Juneteenth: Blues and Beyond, with Fred Clayton and Friends
Jun 19, 7:30 PM EDT
Centers for Culture & History in Orleans,
3 River Rd, Orleans, MA 02653, USA
Models of Maritime

May 19 - September 29, 2019

Thur, Fri, Sun 1-4pm, Meetinghouse Museum


Admission: $7 Adults; $5 for Seniors

Free for OHS Members, Students and Veterans


The Orleans Historical Society has brought together important items from its collection and other museums/private collectors on Cape Cod to showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of living by the sea.  The exhibit will include ship models and other artifacts that tell its story in dramatic form as only people of Cape Cod can do. Designed by Dr. Edith Tonelli, Guest Curator, the exhibit is sure to fascinate viewers of all ages.

Now Through Labor Day
Return to Rock Harbour

CG36500 Lifeboat at Rock Harbor, Orleans

Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays   2-4pm

The CG36500 lifeboat will be docked at Rock Harbor in Orleans from late-May to mid-October.  Docent-led ‘Talk-and-Tour’ events will run through Labor Day 2-4pm Saturdays and Sundays and holidays. The CG36500 souvenir shed at Rock Harbor, staffed by Pattie Hamilton (daughter of CG36500 coxswain Bernie Webber) is open Thursdays & Fridays 12-4pm and Saturdays & Sundays 1-5pm through Labor Day.  Click on CG36500 page for more information and directions.

Collections and Exhibitions

We have a large display of artwork and woodcarvings by local artists, Native American artifacts, chinaware, model ships and more and we also feature special exhibitions regularly.


The OHS hosts a number of cultural events and activites each month, year-round. Many of these are held at the Meeting House and are open to members and visitors alike.


Orleans has a rich history of shipwrecks and life-saving efforts. A recent example is the Motor Lifeboat CG36500, made famous in the Feb 1952 rescue of survivors of the tanker Pendleton.