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Woods Hole Historical Museum

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Address: 579 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
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+1 508-548-7270

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Small but informative.

This is a small place but the staff are very knowledgeable. Bob, the 88 yr old Docent was fantastic, passionate and descriptive! Lots of info on the area's history!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
Athol, Massachusetts
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Athol, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

This is a small place but the staff are very knowledgeable. Bob, the 88 yr old Docent was fantastic, passionate and descriptive! Lots of info on the area's history!

Thank hawthornemare
Poughkeepsie, New York
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213 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The historical museum was a nice time. There were a few exhibits and a short video. Free but donations accepted.

Thank Noreen M
Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

The Woods Hole Historical Museum offers a 'scientific' walking tour of Woods Hole. Our guide, Brendan, was delightful and informative. Did you know that star fish can regrow their arms and that they have two stomachs? Clams are helping research cancer and squids are helping in Alzheimer's research. The tour is a fast paced walk through Woods Hole and would... More 

1 Thank corsha1
Chatham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Did you know that Woods Hole was a major whaling ship builder and port? Did you know that the major industry in the 1860s, employing over 600 men, was the processing of bird excrement that came to Woods Hole from the Pacific Ocean? Those and other stories can be found at this wonderful museum.

Thank NickersonFamily
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Woods Hole is better in warmer months. Only a couple of restaurants are open after mid-October. More fun to take a ferry to Martha's Vineyard.

Thank Rchard PB B
Kingston, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We found this gem of a museum online when searching for something 'new' to do in Woods Hole. There are several small buildings to see - the Bradley house with its changing exhibits, the Swift Barn with its small boats on display, and the Yale Workshop with 1800's artifacts. We missed seeing the 'world famous' Walsh Rambling Roses which bloom... More 

2 Thank RetiredTeacher2007
Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

The museum comes truly alive in the summer (avoid winter) Since it's basically managed bu passionate locals, they make this Tiny museum worth your visit. Some of the exhibits like the handmade row boats truly take you back in time. No fee is charged but a gratuity is suggested.

1 Thank Patricio B
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

Fun little attraction that has some interesting history and treasures from the past. The volunteer docents and very knowledgeable and entertaining - worth a stop in.

1 Thank Joe A
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

Smal local museum tracing history of Woods Hole. Didn't know the fertilizer history. Also has several ship models . Limited parking. Right next to the library.

Thank nabman11
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

Great rainy day stop. You don't need much time but this is a genuine gem. Run by people who are clearly passionate about the museum made this stop much more enjoyable. The model of Woods Hole is amazing. Be sure to ask to view Yale house, you do need a docent to let you in. The pictures of last winter... More 

Thank jandgtravel

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