Cape Cod has a wonderful variety of fine museums & galleries
Chatham Railroad Museum
Chatham, MA, 02633
Paradise for railroad enthusiasts features thousands of train models, restored train depots, railroad artifacts and a 1910 caboose.
Hours: Second and fourth Sundays of the month, 2-4 p.m., except holidays.
Highland House Museum
27 Highland Road
Truro, MA, 02666
The Highland House Museum is located in the former Highland House, a hotel built on the Highlands in 1907. Also near the Highland Lighthouse in North Truro, it is a classic example of a turn-of-the-century summer resort hotel. The museum displays artifacts and information about early European settlers and the Native Americans that preceded them.
Hours: June 1 to September 30, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thornton W. Burgess Museum
4 Water Street (Route 130)
Sandwich, MA, 02563
The author of the Peter Rabbit stories lived in this home and did much of his work here. The museum features a variety of memorabilia relating to the life and times of Thornton Burgess. Visitors can browse a variety of books, toys, games, and household goods that feature some of Burgess’ most famous characters including Peter Rabbit, Reddy Fox, and Jimmy Skunk. Also housed in the museum are a gift shop, featuring Green Briar Jam Kitchen products, educational toys and games, storybooks, and Cape Cod goodies.
Hours: June 4-October 13, Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; closed on Sunday
Heritage Museums & Gardens
67 Grove Street
Sandwich, MA, 02563
Located on 100 acres of gardens and nature trails.
Heritage Museums & Gardens celebrates American culture. Three gallery buildings house automobiles, American folk art, historical artifacts, a vintage carousel, and special exhibitions. Hidden Hollow, an interactive family-friendly area, allows for exploration of the natural world and learning about the environment.
During the 2014 season, special exhibitions include Wicked Plants (April 19 – September 1) and David Rogers’ Big Bugs (May 31 - October 26). Inspired by Amy Stewart’s best-selling book Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother and other Botanical Atrocities, this exhibit gives visitors an up-close view of some of the world’s most diabolical botanicals. With Big Bugs, sculptor David Rogers creates insects such as 25-foot long ants and dragonflies using various combinations of whole trees, cut green saplings, dry branches, and other forest materials. Open April 19 – October 26, 10am-5pm; Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend, 10am-6pm.
Cahoon Museum of American Art
4676 Falmouth Road
Cotuit, MA, 02635
Colonial farmhouse from 1775; primitive paintings by Ralph and Martha Cahoon; 19th- and early 20th- century American art; changing exhibits.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. closed January.
General, $8; seniors, $7; students, $6; children under age 12, free.
Orleans Historical Society and Museum
3 River Road
Orleans, MA, 02653
This Greek Revival structure is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is used for special exhibits and cultural programs. The Society has a collection covering genealogical information, diaries, deeds, 19th- and 20th-century photos, artwork by local artists, about Orleans families and people, ships' logs, Native American artifacts, and other items relating to the history of Orleans. Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-noon or by appointment. Admission free, suggested donation.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
869 Main Street (Route 6A)
Brewster, MA, 02631
Eighty-acre site abutted by 300 acres of conservation land; nature trails, exhibits, films, guided walks, lectures, and family activities. This museum features exhibits on the local flora and fauna, and nature trails. Events, classes and walks are scheduled throughout the year.
Hours: February 16-March 31, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; April 1-May 31, Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 1-September 30, daily, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; October 1-December 30,
Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10; seniors age 65 and older, $7; children age 3-12, $5.
Provincetown Art Association and Museum of Art
460 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA, 02657
Since 1914, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum has served as a collecting museum and a professional artists association. PAAM houses five galleries, two sculpture gardens, more than 2,000 works by more than 500 artists, and a museum school run by professional artists. Year-round programs include a concert series, a film series, auctions, galas, readings, lectures, and Friday night exhibition openings.
Hours: October-May, Thursday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Memorial Day-September, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Over age 12, $7; free Friday evenings.
Cape Cod Children's Museum
577 Great Neck Road
Mashpee, MA, 02659
Children will find much to learn and do here. Hands-on exhibits, pirate ship, indoor planetarium; puppet theater, toddler play area, and daily programs.
Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.
Admission: Up to age 59, $7; seniors age 60 and older, $6.
French Cable Station Museum
41 South Orleans Road
Orleans, MA, 02653
One of the most significant developments of the 19th century was the transatlantic cable connecting North America to Europe by telephone. This museum houses the original equipment used to lay that cable.
Hours: July and August, Thursday through Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; June and September, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission: Free; donations welcome.
Sandwich Glass Museum
129 Main Street
Sandwich, MA, 02563
Sandwich was home to a glass factory throughout much of the 19th century. This museum features exhibits of glassware made from 1825 to 1888.
Hours: Summer hours, April 1-December 30, daily, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Winter hours, closed in January; hours in February and March are Wednesday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $6; kids age 6-14, $1.25.
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum
397 Main Street
Hyannis, MA, 02601
This museum focuses on Kennedy's life and activities during the times he vacationed in Hyannis.
Hours: Mid-April through Memorial Day, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; Memorial Day through October 31, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.;
November, Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; closed December and January; mid-February through March 31, Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.
Admission: Adults age 18 and older, $8; children age 10-17, $3; seniors over age 65, $4.
Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA, 02638
Paintings, graphics, and sculpture by Cape Cod artists. Sculpture garden.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults. $9; seniors age 62 and older, $8; youth age 13-18, $5.
Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
24 Aptucxet Road
Bourne, MA, 02532
This museum is set in a replica of a 17th century trading post. Exhibits feature a windmill, gardens and artifacts from the period. Open seasonally. There is an admission fee.This museum is set in a replica of a 17th century trading post. Exhibits feature a windmill, gardens and artifacts from the period. Open seasonally. There is an admission fee.