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Atwood Museum, Chatham

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Must see · Art Museum · History Museum
In 1923, a group of citizens founded the Chatham Historical Society to preserve the history of Chatham; one of Cape Cod's earliest fishing villages. In fact, Samuel Champlain made landfall in Chatham in 1606! There is a stone marker commemorating this event near Stage Harbor. The Society's headquarters is the Atwood House& Museum complex - featuring the historic home owned by Captain Joseph Atwood which was built in 1752. The institution also features a comprehensive archives & research facility, A China trade gallery, A Chatham fishing gallery, The Stallknecht Mural Barn, The Joseph C. Lincoln gallery, and much more.
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  • Well worth the visit - much broader scope than you would imagine. Especially enjoyed the tour of the house itself and, separately, the Mural Barn and the exhibit of photographs (“Second Take”?).  more »
  • This House and Museum are gems. The docent-led house tour offered fascinating insights into 18th and 19th century life on the Cape and displayed many intriguing displays. And the museum exhibits...  more »
  • Beautiful historic home! So many interesting things about the people who owned it and the surrounding area! Tour guides are very nice and informative. So amazing to hear the stories and see how they lived! Will definitely come back to see this place. Well worth the trip!
  • What a surprise! If you love history this destination is a must. However, I don't want to build it up too much, this is a simple old house, with a small museum attached. You MUST get the guided tour, the tour guide have such insight into the lives of those living in the early 19th century. I highly recommend it for history lovers. This place is not stuff either, they got the kids in the tour involved. I enjoyed the history lesson thoroughly.
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