The Chatham Historical Society was organized in 1923. Three years later, the society acquired the Atwood House – a gambrel-roofed house built in the 1750's. Except for the addition of essential electricity, the old Atwood House is unchanged from when it was built and is furnished throughout as it was during the 18th and 19th centuries.
From historic Sandwich to the artists’ colony in Provincetown, every town and village on Cape Cod has artists’ studios, music festivals, galleries and craft shops to enjoy. The Cape has over 83 museums to explore, including the Cape Cod Museum of Art and Heritage Museums & Gardens. There are outdoor concert and the world-class Cape Symphony. Theaters abound, including the Cape Playhouse, America’s oldest professional summer theater. Historic attractions are plentiful, from the JFK Hyannis Museum to Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.
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Voyage around the world during the Golden Age of Sail when New Bedford’s famed whaling fleet circled the globe to hunt the giants of the deep for whale oil to light the lamps of the world and lubricate the wheels of the Industrial Revolution. With more than 750,000 items in its collection, this 112-year old institution, which was founded by the whaling families of the greater New Bedford area, is now the world’s largest and most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the history of Massachusetts’ south coast region.
The Cape and Islands enjoy a rich history created by people of color from the region. Many journeyed from across the ocean, and once here, continued journeys of another kind. We see the extraordinary roles and contributions of people of color spanning the eras of the slave trade, abolitionism, and more recently, the civil rights movement. People of color have been the backbone of the whaling and cranberry industries over the centuries. African-Americans, Cape Verdeans, and other people of color helped shape the Cape Cod of today. The Zion Union Heritage Museum, Inc.
Your visit to the Wing Fort House historic site will find you steeped in American history. Coming to the colonies in 1632 to seek religious freedom, some Wings were members and strong supporters of the first society of Friends or Quakers organized in America, that of Sandwich, Massachusetts, in 1656.
The Cultural Center's mission is to increase access to education in the visual and performing arts, culture and humanities for all Cape residents, with specific concentration on youth development and professional growth. It serves as a focal point for the community and visitors to the area interested in culture and the arts by offering instruction, entertainment and exhibition.
The Cultural Center offers a wide range of events and programs related to Exhibition, Education, and Entertainment. Please visit our calendar to see what's coming up.
The Edward Gorey House celebrates the life and work of acclaimed writer and artist, Edward Gorey. Featuring exhibits of Gorey's professional work, personal life and legacy of supporting animal welfare causes, the Gorey House is a glimpse into the mind and life of one of America's truly great creative geniuses.
The Cape Cod Museum of Arts' mission is to collect, conserve, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod and the Islands. Through its programs, the museum seeks to preserve the artistic heritage of the area and to foster artistic and cultural growth within the individual and the community. Visit CCMA to discover the Cape through historical and contemporary artists! See exhibitions in seven galleries. Stroll through the lovely sculpture garden. Visit the Museum Shop for unique gifts by artists and artisans.
Highfield Hall & Gardens, a magnificently restored historic mansion and estate, is now a vibrant center of cultural and community life on Cape Cod. The story of this property is a dramatic one as it was literally saved from the wrecking ball in 1994, and loving restored as a museum in late 2006. Surrounded by 400 acres of public woodlands and spectacular gardens, Highfield is both a hub for public events, art exhibitions and a lovely venue for private or corporate functions.
Since 2005, jazz musicians from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Europe have appeared at the annual Provincetown Jazz Festival. The Festival is held in the Oldest Arts Colony in the United States and donates a portion of the proceeds to worthy causes on Cape Cod.
The nation’s oldest continuously operating public museum, Pilgrim Hall Museum houses an unmatched collection of Pilgrim possessions telling the story of brave and determined men and women building lives and homes for themselves and their children in a new world. See William Bradford’s Bible, Myles Standish’s sword, the only portrait of a Pilgrim (Edward Winslow) painted from life, the cradle of New England’s first–born, Peregrine White, the great chair of William Brewster, and the earliest sampler made in America, embroidered by Myles Standish’s daughter.