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Address: 347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-2229
Phone Number: 15089452493
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Tue - Sat 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Step Back to Cape Cod of centuries past. Your journey begins with a tour of...

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.

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A must visit if you love Chatham and the Cape

We had the best time yesterday with all our tour guides. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They answered all our questions as well as our nine year old. Great afternoon!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Steve B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the best time yesterday with all our tour guides. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They answered all our questions as well as our nine year old. Great afternoon!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everyone has heard of Norman Rockwell and his portraits of the people of Stockbridge Ma.but here in Chatham at the Atwood Museum is a room dedicated to the portraits of the residents of Chatham by Alice Stallknecht from the 1930's that have as much psychological heft as the most contemporary expressionist painters - and few have ever heard of her!... More 

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

We completely agree with you and plan to do more in the future to let the public know about the Alice Stallknecht collection. It is truly a magnificent collection that needs to be experienced. We appreciate your help in getting the word out. Thank you! More 

Charlton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a terrific little museum, chronicling the maritime and cultural history of Chatham, MA. Some of the highlights were the original Chatham lighthouse lens, the Alice Stallknecht mural collection, the North Beach camp, the Old House tour, and the Pendleton rescue exhibit. I enjoyed every minute of my visit, especially talking to the knowledgeable docents. I strongly recommend allowing... More 

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your valuable feedback. We will be sure to let our docents know about your kind remarks. Our team of enthusiastic volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge about our vast collection of over 25,000 objects and documents. Many people are surprised that we have 11 galleries and offer a variety of exhibits. We appreciate your highlighting that we have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Excellent docents. Art installation is amazing. Great insight into history and lifestyle of the village. Open Tuesday they Saturday. Closes at 4.

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback and kind words. We appreciate your enthusiastic endorsement and hope that you will visit us again soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We went there my husband a I on rainy day… The people that guide you in the museum are from Chatham and they love what they do!! Everybody there is friendly and I specially loved the woman in the barn with the paintings !! She is funny and does care about the artist and her work! BRAVO!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Far more than a local historical society, the Atwood House Museum brings history to life. Great docents, terrific exhibits. Fun for young and old, local and visitor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Though the house was closed for the season, they had an open day in late November and we had the great pleasure of visiting. This is a fantastic place - so much Cape history in one little house, everything from domestic life to life at sea. The recreated rooms are great. The staff were so friendly too. Walking down Stage... More 

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your enthusiastic feedback. While our regular museum exhibits are open to the public June - October, The Atwood House Museum offers special programs, tours, research facilities and events throughout the year. We were delighted with our turnout for Hearth Warming on Saturday and will be open on December 31, for First Night Chatham. We hope... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We went on a rainy day and had a great tour of the old house and enjoyed the entire museum. Very interesting.

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour of the Old House. Our docents take great pleasure in sharing stories about the past and describing early colonial life. More 

Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We arrived at the Atwood House Museum and found it had closed for the season the week before. We were so disappointed. A gentleman who was painting arranged for me to come in and buy a book I wanted. The lady at the cash register gave us a wonderful tour when she heard how disappointed we were. This museum is... More 

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

We are sorry that we could not open the museum exhibits for you that day. Thank you for your kind words. We will be open for a number of special events between now and next June. If you are back in our area, our website provides updates to our schedule including lectures, family-friendly holiday celebrations, group tours, and other events. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I spent about an hour one afternoon going through the Atwood Museum. It was well worth our time. We learned much about the history of Cape Cod and, especially, the town of Chatham in that hour. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The fact they were dressed in period attire was a plus. Definitely recommend.

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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed are museum and toured the Old House. You can easily spend 30-60 minutes on each of our tours which run throughout the season. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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