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.
During WWII, Crosby Yacht Yard served as a training base for the Army Corps of Engineers readying for D-Day.
Regular 2016 hours have ended. Open by appointment or chance. Please call ahead. Open year round for group tours and special events. The museum office is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
"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 toa generous grant from the Horizon Foundation.