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Atwood House & Museum

347 Stage Harbor Rd, Chatham, MA 02633-2229
+1 508-945-2493
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Better than expected!

We went thinking we'd be there for about an hour, maybe! We left 3 hours later-We took a tour, but... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
emalexander53
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Topsfield, Massachusetts
Finally saw it

I've been coming to Chatham for 20 years and finally got it together to see the Atwood House. Very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gunny H
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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 02633-2229
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

1  Thank emalexander53
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

1  Thank Mary K
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

1  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

Reviewed 6 July 2017

I visited in late June with my young nieces and mother. All of us greatly enjoyed it. The property is both historic house and museum – leave adequate time to appreciate both, and be sure to check the hours online since they are relatively limited...More

1  Thank ekf2017
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2017

Thank you for your detailed and kind review. You made a good point about our schedule which varies. While we are trying to be open more often in the shoulder season, we rely on volunteers to manage the Museum. Now through August we are open...More

Reviewed 17 June 2017

I love historical homes, so Atwood House & Museum was a place i wanted to see. I expected to see the Atwood House, but I hadn't researched to see what else was there. I was amazed to see the murals by Alice Stallknecht and was...More

1  Thank Lynn D
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2017

Thank you Lynn. We're so glad that you were able to spend time with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. We try to provide tours throughout the Museum on a regular basis and are fortunate to have a great group of volunteers to provide them. Our...More

Reviewed 12 June 2017

My companion is a descendant of the Atwoods of Cape Cod, so this was a must visit. At first you might be put off by the admission price and the impression that this is just another old house on the Cape. The first clue that...More

5  Thank StarWeez
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thank you for your enthusiastic and thorough review of our Museum. We do surprise our visitors when they realize that we have one of the largest museums on Cape Cod with eleven galleries. We are delighted that you took the time to describe some of...More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

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...More

3  Thank ITRT
ChathamMass, Executive Director at Atwood House & Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 April 2017

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...More

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...More

1  Thank 4myviewtoo
Reviewed 15 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...More

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