historical walking tours

August 4, 2016 by Beth Colt

Through October 6, Tuesdays & Thursdays


Meet in Hallett Barn Visitors Center at the Museums on the Green, for a revealing guided stroll back through time. Explore Falmouth’s historic landmarks.  This leisurely stroll takes about 90 minutes. Weather permitting. 10 am

Guided Walking Tours of Woods Hole

July 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

Take a guided walking tour of Woods Hole Tuesdays in July & August, or take a self-guided tour using a guidebook available for purchase in our Museum Shop.  Virtual tours are also available on our website.


Rhododendron Festival

May 21, 2016 by Beth Colt


Thousands of world-famous rhododendrons in over 100 varieties and an explosion of color cover 100 acres with spectacular blooms at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich, MA.  Enjoy a peaceful walk surrounded by walls of flowers, learn more about Heritage’s storied rhododendron legacy, participate in activities with horticultural experts, and take one of these signature plants home with you from the special plant sale.

Falmouth Museums on the Green Spring Lecture Series

May 19, 2016 by Beth Colt

FALMOUTH MUSEUMS ON THE GREEN SPRING LECTURE SERIES: Reid Mitenbuler, “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey”

All lectures at the Museums on the Green’s Cultural Center, 55 Palmer Avenue For Full Program Descriptions, Go To

Falmouth Museums on the Green Spring Lecture Series

May 6, 2016 by Beth Colt

Falmouth Museums on the Green Spring Lecture Series: Joseph Williams, “Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster.”


All lectures at the Museums on the Green’s Cultural Center, 55 Palmer Avenue For Full Program Descriptions, Go To

Island Stories from the Museum

May 5, 2016 by Beth Colt

The Museum published Island Stories: Highlights from the MV Museum in June 2015, which includes fifty storied objects from the collection. Dive into the stories behind ten of these objects each month all winter long. This month, join Chief Curator Bonnie Stacy at the Edgartown Library, and learn about ten objects from the book.

Maypole Celebration at Highfield Hall

May 1, 2016 by Beth Colt

Maypole Celebration
A traditional maypole dance for children as well as family activities including an estate walk, art reception, crafts, games and garden activities. 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

Cut! Costume and the Cinema Exhibition

April 16, 2016 by Beth Colt

CUT! features 43 breathtaking period costumes worn by Hollywood’s biggest stars, and offers an in-depth look at how costumes help the actors we admire play their parts well. The exhibition tour is organized by Exhibits Development Group, USA in cooperation with Cosprop, LTD, London, England.

Visitors to CUT! will be transported to the high seas with the costume Johnny Depp wore as Jack Sparrow inPirates of the Caribbean. And they will move from fairy tale England (Angelica Huston, Ever After) to colonial Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to 18th-century England (Keira Knightley, The Duchess) and to 19th-century Paris – fantastic and opulent – (Emmy Rossum,The Phantom of the Opera). They will enjoy the escapades of the pair from 22B Baker Street – (Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes) and be transported to seedy Shanghai in the 1930s (Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, The White Countess) and to World War II Belarus (Daniel Craig, Defiance). More than 30 actors, including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Heath Ledger and Kate Winslet will be represented from some 25 films, all of which have been recognized in the trade and appreciated by the public for the quality of their costumes that evoke eras that have long since passed.

For more information, please visit heritagemuseums.orgor call (508) 888-3300.

History on Tap Presented by Heritage Museums & Gardens

March 30, 2016 by Beth Colt

Grab yourself a drink and enjoy some fascinating and fun conversation with Heritage Museums & Gardens curator Jennifer Madden, who will bring an interesting object from the museum’s collection to share. Check out a piece of the past that most museum visitors don’t have the opportunity to see, and join in the discussion! Participation is free and there are no reservations required. Food and drink purchases are each guest’s responsibility. Wednesday, March 30, 5-6pm – The Pilot House, 14 Gallo Road, Sandwich

Woods Hole Historical Museum: Model Boat Show

April 18, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Woods Hole Historical Museum’s biennial Model Boat Show will be held on Patriot’s Day Weekend, April 18 & 19. This will be the 10th biennial Model Boat Show, a festive and impressive way of marking the end of winter. The Show was started by sailors who love boats, but find April too early to work on a boat in the yard or to go sailing. But the model boats are just right to satisfy a craving for things nautical in the very early spring. These people come to the Show in droves to celebrate the art and craft of boats built on a small scale, and some are lucky enough to be offered a chance to sail one of the radio-controlled boats in Eel Pond.

This celebration of small ships is an opportunity to view exquisite workmanship. Some of the vessels are so small they can fit inside a light bulb, most are much larger, ranging from 12 in. to 12 ft. Most have fine detail. Some are stationary, exhibited inside; others go into the water. Some are powered only by the wind, yet steered by radio control.

The boats will be exhibited in seven buildings ashore, stretched from the Museum’s own building and down the length of Water Street, and in two locations on the water. One of these watery sites is a shallow pool created especially for this weekend, where children are invited to sail models they have built themselves. The other water site is in Eel Pond, where radio-controlled boats will be sailed and raced in easy view from the drawbridge. These events take place almost constantly through the two days of the Show.
Another very appealing feature of the Show is that many of the craftsmen stay onsite and are happy to talk with the public about their models. Some work on their projects during the Show and will explain their techniques. This year — for the first time — there will also be a Dockyard Sale. The sale will be an opportunity for modelers to sell gear they no longer need and to buy gear from other modelers.

Within the Show are a series of illustrated talks. This year they will include a professional modeler who specializes in restoring antique ship models, and a father and son modeling team whose company designs state-of-the-art sails for full sized sail boats, most famously the America’s Cup challenger from New Zealand. In their spare time, they delight in building scale replicas about 6 ft. long that they race in competitions in Connecticut. Also, an engineer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who designs and builds small remotely operated submersibles will talk about his work, marking parallels to model boats.

This is the tenth time the Museum has held this festive event, and it is rumored to be the last of a good run, so if you have been meaning to attend but have never gotten around to it, be sure to come this year. Tickets, which are good for both days, are $ 12 for adults, $ 5 for kids, or $25 maximum for nuclear families.

Anyone who builds model boats and who would like to exhibit at this festive event should either call the Museum at 508-548-7270 or email Anyone who has ever been tempted to attend should come this year to be sure to be part of this celebration of boats built on a small scale.

For more information, call the Museum at 508-548-7270.

JFK Hyannis Museum Opening Day

April 13, 2015 by Beth Colt

The Museum will open for the 2015 season Monday April 13th

April 13th – May 31st hours will be 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Visit the Woods Hole Historical Museum in summertime Cape Cod

July 11, 2014 by Beth Colt

Cape Cod summertime funThere are so many fun things to do in summertime on Cape Cod, but one of my favorites is a visit to the Woods Hole Historical Museum in Woods Hole, MA.  This small gem of a collection is housed in an adorable 18th century farmhouse draped with rambling roses and accompanied by an equally charming barn filled with old sailboats, models and memorabilia.

This season, there are two exhibits at the Woods Hole Museum — one on the history of businesses in the village and the other a series of life-like drawings of fish and sea creatures by James Prosek, a noted artist, author and naturalist.  His paintings are incredible, and made me think of a modernist Audubon.  See more on his work here.

I took a special interest in the “Businesses of Old Woods Hole” exhibit, as I recently gave a talk on being an entrepreneur in the village of Woods Hole so I am aware of some of the incredible leaders that have made this little village what it is today.  Lining the walls are biographical material and photos of small-town luminaries such as Elijah Swift, Walter Luscombe, Prince Crowell and others who built whaling ships, created the guano factory that once operated here, started the first banks and more.  It’s really interesting (and inspiring!) to think about the challenges they faced, especially as so much has changed since then.

There are a few exhibits that never change at the Woods Hole Historical Museum — the small boat museum is essentially an old barn lined with the hulls, models and detritus of small wooden sailboats.  There is a retired mirror dinghy (this class of boat developed in the 1930’s is still sailed on Saturday mornings at the Woods Hole Yacht Club), a Hereshoff or two and more.  Best of all is a moment in the cool shade of this quaint barn, looking out at the sunny Cape Cod weather just thinking about all the happy hours sailors spent on these vessels before they were retired to this perfect spot.

There is also a model of the village of Woods Hole, a brilliant creation of miniature houses, docks, ships capturing Woods Hole in the 1890’s.  It was made one winter by a crew of enterprising villagers, and it offers a birds eye perspective on the village that is well worth seeing.

When you come to Cape Cod in summer, don’t miss a visit to the Woods Hole Historical Museum located at 579 Woods Hole Road.   Check their website for access and hours which are significantly greater in the summertime.

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