The Museum building in the late 19th century, looking east.

The Museum building in the late 19th century, looking east.

The Museum building in the early 20th century, viewed from the south side of the street.

The Museum building in the early 20th century, viewed from the south side of the street.

Our Mission

The Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the material culture and historical record of the Town of Wellfleet and provides a library and archives to facilitate research, education and outreach to the community.

Our Vision

The Wellfleet Historical Society and Museum will be a living history center for the celebration, preservation and narration of Wellfleet's people and their rich eclectic cultural heritage.

OUR HISTORY

Organized in 1951, WHSM collects and exhibits the material culture and historical record of the Town of Wellfleet and provides a library and archives to facilitate research, education and outreach to the community. WHSM's collection includes more than 2,000 objects and 1,200 photographs, along with many paper items such as maps and documents. Included are maritime artifacts and records from Wellfleet's important history as a seafaring community. Occupying a prominent site on Wellfleet's Main Street since 1952, WHSM is recognized by residents and visitors alike as a significant part of the town's heritage. It is the principal institution dedicated to preserving the cultural, social and economic history of this remarkable area.