Founded in 1954, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History encourages and advances understanding of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The museum is set on 80-acres, abutted by 300 acres of town-owned conservation land. Two floors of exhibits feature the flora and fauna of Cape Cod, including exhibits on whales, indigenous birds, and coastal change, and several an aquarium housing different species of crustaceans, mollusks, fish, frogs, turtles and snakes. Several displays are interactive and geared to children.
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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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.
The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod is the regional arts agency for Barnstable County, and has been the Voice of the Arts on Cape Cod since 1988. The AFCC strengthens, supports, and promotes Cape Cod's arts and culture community through grants, professional development, training, collaborative marketing, and advocacy. For additional information about our year-round programs, visit our website.
The Sandwich Historical Society and Glass Museum interpret the history of the town and its glass industry. Exhibits of glass and historical items tell the story of the town’s greatest contribution to the American Industrial Revolution. Displays offer more than 6,000 pieces, in fifteen galleries, created by the different glass companies in Sandwich during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Museum also includes daily glassblowing demonstrations, a multi-media theater, a contemporary glass gallery, and special exhibitions.
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.
Fall in love with Wellfleet... and Enjoy Cape Cod at its Best! Wellfleet on Cape Cod offers something for everyone. Located some thirty miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, Wellfleet offers an abundance of quaint seaside character and charm. Our miles of beautiful sandy beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, flying a kite or just relaxing. If you're willing to walk a short distance, you can enjoy complete solitude on your own private beach. The calmer waters of Cape Cod Bay and our harbor are a haven for boating, windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, and fishing.
Get up close and personal at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. For 62 years, the Cape Cod Melody Tent and our sister venue, the South Shore Music Circus, have been presenting world-class entertainment in the scenic Massachusetts coastal communities of Cohasset and Hyannis. The only two continuously-operated tent theatres in the round in the United States. No one gets you closer to the stars!
Tucked away in the quiet seaside village of Cotuit, the historical society's Cotuit Museum revisits the time when Cotuit Harbor bustled with fishing boats and coastal trading schooners and many local seaman (and a few wives) set out on long whaling voyages. Other villagers farmed bogs for cranberries or the bay for world-famous Cotuit oysters. The little community also once boasted three resort hotels, including the Cape's very first. At one time Cotuit was such a popular getaway for professors, artists and writers, it was dubbed the "Summer Harvard."
The mission of The Osterville Village Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our community. To fulfill our mission, we rely on library staff, collections, programs and the participation of our patrons and community.
The mission of the Nantucket Historical Association is to preserve and interpret the history of Nantucket Island in order to inspire island residents, both year-round and seasonal, to shape the island's future with a greater appreciation and respect for their shared heritage, and to foster among all Nantucket residents and visitors a deeper appreciation of the important historical role that the island's people have played in national and world history.