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Museums on Martha’s Vineyard

Flying Horses

The oldest operating carousel in the country, flying horses represents the birth of Martha’s Vineyard as a tourist destination.

Originally built in Coney Island in 1876, the horses made the trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 1884 and have been a permanent fixture since. The property is now owned and managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.

Website: www.mvpreservation.org

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the Island’s largest repository of cultural artifacts, historic photographs, archival records, and genealogical records. The museum strives to broaden awareness and access to the Island’s history and shared memory. Come join us and discover our past and present and participate in the museum’s numerous summertime activities. Website: www.mvmuseum.org/

Oak Bluffs Campground

Nestled within the heart of Oak Bluffs are over 180 small cottages that make up the “Campgrounds.” Evolved from tents & mail-order catalogs, these cottages represent a completely different era and are preserved by private owners and the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association. Phone: 508-693-0525 or Website: www.mvcma.org

Mytoi Garden

This wonderfully designed Japanese-Style garden is peacefully located within the pine forest of Chappaquiddick. Walking through the property is a vacation within your vacation and is not to be missed. The Mytoi Garden is easy to reach when on bike-friendly Chappaquiddick. Phone: 508-627-7689 or Website: www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/cape-cod-islands/mytoi.html

Colonial Edgartown

It’s the seat of Dukes County and the largest town on Martha’s Vineyard. Get lost on its picturesque streets and drift away to the age of Whaling Captains & nautical legends. Stand at the steps and marvel the dominating Whaling Church, shop unique boutiques and dine on world-class cuisine. Edgartown has it all.

Polly Hill Arboretum

This year-round arboretum is the work of renowned horticulturist Polly Hill. Sitting on over twenty acres of land, the arboretum is home to nearly 1700 different types of plants including the famous “North Tisbury Azalea.” Polly Hill is open year round.
Phone: 508-693-9426 or Website: www.pollyhillarboretum.org

Up-Island Stonewalls

A trip up-island to Chilmark and Aquinnah is a must and the scenery sells itself. Escape the crowds and take a trip along North, Middle, or South Roads through West Tisbury and Chilmark and take in all the rural delights and perhaps the finest scenery in New England. The boundary-marking stone walls, rolling hills, and sea views will no doubt take your breath away.

Martha’s Vineyard Land Banks and Open Spaces

Martha’s Vineyard is not only a destination for shopping and dining. In fact, the island is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Land banks boast miles of trails, kayaking ponds and room for your four-legged friends to roam.
Phone: (508) 627-7141 or Website: www.MVLandBank.com

Aquinnah Cultural Center

Take a stroll around and learn about the island’s indigenous past. Meet Moshup and experience 10000 years of legends on Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard).
Website: www.WapanoagTribe.net