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D’Arcy Sardone 19, Jul 8 mins
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The Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, stands as a beacon of cultural heritage, artistic expression, and historic preservation. As someone with a passion for both history and the visual arts, Valerie Grant, CFA, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and its exceptional exhibits.

Below, Valerie Grant, CFA, shares her insights about what makes the Massachusetts icon so special.

A Unique Mission and History

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum’s core mission is to preserve and share the stories of Martha’s Vineyard. Since its founding, the museum has been dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the island’s unique history and culture.

Founded in 1922 as the Dukes County Historical Society, the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society met in libraries, churches, and private homes until 1932, when it acquired the 1766 Cooke House in Edgartown. In 2019, after a $31M campaign, the Museum opened a new, state-of-the-art campus that boasts contemporary galleries, interactive exhibits, and wide-open outdoor spaces designed to engage visitors and provide an immersive educational experience.

According to the 2023 Annual National Snapshot of United States Museums, 66% of U.S. museums have not rebounded to their pre-pandemic attendance figures, and 25% have not returned to pre-pandemic staffing levels. But this is not the case for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum — people are coming to the campus in increasing numbers for a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. It’s the hub of the artistic community in Martha’s Vineyard and a hopeful beacon for private museums nationally.

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