The Martha's Vineyard Museum and Historical Society is devoted to the history and culture of this small Massachusetts island. Explore the island's fascinating past and learn about the people who lived here. The historical society first came together in 1922. Today, the museum and society are housed in historical buildings that are wonderful to walk through. Visitors to this museum can trace back their ancestry through the Historical Society's extensive genealogical services. There are special exhibits, classes, seminars, workshops, and movies hosted here throughout the year.
The Plymouth colony, which lasted from 1620-1692, is firmly embedded in the collective imagination as one of the major chapters in the historic story of the United States. This museum reveals some of the earliest pages in that story, through artifacts both famous (William Bradford's Bible) and humble (household artifacts). It also acknowledges the other and often overlooked, characters in the story: the native Americans who had settled these shores many centuries before Europeans came sailing in on the Mayflower. A gift shop carries reproductions of many of the museum's artifacts.
This living museum recreates Plymouth as it was in 1627, and does a great job at separating fact from the enduring (and completely inaccurate) legend of the First Thanksgiving. Historians and curators have paid great attention to detail, from the street plans to furniture, tools, and cooking equipment. Specially bred 17th-century livestock occupies the barns and pastures, and trained reenactors and artisans demonstrate how life was lived among the Pilgrims. In addition to information on the European colonists, visitors can find information on the Native American population at Hobbamock's Homesite. Hobbamock, a Wampanoag Indian, lived with his family in Plymouth from 1621-1641, as part of a peace treaty agreement. The plantation is open seasonally.
Jenney Museum is set in a 1749 house and is a wonderful spot to get a glimpse of the city's Pilgrim history and its advancement. It features two rooms and a gift shop. You will find pictures, maps and archived documents that are really delightful and educational. They also do tours in the area. Jenney Museum is run by Leo Martin and his wife.
The Sandwich Glass Museum makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary. This museums houses a collection of unique glass ware and exhibits depicting the development of this art and industry. For more information on tours as well the museum itself, call ahead or visit their website.
Edward Gorey House is a memoir and a preservation of the works of, as the name suggests, the artist and writer Edward Gorey. The house belongs to the man himself and this is where he lived as well. On display at the house are sketches, unpublished works, paintings, ink drawings and much more; all of them works of Gorey. There are also original scripts of his famous works. A lot of the items are part of private collections and a number of them are singular pieces not available anywhere else. The house does focus on Gorey, but also showcases the works of Hillaire Belloc, Edward Lear, T.S. Eliot and others. The house is also involved with a number of animal activation events because of Gorey’s interest and love for animals. They are listed on the website, so do have a look. There is also a gift shop hat has the artists characters come to life as figurines, apparel, posters, jewelery and other goodies.
The West Barnstable station can easily date its history back to the 1900s. The artifacts and exhibits of this place take you back in time as the building still has maintained all the original woodwork and furniture from when it was constructed in 1911. Other features include railroad tools, switchstands and a small motor car which was used for repairs by the maintenance men of that time. The ticketing office still has maintained some of the original equipment from that era. Many events and festivals are organized here celebrating and supporting the railroad history.
Benjamin Nye Homestead was built in 1678 and served as the residence of Benjamin Nye. The house was initially built in the shape of a saltbox and later renovated into a two storied structure in the 18th century. It is one of the oldest standing houses in the region and has on display 18th century furnishings and artifacts from the Victorian and Colonial period. They also have on display the entire genealogy of the Nye family and the building was registered under the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
Located within a Georgian house that was built in 1775, Cahoon Museum of American Art was established in 1984, primarily showcasing the works of Ralph and Martha Cahoon who were two of the most accomplished artists to hail from Massachusetts during the 19th-century. They regularly host exhibitions, boasting their collections that include creations made by artists such as William Mathew Prior, Alvan Fisher, James Buttersworth, and Levi Wells Prentice to name a few.
United States Customshouse, also known as the Donald G. Trayser Memorial Museum and the Coast Guard Museum is a heritage museum housed within a historic building that was built in 1855 by renowned 19th-century architect Ammi Burnham Young. The structure functioned as a customs duty house and a post office till 1958, by which it had been converted into a museum. Guided tours of the entire building are permitted.
The Captain Bangs Hallet House Musuem has been established so that people can witness the 19th-century lifestyle of sea captain, Captain Bangs Hallet. The historic house encompasses the study, the dining room, the parlors and the bedrooms which have been retained in such a way to make you feel a part of the family. Besides, one can also admire the artifacts and displayed items associated with the Civil War and with the rich Yarmouth history. For details, do visit their website.