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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 October 4-7, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017    Museum Tours   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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,     October 6, 2017   Museum Tours   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Special Guest Artist:  Kitty Hendricks-Miller from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will be with us to demonstrate traditional twined weaving, an ancient technique used to make bags, baskets and sashes from a variety of native plant fibers.

Saturday, October 7, 2017   Museum Tours   11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Special Guest Artist:  Gail Hill from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe will demonstrate traditional coiled pottery, a technique used for over 2500 years. Gail will also show how ancient pottery was decorated and describe firing methods.

October 7 is the last day for the season at the Aquinnah Cultural Center.  As we bring our 12th season in the Vanderhoop Homestead to a close, we have already begun plans for next summer.  Our opening day will June 16, 2018, and we look forward to seeing everyone then!

While the museum will be closed for the season, please watch for our announcements of history and culture workshops and "Fun-raisers" (mini fundraisers with food, music, Native art and speakers) that we hold over the winter!

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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