Due to public healthcare concerns, the Chatham Historical Society offices and exhibits will be temporarily closed for the remainder of March. Towards the end of this month, we will reevaluate the need to keep our offices closed.
POSTPONED: April 26 Lecture
Due to current public health concerns, our lecture scheduled for April 26, 2020 will be POSTPONED UNTIL A FUTURE DATE. The new date is still to be decided. Thank you for your understanding at this time!
14 Exhibits, Gift Shop, & Grounds
Featured Exhibit, Main Street Cape Cod, is a historic walk down the Cape Cod main streets we
A new overview video of our Museum where you can learn more about us in under two minutes is now available here.
Drone Footage of the Atwood Museum
About the Chatham Historical Society
The Chatham Historical Society was organized in 1923. Three years later, the society acquired the Atwood House – a gambrel-roofed house built in 1752. Except for the addition of essential electricity, the old Atwood House is unchanged from when it was built and is furnished throughout as it was during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Over the years, museum galleries have been added to the original structure without affecting its integrity. As a result of the major expansion and renovation to the museum completed in 2005, there are now eight galleries with permanent exhibits, plus a large special exhibit gallery that doubles as a meeting room seating up to 100 people.
On the grounds are the mid-20th century Nickerson North Beach Camp, the Chatham School Bells display, and the Chatham Light Display, featuring the lantern house from Chatham’s twin light with its original Fresnel lens, which flashes its beam whenever the museum is open.
The reception room of the museum houses a unique gift shop featuring tasteful gifts, books, and fashion accessories that relate to our collections. It is not necessary to pay admission to visit the shop. Read more...