Galleries open to the public June 18!

The Woods Hole Historical Museum (WHHM) has 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.

Our Archivist is available to assist with research • 508 548-7270 •

Save the Date!

We open for the season June 18th, 11AM – 3 PM.

Did you miss our April virtual Model Boat Show?  Watch the video of the Zoom here.


Walking Tours: Tuesday 10am

Learn about the history and culture of Woods Hole with our tour guide Rob Blomberg in an actual walking tour of the village. Reservations are required.


Galleries open June to early-October

In addition to the exhibits presented in our galleries and in our shops each year, the museum website presents several online exhibits.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop Hours: to be announced

Come browse our gift shop or shop anytime day or night on our online store! You’ll find a variety of items ranging from books, clothing, glassware, bags, jewelry & more.


The WHHM Dispatch newsletter is a way to stay connected with our members and friends while providing interesting historical insights about some of our lesser-known but fascinating holdings.


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.

Become a Member

The Woods Hole Historical Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and celebration of the area’s unique and colorful past and present. Your support helps the Museum to continue this work and to further our mission.