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Atwood House & Museum

347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633
+1 508-945-2493
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A Gem in Chatham

We visited the Atwood House & Museum in September. It is an excellent museum providing a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RiverCrow
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St. Charles, MO
Good Olde Stuff

The views of Chatham's history was portrayed with various displays. Fishing, town life, world wars... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Pauline K
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Yorktown Heights, New York
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Atwood House & Museum in September. It is an excellent museum providing a comprehensive history of Chatham. We were particularly impressed with the art exhibit of Alice Stallkencht. The staff and tour guides were excellent. We highly recommend seeing this gem in...More

Thank RiverCrow
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for you feedback and enthusiastic endorsement. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The views of Chatham's history was portrayed with various displays. Fishing, town life, world wars are all included. Not to be missed.

Thank Pauline K
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting us and for taking the time to review us. We truly appreciate it. We do try to provide a variety of exhibits in our 11 exhibit rooms and galleries. We're glad that you enjoyed your time with us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Happened to be driving around Chatham on a rainy day and discovered this gem! Did not know what to expect but was very pleasantly surprised. Interesting and informative. It gives a wonderful history of Chatham. Especially loved seeing the Atwood House and how the family...More

1  Thank Carol B
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Yes, we enjoy offering entertainment and seem to get even more visitors on cold and rainy days. Our docents are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and providing a great experience for our visitors. The Atwood House which was build in the 1750's became a Museum...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

If you like history & want a taste of Chatham thru the years the Atwood House is the place to go. You'll be greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable, & energetic staff. The museum is laid out with plenty of displays of local art, the war...More

1  Thank Thomas K
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you. Our goal is to bring history to life by making it interesting for all ages. We appreciate your visit and your taking the time to review us.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

The Best! We went not expecting too much..we were so impressed. A must see.. Loved the Atwood House & the paintings of Alice Stallknecht. Kevin Wright was a great guide.More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

We're delighted that you are pleased with our Museum. Thank you also for recognizing Kevin Wright who enjoys offering tours and also serves as our Assistant Director. We are happy to provide knowledgeable docents whenever possible, as well as a free audio tour. We hope...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

We ended up spending 2+ hours here. The tour was fascinating for all of us - 70 year old, 40 somethings, 9 year old. The house is well preserved and tour guide detailed in her descriptions. But what took the cake is the historical society's...More

1  Thank Traveling_JenRI
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Thank you! It's great to know that three generations of your family were able to enjoy the Museum together. We look for ways to entertain, educate and inspire a broad range of visitors and appreciate getting your positive feedback.

Reviewed 13 August 2017

We went thinking we'd be there for about an hour, maybe! We left 3 hours later-We took a tour, but the "additional" tour guides who were in each room were unbelievably well versed in everything in them! Very interesting and I will go back!

2  Thank emalexander53
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

Great! Thank you for letting us know how much you valued our docents. They are inspired by you, our guests.

Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

I've been coming to Chatham for 20 years and finally got it together to see the Atwood House. Very nice little museum. The original house is wonderfully preserved and the additional historical information about Chatham is very interesting. Well worth a visit. Don't wait!!!

1  Thank Gunny H
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2017

We're glad that you have made it to our Museum. Because we are located a couple of blocks from downtown Chatham, it's easy to overlook us. Your kind review helps others find us. Thank you for spreading the word.

Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

There is a lot of local history packed in this charming museum. Spend about 21/2 hours touring the 1720 Captain Joesph Atwood House and other exhibits. The cost of admission, $10, included a guided tour of the house, which allows you to get a lot...More

2  Thank Mary K
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review the Atwood House & Museum. We appreciate your comments and your feedback. We currently allow photographs (without flash) in the museum and limited photos in the Stallknecht Collection/Mural Barn. We also encourage taking selfies, sharing photographs with...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

This museum is full of interesting things and knowledge about Cape and Chatham life in years past. Don't plan on an hour as you will spend two or three. Our docent tour was excellent; be sure to take the time for one. We and our...More

2  Thank Robert Y
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

We appreciate your great review. Thank you! Our docents are enthusiastic about offering tours in our various galleries and now we also have a free audio tour through Uniguide for two of our exhibits. We are delighted that you discovered our Museum and look forward...More

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