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Address: 347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-2229
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+1 508-945-2493
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Tue - Sat 13:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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A Special Tour

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... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 give my husband and I a brief tour of the home. We are eternally grateful... More 

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

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 brief overview and tour of the Old House. Our new exhibits and entire Museum is... More 

Reading, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 November 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 of other plans I had made. Upon entering, I was given a map of the... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 October 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 tour of the home and the relocated North Beach cottage. Terrific staff, great art, and... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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Reviewed 8 October 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 period of time. The gallery displaying the painted sea captains of Chatham was also very... More 

Thank Bob Q
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Reviewed 29 September 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
Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 September 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 visitors and give a new view of history. It remains a significant curator of Chatham... More 

Thank Stuart G
Great Salt Lake Country
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Reviewed 5 September 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 Stallknecht. We were ushered into the art gallery, which is dedicated to the paintings that... More 

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

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 galleries and provide enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents. Thank you for spreading the word! Come again... More 

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Reviewed 26 August 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!

Thank Steve B
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this review

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 very popular. Now we are also adding more technology. Thank you for your feedback. More 

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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Everyone has heard of Norman Rockwell and his portraits of the people of Stockbridge Ma.but here in Chatham at the Atwood Museum is a room dedicated to the portraits of the residents of Chatham by Alice Stallknecht from the 1930's that have as much psychological heft as the most contemporary expressionist painters - and few have ever heard of her!... More 

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

We completely agree with you and plan to do more in the future to let the public know about the Alice Stallknecht collection. It is truly a magnificent collection that needs to be experienced. We appreciate your help in getting the word out. Thank you! More 

Charlton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is a terrific little museum, chronicling the maritime and cultural history of Chatham, MA. Some of the highlights were the original Chatham lighthouse lens, the Alice Stallknecht mural collection, the North Beach camp, the Old House tour, and the Pendleton rescue exhibit. I enjoyed every minute of my visit, especially talking to the knowledgeable docents. I strongly recommend allowing... More 

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

Thank you for your valuable feedback. We will be sure to let our docents know about your kind remarks. Our team of enthusiastic volunteers enjoy sharing their knowledge about our vast collection of over 25,000 objects and documents. Many people are surprised that we have 11 galleries and offer a variety of exhibits. We appreciate your highlighting that we have... More 

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