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Address: 347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633
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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Excellent docents. Art installation is amazing. Great insight into history and lifestyle of the village. Open Tuesday they Saturday. Closes at 4.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 

Montreal, Canada
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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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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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 

Boston, Massachusetts
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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 

Rockford, Illinois
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

on a rainy day on the cape we happened to drive by this museum and decided to stop in.. the fresnl beacon outside whetted our appetites for what was inside.. a volunteer stopped by to greet us and then told us all about the bells which were displayed outside (including fact that they were on top of his highschool but... More 

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

Thank you for your kind comments. Our docents thoroughly enjoy providing tours and sharing their knowledge of local history with you. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Having passed by this museum for so many years in our trips to Chatham, Hubby and I finally went this August, and LOVED it. It is deceptively large, with so many fascinating exhibits. There is much more to this museum than the preserved home (which is, in and of itself, an incredibly interesting bit of history). Be sure to check... More 

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ChathamMass, General Manager at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind and thorough review of our museum. We are fortunate to have 120 enthusiastic volunteers dedicated to preserving and highlighting Chatham's history. We hope that you will visit us again during our special Fall and Winter Events or next Summer. Danielle Jeanloz - Executive Director More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Art, maritime history, local fishing history and information, local historic author, painters, sea captains--these are some of the highlights of the Atwood Museum. It can be visited in short amount of time or for an afternoon. Although it is part of the Historical Society, the art in this museum could qualify it to be called just that--an art museum. For... More 

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ChathamMass, General Manager at Atwood House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! Since you are from the Boston area, we hope that you can come and join us for our monthly Fall Sunday Lecture Series on September 13, October 18, and November 8. Additional information is available on our website. More 

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