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Discover Cape Cod's captivating history, art, and culture
at the Chatham Historical Society's expanded and upgraded
Atwood House & Museum.

The Museum Exhibits will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 21-22 in preparation for Saturday's Evening to Remember Event.
Normal Museum exhibit schedule resumes next Tuesday, July 25.

Coming Up Soon

July 22, Sat 4:30 PM
Evening to Remember
Location: Atwood House & Museum

Aug 5 & 6, Sat & Sun, 10am-2pm
Antique Sale of Museum Surplus Items
Location: Atwood House & Museum

Aug 20, Sun 3:30 PM
Annual Meeting of the Chatham Historical Society
Location: Eldredge Public Library

August 12, Sat 1-3 PM
Local Author Book Signing
Janet Daly: Chatham Through Time
Location: Atwood House & Museum

Events & Activities   Up Next:

July 22, Saturday, 4:30 pm
Evening to Remember
The Chatham Historical Society’s annual summer celebration offers an opportunity to join friends for cocktails and elegant hors d’oeuvres, bid on wonderful items in the live and silent auctions, and support the Atwood House & Museum and the Society’s work Bringing History to Life.

This year we honor Barry Clifford with the Bringing History to Life Award for his research and work on the Whydah.
A new auction item generously donated by the Orleans Historical Society. An outing for you and guests on the original Pendleton Rescue boat, the CG36500. The Orleans Historical Society owns this famous rescue boat, and our Museum has an exhibit describing the experience.

See details about the gala, and the auction catalog with all the auction items including further details about the CG36500 trip, on the Evening to Remember Page.

Event Details:
When: July 22, Saturday, 4:30 pm
Location: Atwood House & Museum
Admission: $75.00 per person
Reservations and tickets are now available. Please email with your number in party, name, address and telephone number.

August 5th & 6th, Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM - 2 PM

A rare opportunity for all to purchase duplicate, nonessential, and deaccessioned treasures from the Atwood House collection. Numerous antique items from deep within the storage recesses of the Museum will be offered!

This event will be held on the lawn of the Museum, 347 Stage Harbor Rd., Chatham, MA, on Saturday & Sunday, August 5th & 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Donations of quality antiques to be sold during this two day sale for the benefit of the Museum will also be gratefully accepted. Bring your donated items on the day of the event, or call in advance (508) 945-2493, or email information to
Event Details:
When: August 5th & 6th, Saturday & Sunday, 10am - 2pm
Location: Atwood House & Museum Lawn

New 2017 Summer Exhibits

Two new Special Exhibits are now on display at the Museum. For 2017 schedule information click here.

Chatham in the Military

As our Nation emerged into a United States, wars shaped not only the boundaries of territories but the spirit and culture of who we are today. Chatham, like many small early colonial towns in our country, lost many men who fought for "freedom and justice" through time. This exhibit focuses on some of our local heroes, their uniforms and military gear and how our community was impacted by the major wars.
This exhibit is proudly sponsored by The Kemper Family Foundations.

Windows Into Time - Clothing & Artifacts

Wander through the centuries exploring the development of clothing and other handmade goods in rural Northeast America. When Chatham grew from a sparsely populated farming and fishing community into a more affluent town hosting tourists from around the nation, fashion reflected the impact of increased wealth, education, transportation, and cross-cultural influences. Early settlers who had struggled to feed themselves and stay warm, were later replaced by industrious merchants selling local and imported goods, as our local community began to thrive over three centuries.
This exhibit is proudly sponsored by The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.

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The Atwood House & Museum is grateful for the support of

The Chatham Cultural Council,

The Chatham Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation,

Cape Cod Museum Trail
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