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The Atwood Museum is Now Open
July 14 EDT
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely
The Atwood Museum is now open as part of Massachusetts Phase 3 Reopening. For health and safety reasons, we are requiring online advance reservations for all visitors, wearing masks and social distancing. We are following all state regulations including capacity control spacing throughout the Museum to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable visit. Please see our new website for information and tickets: chathamhistoricalsociety.org.
There are many new additions to the museum for the 2020 season! Join us to view the new Wetu/Wet8 built on the museum grounds by Wampanoag builder, David Weeden and his son. Several other new exhibits have debuted for the season., including The Turning Point: The Wampanoags and European Settlers, Remembering Our Heroes: The 75th Anniversary of WWII, and the 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
To show what was here long before colonists arrived, The Wampanoags Exhibit, is available for viewing. This exhibit sponsored by the Kemper Family Foundations details Wampanoag history in Chatham, including the recreated Wetu, a traditional Wampanoag dwelling, diagrams showing important places to the Wampanoag community and historic timelines.
The European Settlers portion of the exhibit shows the different facets of the Mayflower experience. Come and learn about what caused the crew of the Mayflower to turn around off Chatham’s shore and head back around the Cape to Provincetown instead of continuing south to the Hudson River; get to know some of the Mayflower passenger’s and their life stories in our audio component; see what kinds of medical practices were used onboard the ship and much more.
The second new exhibit for 2020 at the Atwood Museum is Remembering Our Heroes: the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Durand Room has been transformed into a special exhibit that takes the visitor on an audio and visual experience. Relive one of the most important times in world history as the Atwood Museum brings to life the significant battles, leaders and women that helped America win the war. Don’t miss some of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous speeches through the backdrop of his fireside chats and the world-famous painting of FDR by local artist Alice Stallknecht. Also learn about the role that Chatham played in the war, including the story of two young boys who discovered a Nazi spy hideout on Morris Island.
In the Old Atwood House, The 100th Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement honors the sixteen women from Chatham who were pioneers in registering to vote in the federal election. Information about this special moment in time is on display in the Music Room.
Many favorite exhibits have also returned, such as the Double Take exhibit, the Lifesaving and Pendleton Rescue exhibit, the Joseph C. Lincoln Room, the Old Atwood House, and much more! The Museum Gift Shop is open for shopping and is available online as well. The grounds are ready for walking and exploring with the lavender in bloom and the Fresnel Lighthouse Lens shining.
Make sure to visit our website at chathamhistoricalsociety.org to book your reservation.
Admission to the Museum is free for members, $10 for adults, $5 for ages 8-17, children 7 and under are free.
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Atwood House & Museum, located on Cape Cod in Chatham, MA, is the home of the Chatham Historical Society, Inc. a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in 1926.