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Atwood House & Museum

347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-2229
+1 508-945-2493
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Wonderful surprise - The Murals of Alice Stallknecht

I love historical homes, so Atwood House & Museum was a place i wanted to see. I expected to see... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lynn D
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Peoria, Illinois
More Than Meets The Eye

My companion is a descendant of the Atwoods of Cape Cod, so this was a must visit. At first you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
StarWeez
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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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347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-2229
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I love historical homes, so Atwood House & Museum was a place i wanted to see. I expected to see the Atwood House, but I hadn't researched to see what else was there. I was amazed to see the murals by Alice Stallknecht and was...More

Thank Lynn D
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Lynn. We're so glad that you were able to spend time with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. We try to provide tours throughout the Museum on a regular basis and are fortunate to have a great group of volunteers to provide them. Our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My companion is a descendant of the Atwoods of Cape Cod, so this was a must visit. At first you might be put off by the admission price and the impression that this is just another old house on the Cape. The first clue that...More

2  Thank StarWeez
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your enthusiastic and thorough review of our Museum. We do surprise our visitors when they realize that we have one of the largest museums on Cape Cod with eleven galleries. We are delighted that you took the time to describe some of...More

Reviewed April 19, 2017

Most of the places we visited on the Cape were not opened in mid-April. This was true for the Old Atwood House. However, we lucked out. While I was walking around the propter taking pictures through the window, the director noticed me and offered to...More

2  Thank ITRT
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2017

Hi again and thank you for taking the time to visit our Museum and to review our property. I wish I had enough time to show you the other 10 exhibits on our property but was delighted to have the opportunity to give you a...More

Reviewed November 6, 2016

From its size, I never would have thought that the Atwood House Museum held so much of interest, and therefore, I underestimated the time needed to properly see it all. I was there for just under 1 1/2 hours, and was rushed to leave because...More

Thank 4myviewtoo
Reviewed October 14, 2016

We had a great time visiting the museum and North Beach cottage on site. My kids range in age from 6-13 and and they all enjoyed themselves. We could have spent more time but it was closing. Plan to spend about 1.5-2 hours including a...More

Thank melfinn22
Reviewed October 8, 2016

We first were given an excellent tour of the historical house built around 1752 by Chatham sea captain Joseph Atwood. The guide was very knowledgeable and provided us with a lot of details about various items in the house. She brought us back to that...More

1  Thank Bob Q
Reviewed September 29, 2016

A great little museum, partially a sea captain's house and various period antiques and part local maritime museum. Docents were knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank Thomas E
Reviewed September 21, 2016

This History Museum has made incredible strides from year to year in developing exhibits that will attract young people (and up). Through a series of interactive exhibits - from monitors to climb in boats to legos -- the Museum has shown a willingness to engage...More

Thank Stuart G
Reviewed September 5, 2016

While staying in Chatham, we wanted to get a feel for the local community and history. The Attwood House Museum was the perfect place to become informed about the history of Chatham, its seafaring tradition and to see some very striking art work by Alice...More

Thank MoNoMo
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Thank you for your flattering and thorough review of our museum. We were delighted that you could visit us and hope that you will be able to come back next year to experience our newest exhibits. Often, people are not aware that we have 11...More

Reviewed August 26, 2016 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!More

Thank Steve B
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

We appreciate knowing that your nine year old also enjoyed the visit. We have started focusing on providing more interactive exhibits to involve a range of ages. Our scavenger hunt, bell ringing, Lego table, Pendleton Rescue boat cabin, and Q & A board are all...More

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