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Chatham Historical Society - Atwood House Museum

347 Stage Harbor Road
Chatham, MA 02633

(508) 945-2493
Fax: (508) 945-1205

Bringing History to Life!

As stewards of the region’s history and culture, the Chatham Historical Society – located at the Atwood House Museum – strives to educate, inform and enlighten the public, and bring attention and enthusiasm to the Cape Cod community.

2012 is a special year in Chatham as the town celebrates its 300th birthday. In honor of this historical milestone, the Atwood House Museum presents the Summer of Centuries: a series of events, lectures and a stand alone exhibit to reconnect us with Chatham’s dynamic and diverse past through the eyes of the real people who lived here and made history. Highlights include “Living History” weekends featuring period reenactments of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, a special exhibit, Visions of Chatham Past, chronicling four personal stories during the same eras, and an expanded historical discussion series with guest speakers from the community.

Other special exhibits running in 2012 include Chatham to China: an interactive display exploring trade life in ports across the East. The hands-on “work stations” – including a Cantonese market, the interior of a ship, and the bow of the Clipper Ship Wild Rover – are fun for all ages. This year visitors will also experience The Raptor's Eye: The Natural World of Robert Verity Clem, commemorating the life and work of this important artist who died in 2010. A Chatham local for more than 60 years, many knew Bob Clem as a man who cared deeply about nature, but few knew about his art. His watercolors captured the undisturbed beauty of the natural world expertly through artistic vision, scientific precision, and Clem’s true passion as a painter of birds in their natural surroundings.

Other gems at the Atwood House Museum include the restored 1752 Old Atwood House, a robust archival center, an 18th century herb garden, Meneely bell chimes, the Nickerson North Beach camp, period furniture, tools, glass, china and art in the galleries, the Museum gift shop and a rare working lantern room from one of the historic Chatham twin lights.

For a complete calendar of events, please visit the Atwood House Museum website at

Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for students, children under 6 free. The Museum is open June 8th to mid-October. High season hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4.

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