Museums & Tours

Museums & Tours

African American Heritage Trail of M.V. Historical tour of 22 sites. By appointment. $60/half-day tour of Oak Bluffs & Edgartown; $50/1.5-hour tour of Oak Bluffs. mvafricanamericanheritagetrail.org; 508-693-4361; 889-1974.

African American History Tour Guided tour of the history ad evolution of Martha’s Vineyard’s African American presence. By appointment. 12 historical sites, 90 minutes. $25; $10 child under 12. 508-693-8714.

Aquinnah Cultural Center Documentation of the historical development of Aquinnah and the Wampanoag tribe. Vanderhoop Homestead, Aquinnah Cliffs. Erwin Vanderhoop Homestead, 19th century Gay Head farmstead. Wed., Fri., Sat., 11 am–4 pm. 508-645-7900; aquinnahcc@gmail.com.

Edgartown Lighthouse After major renovations in 2007 the Lighthouse is open to the public. 121 North Water St., Edgartown. Open weekends May 24–June 15 & May 26, 10 am–5 pm. Open daily June 16–Oct. 13 10 am–5 pm weather permitting. $5 suggested donation. mvmuseum.org; 508-627-4441.

Featherstone Center for the Arts Gallery that features art, music, workshops and more. 30 Featherstone Ln. off Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs. Classes, artist’s exhibitions, and more. Daily, 12 noon–4 pm. featherstoneart.org; 508-693-1850.

Federated Church Oldest church on Martha’s Vineyard founded in 1642. 45 South Summer St., Edgartown. Daily, 1–3 pm, May 26–Oct 13. Free, no appointments needed. Hosts and historical info. available. 508-627-4421.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary 4 miles of trail coverage featuring kayak tours, gardens and more. Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd., Edgartown. Daily. Programs; Discovery Room. $4; $3 child/senior; free for Mass Audubon members. 508-627-4850.

The FARM Institute Year-round institution dedicated to educating the community about the benefits of farming. Katama, Edgartown. Tours; meat & produce available at farm stand. 508-627-7007; farminstitute.org.

Gay Head Light Historic lighthouse standing at edge of eroding cliffs. Aquinnah. Weekends May 24–June 15. May 26: 10 am–6 pm. Open daily June 16–Oct. 13, 10 am–5 pm. $5 suggested donation. mvmuseum.org; 508-627-4441 ext. 123.

Ghosts, Gossip & Downright Scandal Walking Tours Entertaining look at Island history. Fridays 7 pm. 508-627-861; vineyardhistorytours.info.

Island Alpaca Co. Alpaca Discovery program for families. 1 Head of the Pond Rd., Oak Bluffs. Daily, 10 am–5 pm, or by appointment. Most mornings 9-10:30 am for Alpaca Discovery. Self-guided tour; farm store. Refreshments. $5. 508-693-5554.

Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Cottage Museum and Gift Shop Association dedicated to teaching about Island cultural and religious history. 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs. mvcma.org; 508-693-4584; 508-677-7184.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum  New exhibits, 1730’s Cooke Family Period House, original Gay Head lighthouse lens, kids’ programming, lecture series, more. Cooke and School sts., Edgartown. Mon.–Sat. & holidays 10 am–5 pm. Sun., 12 noon–5 pm. Library, Tues. & Thurs., 1–4 pm or by appt. $6; $5 seniors; $4 child; free members/children under 6. 508-627-4441; mvmuseum.org.

Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust Buildings Organization to protect and preserve 18 historic Island sites. Edgartown: Vincent House (1672); Dr. Daniel Fisher house (1840); and the Old Whaling Church (1842). Tours: $10; child under 12 free. By appointment. mvpreservation.org; 508-627-8720.

Martha’s Vineyard Tours and Excursions Charter and private tours available around the Island. Pickups from ferries, hotels, airport and others. 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-hour narrated tours. marthasvineyardexcursion.com; 508-654-0381.

Native Earth Teaching Farm 94 North Rd., Chilmark. Wed., Sat., Sun, 10 am–6 pm. Animal visits, goats, fiber arts, more. Workshops & classes throughout summer. 508-645-3304; nativeearthteachingfarm.org.

Polly Hill Arboretum Horticulture and botanic landmark featuring rare trees plants and shrubs since 1958. 795 State Rd., West Tisbury. Grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visitor Center open daily 9:30 am–4 pm, tours at 10 am. $5 suggested donation; members and children under 12 are free. No dogs. 508-693-9426; pollyhillarboretum.org.

Vineyard Ghosts Walking Tours Ghost tours of Oak Bluffs departing from The Secret Garden, Vineyard Haven from Bunch of Grapes, and Edgartown from Edgartown Books. Tours start June 17. For more information and reservations: 774-563-0762; 508-627-9445.