Since its early existence as the Dukes County Historical Society, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum has operated from a small cluster of buildings in the heart of historic Edgartown. Over the last century, the Museum has collected tens of thousands of artifacts that tell Island stories: paintings and literature, oral histories, tools and vessels, dance and music. Visitors today enjoy museum galleries, the historic Cooke House and the Carriage Shed, as well as one of the world’s rarest lighthouse lenses—the First Order Fresnel (c. 1854).
But as the Museum and our community have grown, a dramatic transformation is now underway. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will move to its new permanent home at the historic Vineyard Haven Marine Hospital. Built in 1895, this majestic Vineyard landmark will become a modern cultural center that honors our past while affirming our commitment to the future: To inspire all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connections to this Island and its diverse heritage. Situated on four acres of park-like land with spectacular views of Vineyard Haven Harbor and Lagoon Pond, the new Museum will feature state-of-the-art galleries, enhanced exhibits and public spaces, and improved collection storage.
Follow our progress as we embark on this journey together!