Osterville Historical Museum


June 13th – Opening Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(Through Sept. 13: regular hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)


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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.

Wooden Boats


Annual Visitors

Something For Everyone!

Crafting A Legend: The Stories of the Crosby Boats
Learn the stories behind the magnificent Crosby boats gracing Nantucket Sound for over a century through archival boat plans, photos and first-hand interviews.
Special Exhibit: “Destination: Osterville!”

“The Museum is like the front porch of the village.” Those were the words of a visitor last summer. It’s a place to connect, remember, and learn.

This year, the Museum will literally be adding a front porch to our collection, as we preserve the original Wianno Post Office, c. 1875. The post office is being donated by the Cotuit family that “won” the building forty years ago in a coin toss.

Sail Into History

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

Osterville Historical Museum
155 West Bay Road
Osterville, MA 02655


Admission is free.
Donations are greatly appreciated.