Museum Directory


PO Box 607
Dennis, MA 02660
Phone: 508.258.0468

Did you know?

The Jericho historic house was occupied by the Baker family until 1955, includes exhibits of antiques, glassware, costumes, The Barn Museum contains antique carriages, cranberry sorters & tools.

Did you know? The Dennis Historical Society is a non-profit organization, formed in 1963, whose mission is to preserve, promote and present the history of Dennis.

It accepts Dennis related gifts, owns the 1877 Rose Victorian & its Carriage House Gift Shop, maintains the Pauline Wixon Derick Library which focuses on Dennis history & genealogy, sponsors historical programs and promotes Dennis Town Museums: the 1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum, Captain Baker’s House & Barn Museum at the Jericho Historical Center and the Dennis Maritime Museum at the West Dennis Graded School.




Microsoft Word - COLONIAL OPEN HOUSE '11.doc1736 Josiah Dennis Manse Museum

77 Nobscussett Road, corner of Whig Street

Dennis, 02638


Did you know?   Docents in period costume guide visitors through the air conditioned home of the first minister, Josiah Dennis, for whom the town was later named.

The Manse is open from June 24 to August 31 on Tuesdays, June 27 to August 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed July 4), Thursdays, June 29 to August 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Selected Saturdays, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, September 9 & September 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. The long gone Nobscussett Hotel is a special exhibit in the Shiverick Maritime Room. Experience a c1745 one room schoolhouse & wander through Colonial gardens. There is no admission fee; donations are appreciated. Private tours @ $3 per person may be reserved.

Colonial Day, filled with demonstrations by costumed interpreters plus a Pie, Bake & Book Sale is held on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy colonial trades, candle making, wool spinning, 18th century education, floral & herbal remedies, lawn games & events for all generations.

Christmas at the Manse is held on Sunday, December 10, from Noon to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy natural holiday decorations in a festive Colonial home that will enchant young and old. Part of Dennis Village Stroll, a trolley whisks you from the Gazebo to the Manse.




photo 221801 Jericho Historical Center and Barn Museum

90 Old Main Street, corner of Trotting Park Road

West Dennis, 02670



Did you know?   19th century furnishings, textiles, paintings & keepsakes are on display.

Captain Theophilus Baker’s House and Barn Museum is open from June 17 to September 14 on Tuesdays, from 2 to 4 p.m. (closed July 4) and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to Noon. The Barn Museum focuses on local farming. Tools and equipment necessary to life in Dennis in the 1800’s can be viewed as well as a salt works model and a carriage that raced at Riverside Trotting Park. The Barn’s General Store is a reminder of the important role such gathering places played in our community’s economic and social life. Of special interest is the Cranberry Exhibit which tells the 200 year old story of cranberry cultivation, an industry that began in Dennis in 1816!  There is no admission fee; donations are appreciated. Private tours @ $3 per person may be reserved.

The 2nd Annual Apple Pie Baking Contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m.





photo 231867 West Dennis Graded School & Dennis Maritime Museum 

67 School Street, corner of Pond Street

West Dennis, 02670



Did you know? Beginning May 20, Blue Water Wives & Mothers is a special exhibit that celebrates the 24th Annual Cape Cod Maritime Month with some hair-raising, heart rending tales of perseverance at great odds. Dennis women were hearty souls.

The Dennis Maritime Museum is open from May 20 to September 29 on Wednesdays & Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum highlights local sea captains, their ships, their tales and navigational tools. The last graded school in Dennis features an 1860’s school room. There is no admission charge; donations are appreciated. Private tours @ $3 per person may be reserved.




photo 24Pauline Wixon Derick Library

260 Main Street (Route 28)

West Dennis, 02670 (2nd floor of the West Dennis Library)

Open during the hours of the West Dennis Library: Sun. 11-1; Mon. 10-4 & 7-9; Tues. 10-1;
Wed. 10-4; Thurs. 10-1; Fri. 10-4 and by appointment



Did you know?   The archives of the Dennis Historical Society are preserved here including maritime collections, local diaries, early deeds, photographs and genealogical information.

The library is located on the 2nd floor of the West Dennis Library and is open on Thursdays from Noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment. Contact Ruth Derick, Librarian, at 508.398.3183 or



photo 25The Rose Victorian

485 Main Street (Route 28)

West Dennis, 02670


Did you know? This delightful, now pink, Victorian was built by Sea Captain Calvin F. Baker, a master mariner, coastal trader and member of the Boston Marine Society. The Captain died tragically in 1906 when his foot caught in his carriage wheel and the horse dragged him.

The Rose Victorian Carriage House Gift Shop, a unique blend of old, new and vintage, opens on Memorial Day weekend and closes on Columbus weekend. For hours call 508.394.1696.

On Friday & Saturday, July 28 & 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 5th Annual Yard Sale will be held in the front, back yards & barn, rain or shine. Discover can’t live without treasures amid the eclectic & unique.

On Saturday, August 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., a “MUSIC N’ MORE” Fundraiser for the Rose Victorian Fence will be held at the West Dennis Graded School, 67 School Street, West Dennis. Dance to The Sound Dunes Swing Ensemble and test your knowledge of Musical Trivia!

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