Embark on a Historic Cape Cod Adventure: Over a Dozen Memorable Museums to Visit

The Falmouth Museums on the Green are one of the several incredible historical societies here on Cape Cod. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

There are so many museums on Cape Cod, the choices can seem quite daunting. Here are some wonderful choices that will be sure to engage even reticent museum goers.

  1. Cape Cod Children's Museum, Mashpee: This is THE museum for families. The exhibits are engaging and intereactive and children will get tuckered out while learning, a true win-win situation. Admission is $8 for ages 1-59 and $7 for 60+. It is also free for those with military IDs. However, this is a museum that you may want to visit on more than one occassion and admission is free for members, so consider getting a membership, especially if you really enjoy yourself! A family membership is $99 for one year for a family of four (and $10 extra for each additional person).
  2. Nature Centers. There are plenty of places to explore the natural side of Cape Cod, including the Green Briar Nature Center in Sandwich, the Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Cummaquid and the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. They all offer various summer programs for children, so check out their websites. If your family isn't interested in a summer program, go for a day-visit, which can be interesting and informative. All three have wonderful outdoor areas too, great for children.
  3. Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis. While there are seemingly endless art galleries on Cape Cod (most of which are worth checking out!), the Cape Cod Museum of Art really stands out. It has a magnificient sculpture garden and is a true delight. 
  4. Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich: This museum is informative and visitors are sure to find something they will truly treasure in the fabulous gift shop.
  5. Heritage Museums and Gardens, Sandwich: With well-manicured grounds to stroll, a carousel, several different exhibition buildings, and rotating programs and exhibits, Heritage is a great way to spend a day.
  6. Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth: For a taste of the macabre, check out this attraction, truly different from the other area museums.
  7. The different towns on Cape Cod have their own historical societies, all of which provide interesting glimpses into what made the Cape what it is today.

About the Author

Contributing Writer

Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in.