Clarion Inn Marthas Vineyard
227 Upper Main St.
Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: (508) 627-5161
Fax: (508) 627-3444
Arts & Museums
Experience three centuries of island life in this unique museum. The house was built in 1672 and is considered to be the oldest dwelling on Martha's Vineyard. With its wide floorboards built low to the ground and central chimney, it is a perfect example of classic full-Cape architecture. It was moved to its present location and restored in 1977. Several walls have been left open to demonstrate early colonial building techniques. Five rooms are furnished in the evolving styles of home decor; from the basic necessities of the first settlers to the more opulent Federal look from the 19th century. Call ahead for varying days of operation.
The Martha's Vineyard Museum and Historical Society is devoted to the history and culture of this small Massachusetts island. Visitors to this museum can trace back their ancestry through the Historical Society's extensive genealogical services. There are special exhibits, classes, seminars, workshops, movies and other intellectually stimulating events throughout the year.
In the 1800s, religious camps were popular on the island. As popularity increased, this open-air wrought iron structure was built, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the US. With seating for 3,000 people and exquisite woodworking and stained glass, it is truly a magnificent sight. In 1979, its centennial year, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tabernacle is used today for concerts, Sunday church services, community sing-alongs and special ceremonies.
A rustic, bright red barn is home to this popular gallery, representing a number of internationally recognized artists, including the famous photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, and Alfred Eisenstaedt. The gallery is known for its weekly Sunday afternoon receptions with featured artists in the courtyard sculpture garden. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the gallery offers antiques as well. Artwork may be ordered from the gallery's Web site but a visit to its ever-changing collection is recommended.
Founded in 1973, the Woods Hole Historical Museum is a not-for-profit organization aimed to showcase the cultural and artistic value of the region through its display of numerous exhibits. The museum opens every year in the middle of June and runs until the middle of October with a packed schedule of exhibits that would range from photographs of the region to display of artifacts conveying its artistic evolution. The archive collection of the museum comprises of more than 5,000 photographs of Quissett and Woods Hole in the middle of 19th Century as well as a unique collection of conversations of residents of the Woods Hole. These archived collections are found inside the Bradley House which is among the oldest structures in Woods Hole existing since 1803. Other than the archives, other permanent collections of the museum includes display of boats and maritime artifacts from the region inside the Swift Barn. A perfect place to revisit the history of the region, you can also take away some souvenirs from the museum shop. Call for more information.
Woods Hole Historical Collection or the Archives is an elaborate collection of documents, artifacts as well as a tapes and recorded conversation of residents of the local area. These are collected inside the rooms of the Bradley house and also comprises more than 500 photographs of Baldwin Coolidge Collection that depict the Woods Hole area from 1890 to 1910. The archives, galleries in Bradley house and other collection in the Swift Barn makes the Woods Hole Historical Museum a perfect place to understand the life and history of the people in Quissett and Woods Hole.
Ensconced in a tranquil quarter of Falmouth are two Victorian houses that comprise the Falmouth Museums On The Green. These 18th century edifice houses an impressive collection of colonial artifacts, exhibits, furniture, fine artworks, textiles and a number of other collections that take you to a different age. There's a rustic barn, a colonial garden, a herb garden and a Memorial park in the museum's premises that recreate a Victorian setting for its visitors. Apart from the regular exhibits, the museum also conducts walking tours and serves as an event space for concerts, parades and open houses. Check website to know more.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.
Located in the Upper Cape area of North Falmouth, this studio features the fine art oil paintings of Julia O'Malley-Keyes, internationally renowned and recognized as one of contemporary art's most collected painters. Visitors can commission your own paintings here simply by indicating a favorite view or spot you'd like immortalized. The artist also does hand-painted furniture and other accessories. O'Malley-Keyes' works hang in various galleries throughout the world. All viewings are by appointment only. Call between 8am-6pm daily.
The McDermott Glass Studio gives a look at the fine contemporary glass work done by David McDermott, Yukimi Matsumoto and Bryan Randa. They have created pieces for well known people like Pope John Paul II, Empress of Japan, Henry Kissinger and many more. Their pieces are displayed at Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Corning Museum of Glass which shows their natural talent in art. The gallery has a number of items like vases, bowls, stemware and solid ware. The experience of the Mcdermott Glass Studio Jam is not to be missed where world class glass artist come together to display their work.
For years the Kennedys have vacationed at their summer home in Hyannisport. While the compound is private, visitors to this museum get a glimpse of what this special place meant to the 35th president through video and photo displays. In them, John F. Kennedy is shown relaxing at the place he called "the one place I can think and be alone." A memorial to John F. Kennedy, Jr, who died in a plane crash in 1999, was recently added.
The Coffin family is one of the oldest on the island of Nantucket; you will notice the family name here and there as you find your way around. Their starting point is the Jethro Coffin House, the oldest house on Nantucket. It has stood since 1686, and stands still, waiting to reveal its secrets to you. As it is part of the Nantucket Historical Association, admission can be gained through the Association's History Ticket, which can be purchased at the Whaling Museum. Guided tours are available on the half hour. You can buy a separate ticket for the Coffin House or get a combination ticket for the Whaling Museum and the other historic sites around the island. Admission to the Jethro Coffin House: $6 adults, $3 under 18. Combination Ticket: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $8 under 18.