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Martha's Vineyard Museum, Edgartown

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The Martha's Vineyard Museum was originally known as the Dukes County Historical Society. It was founded in 1922 and incorporated the following year. The first acquisitions of collections for the DCHS were revolutionary era documents. The founders of the DCHS devoted a great deal of their time, energy, and resources in the documentation of the Island's role in American history and the community's involvement in the maritime industry.

In 2006, the organization decided to change its name from the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society to the Martha's Vineyard Museum. The new name was intended to better reflect the organization's mission and its extensive holdings of three-dimensional objects, archival documents, historic books and photographs, paintings, and museum exhibits.
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  • Museum is air conditioned, so good place to get out of the sun. This was one of the first activities we did and it fleshed out the history of MV. Plenty to see of whaling history, ships, indians and s...  more »
  • This museum is right in the center of town and is a good place to start if you want to learn about some local history on Martha's Vineyard. Would not take you long to get through it and we found it wo...  more »
  • My wife and I stopped for a while to see the museum in Edgartown. Although it is small, they have a great deal of local information, history and artifacts. If you want, they have information hand held...  more »
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  • Very cool museum with some great exhibits. If you have not been, you should go, it is well worth the visit, and something to do on a cloudy day when the beach is not an option!
  • The Museum houses an interesting collection that provides a great overview of the island's history. There are activities for young children also. The lighthouse lens and early equipment are wonderful to see close up.
  • Sleepy museum.. loved it
  • Skip it. Not with the price of admission.
  • Shows a very detail progression of the island's history to present date, good place to go if your curious about the real Martha's Vineyard.

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