Cape Cod Museums/History
Cape Cod Children's Museum.
When you're looking for things to do on Cape Cod that inspire creativity, there's no better place than this family friendly attraction in Mashpee. Little ones can play musical instruments, put on a puppet show, play post office or dress up, descend into a real submarine or create arts and crafts projects such as magnets.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum.
Walk to the top of the Pilgrim Monument and delight in the panoramic view of Cape Cod Bay and Provincetown Harbor, including the sand dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Visit the Provincetown Museum and experience Provincetown and Lower Cape history through featured exhibits on the Pilgrims, maritime history, and the early days of modern American theater in Provincetown with Eugene O'Neill and the Provincetown Players.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum.
This museum is one of the can't-miss Cape Cod attractions. The JFK Hyannis Museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod; days relaxing with family, days playing football with buddies, days spent sailing on the ocean to which he was so constantly drawn. The exhibit features over 80 photographs spanning the years 1934 to 1963 and is arranged in thematic groupings to reflect John F. Kennedy, his family, his friends and the Cape Cod he so dearly loved. In addition to photography, a video narrated by Walter Cronkite depicts the president's experiences on the Cape. Several themed areas include charged oral histories of JFK's friends. [Top]
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Massachusetts, was founded in 1954 to encourage and advance understanding of the natural environment through discovery and learning. The museum is housed in a 17,000 square foot building on its own 80-acre site, abutted by 300 acres of town-owned conservation land. There are two floors of exhibits about the flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, coastal change, and several aquaria holding different species of crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. Several displays are interactive and geared to children. Special, temporary exhibits enhance the permanent collection. The Museum has a library and Museum Store. Three nature trails meander through woodland, salt marsh or on the shore of Cape Cod Bay and guided field walks are offered year round, daily in summer. Lectures and workshops on natural history topics are offered year round, and there are special programs for children, as well as school vacation programs and summer camp to engage them in nature.
Cape Museum of Fine Art.
The Cape Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1981 to focus on the prominent artists of Cape Cod and preserve their work on the Cape. Experience the beauty in exhibits in seven galleries, stroll and relax in the delightful sculpture garden, treat the kids to special summer classes, or catch a movie in the Screening Room. The Cape continues to beckon and inspire fine artists with its brilliant light, its enhanced colors, its scenes of simple natural beauty, and its people. www.cmfa.org. [Top]
The Swift-Daly House is located on Route 6 next to the Post Office. Built in 1741, its bowed roof is typical of early houses built by ships' carpenters, with wide board floors, deep kitchen fireplace and narrow stairways. Completely furnished, its collection includes examples of period clothing, china, Indian artifacts, quilts and household items. Adjacent is the Tool Museum displaying hundreds of tools, many unusual and unique to New England.
The Penniman House.
The Penniman House, located on Governor Prence Road at Fort Hill was built in 1868 by Captain Edward Penniman in the Second Empire style, making it a favorite of both architectural and history buffs. It is one of the most resplendent sea captains' homes on Cape Cod. [Top]