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Orleans Historical Society Museum

3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-3622
+1 508-240-1329
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Lots of historical records from Orleans MA

Trying to enlarge space by buying a new building. One of their main attractions is the Coast Guard... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
capec0dtraveler
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Orleans, Massachusetts
A small gem that made us feel welcome

It's a small museum but gives a great sense of the town as well as lifesaving and the Pendleton... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
DCJuveFan
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Arlington, Virginia
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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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3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653-3622
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Trying to enlarge space by buying a new building. One of their main attractions is the Coast Guard Life Saving boat

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

It's a small museum but gives a great sense of the town as well as lifesaving and the Pendleton rescue which is why we went. It's tiny but somehow my friend got completely lost in the baseball exhibit and we had to drag her away...More

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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

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Reviewed 22 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.

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Reviewed 19 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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Hard to answer given all the erosion at Nauset Beach this past winter and how much had to be taken away like the gazebo and Liams. I know I have seen it in the past, so that would be around the main parking lot but don't... More
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