Situated in the heart of the Orleans Village Center and headquarters to the Orleans Cultural District, 44 Main Street is a historic building which was once a firehouse. It is managed by the cultural district committee and other volunteers.

The Historic Markers Committee of the Town installed an official marker in the courtyard explaining the history of the Old Firehouse. The Orleans Improvement Association was among the many volunteers, from architects to local community activists, whose hard work and persistence, along with that of town government, have renovated Theresa’s Way, a walkway from Cove Road to Main Street along the path of the Old Firehouse. Plans are in motion with the Cape Cod Commission and the town’s Board of Selectmen to do renovations to the inside of the building as well. It is here that the Orleans Chamber of Commerce's main offices are located, along with the Orleans Old Firehouse Community Center ‘s art gallery space, meeting rooms, and public rest rooms. A myriad of activities are scheduled in this building, from the Nauset Together We Can After School Program to meetings of the Chamber Board, as well as artistic demonstrations, planning sessions for the Orleans Pond Coalition, and more. Your group is invited to inquire about usage. Check the proposed schedule on the calendar below, and then call (508)367-0114.

The following is a calendar for activities scheduled for this location.

The Old Firehouse Gallery is available for exhibits, performance, lectures and special events year-round for non-profit organizations. Exhibits and events that further the Orleans Cultural District's mission of "cultural, environmental and economic vitality of Orleans" are encouraged to contact us for use of the gallery space.

Email info@orleansculturaldistrict.org for more info and to make a formal request to book your time on the gallery calendar.  To reach us by phone, call (508)367-0114.

Gallery Policies, Volunteer Guidelines and Application Forms

  • If you host an exhibit at the Old Firehouse, be prepared to sign a release form for your artwork.

  • Learn the key routine for the gallery and lock up after each show.

  • Hang and remove your show.

  • Label your show.

  • Staff gallery hours, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 PM and more often if you can

  • Post your hours on the Gallery Door.

  • Keep the gallery clean.

  • Provide a reception open to the public.

  • Work with the OCP to market your show.

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