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Cottage Museum

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Address: 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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+1 508-693-7784

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Base Camp for the Famous Gingerbread Campground

Make this your first stop when visiting the world-famous Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread Campground in Oak Bluffs. A wonderful glimpse at 19th century life in this unique community... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2017
Ellicott City, Maryland
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

Make this your first stop when visiting the world-famous Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread Campground in Oak Bluffs. A wonderful glimpse at 19th century life in this unique community. The helpful staff will get you oriented.

Thank TerpsFan1985
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Cottage Museum is an authentic gingerbread home. Great local artifacts. From the old photographs to the furniture and clothes, you get an idea of 19th century Cottage City.

Thank Nomisnek
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67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Bring your camera so you can capture the unique cottages painted and decorated in such vivid colors with personal touches. They have been featured in jigsaw puzzles and other formats, but nothing compares with the actual buildings before you. I tried to imagine the lives of the inhabitants. Afterwards, you can go into the museum that will give you an... More 

Thank SpryWidow
Houston, Texas
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Pay $2 and you get an 8 minute history lesson about the property. The docent was enthusiastic and informed. After tour the museum, which is an original gingerbread house with many period artifacts inside, you walk around the property to see all the other homes. They are privately owned so it is really a stroll through a neighborhood. It is... More 

Thank Texas005
Alcala de Guadaira, Spain
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62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

We visited the museum on a rainy day while walking through the Camp of Gingerbread house cottages. Luckily, the woman who was working told us a lot about the camp and how it was first founded. Other than listening to her talk about the history, there isn't too much to see. It's nice if you are curious to explore the... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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81 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

As a teacher I definitely wanted to stop in the cottage museum but my friend was a bit skeptical but after our tour she was glad we did. The museum gives you a chance to see the inside of one of the adorable gingerbread houses which allows you to get an idea of the size and how the cottages they... More 

Thank Loretta E
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This is a small museum with lots of small artifacts, clothes, tools, letters and photo's. There is a docent on hand to provide both oral and printed information to the guests. This is a great way to support the local area and learn about the historic cottages and how they came to be.

Thank Diane D
Lebanon, Connecticut
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 September 2016

there are sooo many houses to stroll by and marvel at...everyone has a different décor and you can see some ongoing restorations.

Thank zilnottap
Franklin, Tennessee
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1,283 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The Cottage Museum is an excellent stop as you walk through the area where the ginger bread houses are located. Great history lesson!

Thank Houston N
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Very friendly tour host, and interesting gift shop. Tour host was a life long resident, had an enormous amount of info about the camp and a genuine love for it, while also remaining refreshingly honest about what it's like to have lived (and currently live!) there.

Thank Ethan S

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