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Atwood House and Museum

Cape Cod is more than a destination for boating, dining on delicious food, and sunbathing. It also has quite a bit of fascinating history worth learning more about and several attractions dedicated to preserving and telling its storied past. One particular venue that showcases some of the region’s most interesting artifacts and exhibits is the Atwood House and Museum in Chatham. It’s likely that the popular seaside town is on your list of places to visit, if you aren’t already staying there, so you will want to make sure you add the museum to your itinerary.

Why the Atwood House and Museum is a Top Chatham Attraction

The Atwood House was constructed in the 1750s and acquired by the Chatham Historical Society in 1926. It remains furnished the same way it was during the 18th and 19th centuries and has been unaltered in its original design with the exception of adding electricity. Over time, eight museum galleries and a larger special exhibit gallery were built onto the home to protect items related to the history and culture of Chatham. The collection consists of furniture, nautical charts, paintings, costumes and textiles, photographs, china, and more.

Permanent exhibits include the Nickerson Portrait Gallery, the Fishing Gallery, the Tool Room, the Lighthouse Turret, the Durand Family Collection, the Joseph C. Lincoln Gallery, the murals of Alice Stallknecht, and the Spencer Y. Grey Maritime Gallery.  

The grounds of the Atwood House and Museum also feature the Chatham School Bells, the Chatham Light Display, an 18th century herb garden, and the Nickerson North Beach Camp. There is quite a bit to observe and explore, and tours of the house are available, so give yourself plenty of time to take it all in.

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347 Stage Harbor Rd.
Chatham, MA 02633

(508) 945-2493