Chatham Historical Society - Atwood House Museum

Chatham Historical Society - Atwood House Museum
347 Stage Harbor Road
Chatham, MA 02633
Phone: (508) 945-2493

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 Atwood 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 Wight.

The Mural Barn, housing the nationally-renowned paintings of local residents by Alice Stallknecht Wight.

The Fishing Gallery, dedicated to the history, personalities, and various techniques of Chatham's commercial fishing industry.

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 Chatham Historical Society owns and operates the Atwood House Museum. The collection includes approximately 3,000 objects (paintings, decorative arts, maritime artifacts, etc.)--mainly American-made and mostly Chatham related. In addition, our archives contain about 2,500 photographs, over 1,600 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.

The Museum is Open: June - October and throughout the year for Special Events and Lecture Series.
Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for students, children under 6 free.
High season hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am - 4pm, and in September-October 1-4pm.
The Research Center and Library are open year around, Monday - Friday by appointment.

For a complete calendar of events and more information about the Atwood House Museum, please visit our website at


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