Two great ways to get to know a destination are its museums and tours. Here are some of your options on Martha’s Vineyard:

Martha's Vineyard Historical Society
Really get to know the island by really getting to know its history at Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, which is comprised of outdoor exhibits and a set of buildings including Francis Foster Museum, the Thomas Cooke House and the Huntington Reference Library of Vineyard History. According to the society itself, it is the island's largest repository of cultural artifacts, historic photographs, archival records and genealogical records.

Vincent House Museum
How fitting that this museum is located in what is reported to be the oldest dwelling on the island. Here, you can almost feel like you’re one of the first settlers on the island, trying to get by with only the most basic of necessities.

Cottage Museum 
Walk by the island’s famous gingerbread-trimmed cottages and you’ll wish you could walk up the stairs and into one of the homes. Well, here’s your chance. See how this cottage was furnished 100 years ago and get the unique view OUT the windows of one of these character-rich cottages.

Ghosts, Gossip and Downright Scandal Walking Tours
Whether you’re walking or riding in the van, you’ll enjoy learning some of the island’s many secrets.

Trustees of Reservations Natural History Tours
You’re on an island so it only makes sense that the tours of the nature preserve offered by this statewide land conservation group are given in safari vehicles or canoes.