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Orleans Historical Society Museum

3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-3622
+1 508-240-1329
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Small museum but..

We went to a cemetery walk with Bonnie Snow here today. It was very enlightening and we learned... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Carol T
via mobile
Great little museun

If you are doing research on your old house, this museum has the Orleans Historic Inventory. There... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2017
Orleans, Massachusetts
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A Greek Revival structure that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly used as the Meeting House for the Universalist Church of Orleans, this building houses the Society's Museum and is used for special exhibits and programs. The Society has a collection covering genealogical information, diaries, deeds, 19th and 20th century photos, artwork by local artists, special collections focusing on Orleans families and individuals, ships' logs, Native American artifacts, and other items relating to the history of Orleans and its citizens.
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“local history” (2 reviews)
“rescue” (3 reviews)
3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-3622
+1 508-240-1329
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Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

We went to a cemetery walk with Bonnie Snow here today. It was very enlightening and we learned the history of many of the founding fathers of the area who are buried there. The museum is small but the people who work and volunteer there...More

Thank Carol T
Reviewed 23 February 2017

If you are doing research on your old house, this museum has the Orleans Historic Inventory. There are also many other exhibits to view and learn a little bit about Orleans history.

Thank annsinclair14
Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

It is a small meeting hall converted to museum located a few steps from center town. (Share same parking with police station) All exhibitions are on ground floor no more than 1200sq ft. Kids skinned through in less than 15 minutes but it peaked their...More

Thank Voyage_familial
Reviewed 26 September 2016

While attending the rehearsal for a wedding in Chatham, the family selected the Orleans Historical Society Museum as the location for the Rehearsal Dinner after the actual rehearsal preparations for the wedding. What a great idea not to go to a local restaurant but to...More

Thank Vanya189
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

The building itself has an interesting display concerning the Coast Guard vessel CG36500 involved in the rescue of 32 sailors from a wrecked tanker during a Nor'Easter in 1952. That such a small (36 foot) vessel braved the storm and returned to shore is remarkable,...More

2  Thank Jadamek390
Reviewed 15 October 2015

This museum is chock full of so many historical and interesting items. Everything you need to know about the area can be found here, along with guides who know stories and lore about the area.

2  Thank familymemory
Reviewed 31 July 2015

The Orleans Historical Society in Orleans, MA, is putting on a operetta written in 1908, complete with girls from Camp Quanset, local salty dogs, the Life Savers from the Orleans Station, an English Duke, and pirates. A cute slice of Americana, excellent music is provided...More

Thank TravelLightandHappy
Reviewed 15 October 2014

The Museum itself is a little off the beaten path in East Orleans, right across from the cemetery. It's worth a visit. There are regular exhibits and ones that change seasonally. The Society owns the CG36500 Coast Guard boat, soon to be featured in a...More

1  Thank CapeCodDiner
Reviewed 26 September 2014

i stop by every summer==they offer great evening programs w/speakers, slide shows, etc. they are also open mid-days in summer for viewing of their displays--this year lifesaving station at nauset beach late 1800's, and birdcarvers/decoys early 20th century. very interesting, especially if you are into...More

Thank capecodbob41545
Reviewed 23 August 2013

Little museum worth the brief visit. Kind volunteers have a wealth of information about every item on display. Special events look interesting but we weren't there while they were going on.

Thank Bfranz
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