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Welcome to the Osterville Historical Museum--home of the Crosby Boats! 
We are dedicated to preserving the history of the village of Osterville. Located near the charming seaside, the Museum complex sits on lovely grounds which are highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and a 19th century ornamental garden. The Museum's permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics, and a dozen full-sized wooden boats. The two-acre campus sits on a quiet street--a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch or a cup of coffee with free WiFi on a sunny day.
Osterville Farmers' Market every Friday,
June 23 through Sept. 15 @ The Museum!
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



2017 Annual Appeal
Just one of the Vernon Coleman murals capturing the essence of Cape Cod in the 1930s.
The Museum is open Thursdays through Saturdays
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Osterville Farmers' Market every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Special events and group tours year round.

"Vernon Coleman: The Lost Murals
Vernon Coleman (1898-1978) was an art teacher at the Osterville Bay School and Barnstable High School for over 25 years. He was also a WPA artist and painted beautiful seascapes of Cape Cod during the 1920s and beyond. Last year, seven murals were discovered behind a false wall in a Hyannis restaurant. They were donated to the museum by the property owner, restored by the museum, and now are on display for all to enjoy. Coleman spent hours studying the water and waves with his young son to, in his words, "simply get it right." The murals represent snapshots in time capturing the essence of Cape Cod's nautical landscape.

"WWII: Osterville Remembers"  
On the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, we present oral histories and items from our archives to set the scene of this turning point in American history. Did you know that the Crosby Boat Yard was instrumental in the preparations for D-Day? Learn more as we honor Osterville's heroes.

"Sail Into History"  
Tour our newly redesigned exhibit on The Wianno Senior. Learn how these magnificent Crosby boats--gracing the waters of Nantucket Sound for over a century--are made. Thanks to a generous grant from the Horizon Foundation.



E-mail or call 508.428.5861 for more info.

 
   
Photo Above: Sandwich Amethyst Glass Footed Tulip-Form Vase, one of a pair, 19th century. Photo Courtesy of: Jim Richman Photography and Camilla Richman, Fine Arts, Osterville.