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35 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535
Opening for the 2016 season on June 11
Wednesday - Saturday
11:00AM to 4:00PM
June to October
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Our Mission
The Aquinnah Cultural Center's mission is to preserve, interpret, and document the Aquinnah Wampanoag self-defined history, culture and contributions past, present and future.

The purpose of the Aquinnah Cultural Center Inc. as a non-profit organization is to develop and maintain the Aquinnah cultural center that can support diverse tribal activities. We envision the cultural center to be a space that can support the ongoing exploration of Wampanoag culture. This vision is about creating a special place to express our beliefs and lifeways as living Wampanoag people as well as providing a place where visitors can learn about our cultural heritage.

Aquinnah tribal members hold a cultural vision to return to original Wampanoag lifestyles and values, with a modern lifestyle layered upon the traditional. To accomplish this, it is important to educate or share through teaching Wampanoag material culture and traditions while the center is being developed. This intergenerational focus and the integration of culture with everyday life are critical for strengthening the continuity of Wampanoag culture. The Aquinnah Cultural Center Inc. secures funding to provide programs supporting the cultural goal of revitalizing tradition by involving whole families in ongoing programs.

As a first step to launching programs of cultural learning, a long-range strategic plan was completed to guide the on-going development of the Aquinnah Cultural Center. The Aquinnah Cultural Center Board revised their strategic plan most recently in 2005.



Aquinnah Cultural Center
Events September 20-23, 2017

Note:   We now have reduced hours for the Fall Season and will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through our season closing on October 7.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017    Museum Tours   11AM - 4PM
The Aquinnah Cultural Center is a museum of Wampanoag history and culture, located in the Edwin Devries Vanderhoop Homestead near the Gay Head Cliffs.  The house holds great significance for Wampanoag people, as it was built by a Wampanoag man in the late 19th century and lived in by many generations of the family.  We have many original items from Edwin's day, including photos, period furniture, artwork, whaling items and fossils from the Cliffs.  Our exhibits include Wampanoag whaling, the Gay Head Lighthouse, and turn of the century Wampanoag owned and operated inns and restaurants that accommodated early tourism to the Cliffs.

Friday,      September 22, 2017   Museum Tours   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday, September 23, 2017   Museum Tours   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Special Guest Artist:  Abenaki artist Jim Taylor will be here to demonstrate porcupine quill embroidery which is done on both leather, to decorate clothing, or on birchbark boxes, containers, or jewelry. This is an ancient form of decoration still widely practiced by many tribes today.  Come and see Jim's 17th and 18th century reproduction work.

For more information on all of our exhibits, programs and events, please call us at (508) 645-7900, or email us Regular admission for adults $5, seniors and children 12 and under $3.

Aquinnah Cultural Center
35 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) 20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535-1546
Phone: (508) 645 9265    Fax: (508) 645-3790    Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
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