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Address: 579 Woods Hole Road, Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA 02543
Phone Number: (508) 548-7270
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Definitely worth a visit

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 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.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 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.

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Thank Rchard PB B
NYS
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 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 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 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.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 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.

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1 Thank Joe A
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 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.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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 

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Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Once a week, on Tuesday afternoons, they offer a one and half hour walking tour of Woods Hole which is definitely worth it. They also have interesting talks at the museum.

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Upstate Ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

A nice display was set up- it gave you a good idea of the history of the town of Woods Hole. There were also some restored boats out in the barn and in the workshop a boat was being restored. A nice 1/2 to 1 hour stop.

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Wallkill
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Off on a little side street one could easily overlook this small but interesting museum. There is an extensive history of the deep diving subs from the Woods Hole Institute and when we visited they had a very nice exhibit on the Titanic. Worth a stop if you are in the area. No fee but they request a donation.

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