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“Homage to Cape Cod”

Atwood House & Museum
Ranked #11 of 48 things to do in Chatham
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step Back to Cape Cod of centuries past. Your journey begins with a tour of the historical dwelling built circa 1752 by Chatham sea captain Joseph Atwood, and occupied by his descendants for some five generations. Discover Cape Cod's captivating history, art, and culture at the Chatham Historical Society's expanded and upgraded Atwood House House Museum. In addition to the 18th century Atwood House at its core, Museum highlights include: The Joseph A. Nickerson, Jr. Portrait Gallery of Chatham-born local sea captains, painted by Frederick Wright. The Mural Barn, housing the nationally-renowned paintings of local residents by Alice Stallknecht Wright. The Fishing Gallery, dedicated to the history, personalities, and various techniques of Chatham's commercial fishing industry - the first of its kind. Special and multi-media exhibits on regional history, art, and culture. The Historic Tools and Industry Room, including a scale model of Chatham salt works, once a thriving Cape Cod industry in the early 1800's. The recently redecorated Durand Gallery, featuring the collections of the Durand family -- Sandwich threaded glass; Parian Ware; a prized collection of carved birds by A.E. Crowell; and seashells from around the world. The Joseph C. Lincoln Gallery containing manuscripts, first editions, illustrations and ephemera related to the Cape Cod author. The collection of the Chatham Historical Society includes approximately 3000 objects (paintings, decorative arts, maritime artifacts, etc.)--mainly American-made and mostly Chatham related. In addition, our archives contain about 2500 photographs, over 1600 books, and several thousand documents relating to the history of Chatham. These items have been (or are being) cataloged and are available to researchers either by visiting the Society or on the Internet.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This should be the first stop for anyone in Chatham, first timers or not. Great displays, even greater murals in a separate building, and of course the chance to relive the long and storied Chatham past.

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Reviewed 20 July 2014

This was one of the nicest old house tours I've been on -- partly because of the volunteer staff who were super friendly and knowledgable -- but also because there were so many parts to the museum that I hadn't been aware of. These include the the Mural Barn, which was made much more interesting by the tour guide who told us all about the stories behind the pictures, and the North Beach Camp (a rustic beach shack that was transported from a disappearing spit of land to the museum site). Altogether you get so many levels of Chatham/Cape Cod history at this one site. We thought we'd have a quick 30 minute stop and ended up spending over 2 hours there.

1  Thank EllieSing
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We read about this place on tripadvisor and decided to stop in for a quick visit. We stayed for three hours because in addition to some very interesting collections this museum has the most engaging docents I have ever encountered. They made each exhibit genuinely interesting and it was a pleasure to have the benefit of their knowledge and experience. We particularly enjoyed the old house, the fishing shack and the fishing exhibit.

3  Thank worcesterkate
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Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

This little gem is much more than an old house. One wing has the murals of Alice Stallknecht, who moved to Chatham in 1910. They are spectacular. Several other rooms are dedicated to the skills of F. Spaulding Dunbar who designed & built various boats in his own shop in Chatham. There is an exquisite collection of miniature duck decoys, a shell collection, Sandwich glass, & of course, the old house, a mansion in its time. Well worth the $6.00 admission!

4  Thank Calhu
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

They hurried us along and told us it would be impossible to read all the descriptions...so that we shouldn't bother. House looked very interesting but our tour guide ruined our experience.

3  Thank Dotherightthingg
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