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Atwood House & Museum
Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Chatham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Exhibit hours and days vary throughout the year. For details see our website. 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 4000 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. Archives and research departments are open year around by appointment.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 28 June 2018

A great place to learn about the history of Chatham and Cape Cod. So many interesting exhibits and things to discover. Everyone that works there is very knowledgeable and friendly. The Atwood House and the Beach Shack were fascinating. Give yourself time to explore because there are several exhibits you will want to visit. We will definitely be back next year to bring other family members.

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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Beautiful displays with accompanying information. We had an excellent docent who directed our tour through the museum.
You come away with an understanding of how the early residents of Chatham lived their lives.
I found the Atwood House murals by Alice Stallknecht especially enjoyable.

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ChathamMass, General Manager at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope that you will visit us again soon.

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

Beach shack is great. They have wonderful programs, a well curated collection. And a fantastic gift shop with great books on Cape cod. It is small. But fun! Nice building.

Thank bancroft86
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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you for your positive review. We truly appreciate it! Yes, come back for our monthly lectures and special events in the Winter months and exhibits in the Summer and Fall. We will even open up our gift shop, offer private group tours, and provide resources for research when our exhibits are closed. Just ring the doorbell in the off peak period, call, email us, or visit our website for more info. Thanks again, Danielle - Executive Director

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

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 Chatham.

Thank RiverCrow
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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

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
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ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

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.

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