Atwood Museum Now Open

Tuesdays – Saturdays 

The Atwood Museum, home of the Chatham Historical Society is now open for the 2021 season.

Tuesday-Saturdays 10am-4pm now through Columbus Day Weekend 2021


Most of the exhibits and the gift store will be open during your 80-minute indoor visit. You can also enjoy the outdoor grounds at your leisure. Reservations are required, walk-ins are welcome when space is available.

In the Museum, experience ongoing exhibits including:

  • The Old Atwood House, a preserved sea captain’s house built in the 1750s by Joseph Atwood and his wife, Deborah Sears.
  • The Alice Stallknecht Murals displays Chatham townspeople painted in the early 30s and 40s.
  • Double Take, a then and now photography exhibit showing changes in our community over 100 years.
  • Main Street Cape Cod, back for its final year, highlights several main streets and iconic buildings from each town on Cape Cod during the early 1900s.
  • Rescue of the Pendleton tells the story of the daring Coast Guard rescue in 1952, and includes a Lifesaving exhibit.
  • The Antique Tool Room showing early salt works, cranberry sorting, and a restored sleigh from the Atwood Store.
  • The Joseph Lincoln Room honors one of the most prolific writers from Cape Cod, and other popular writers from Chatham.
  • The Fishing Gallery describes the importance of this industry to our region.

Missed out on visiting us last year? Our 2020 exhibits (with some new additions) are still on view including:

  • The Turning Point, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey to the New World and the significance of Chatham.
  • The Wampanoag exhibit describing the story of the original settlers in New England.
  • A Wetu (Wampanoag dwelling) built outdoors on our grounds by members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Remembering our Heroes honors the men and women who served during WWII, including a local story of two young heroes from Chatham.


The Atwood Museum, located at 347 Stage Harbor Road, has twelve spacious galleries featuring art, artifacts, maps, charts, and decorative arts portraying life on Cape Cod since the 17th century. This top-rated museum offers new exhibits every year, as well as many favorite returning exhibits. With fourteen different exhibits, there is something for everyone in your group to enjoy. Make sure to check out our website,, regularly for updates and subscribe to our free e-newsletter.