in its small exhibit room — one is a collection of marine drawings by an incredibly talented artist named James Prosek.  The other is the history of business in Woods Hole, from back to whaling times up to today.  The photos of the old shop keepers, sign makers, barbers, hotels and more are delightful and are accompanied with text about the history of the images that will occupy at least a half hour to read everything.

The Woods Hole Historic Museum is also an archive and on the second floor, archivists work to maintain and catalogue the incredible collection of photos, letters, documents and more.  If you are interested in something specific, you are encouraged to contact them directly and they will make things available to you for your review.

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