Museum Directory


3087 Main Street
Barnstable, MA 02630
Phone: (508) 362-2982

Did you know?

The oldest wooden jail still standing is in Barnstable? It was built c.1690

The Barnstable Historical society was founded in 1939, on the 300th anniversary of the Town of Barnstable. From its inception, the Society took a leading role in documenting the 7 villages of Barnstable’s local history. It led in transferring the Custom House from the federal government to the town.

The Society renamed it the Trayser Museum in honor of Donald Trayser, author of the epic “The Seven Villages of Barnstable.” He was also one of the founders of BHS and his papers are an important part of our archives. Another historical building was preserved by the Society when it took charge of moving the Old Jail to the grounds of the Trayser Museum.

The new location of the Barnstable Historical Society, across the street from the Sturgis Library, houses a virtual treasure chest of history providing research assistance to schools, authors and the public.
Our collection dates from the 17th century to the 20th century and consists of maritime paintings, portraits of sea captains and their wives, ships’ logs, ships’ models, vintage photographs, trade artifacts from around the world, Sandwich glass, a quilt collection, silver artifacts, antique furniture, correspondence, diaries, and much more.

Admission and times

Open mid-June to mid-October
Wednesday - Saturday, 1pm-4pm
Tuesday by appointment
Individual Membership $25
Family Membership – $50



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