Welcome to the Atwood Museum - Home of the Chatham Historical Society - Chatham, Cape Cod

Three New Exhibits Plus 11 More, Gift Shop, & Grounds

Three exhibits debut for the season include:

*** Main Street Cape Cod, a historic walk down the Cape Cod main streets we

*** Chatham Digs, a closer look at the findings from the archaeological dig that was conducted in 2017
at the Old Atwood House,

*** and The Flight of the NC-4, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first
transatlantic flight that made a historic stop in Chatham, MA.



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Drone Footage of the Atwood Museum

Main Street Cape Cod Exhibit Book Now Available

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Our history

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...

The mission of the Chatham Historical Society is to inform and educate present and future generations about the history and culture of Chatham and vicinity by collecting and preserving records of earlier generations and by exhibiting and interpreting art, artifacts, archives and places of historical interest.

"Bringing History to Life."