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Cape Cod is one of the most popular vacation spots in Massachusetts, adjacent to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Visitors to this pleasant Atlantic Ocean getaway will find many interesting museums in the area. Here are a few of them.

Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
This hands-on, family-friendly activity encourages children to use their senses of touch, sight, sound, and movement to explore the exhibits. Educational exhibits focus on dramatic play and science. The Cape Cod Children’s Museum is an entertaining indoor space that will occupy children ages three and up for hours no matter what the weather does outside.

Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
The permanent collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art aims to keep the work of local artists in the Cape Cod area so residents won’t lose this important piece of their cultural heritage. It includes an Alexander Calder print and many other works representing the important movements of the 20th century and beyond.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Founded in the 1950s, this museum focuses on the natural history and archaeology of the Cape Cod region. Children and adults can learn about bird watching, whales, mudflat habitats, and more. During the summer months, visitors can walk through the butterfly house.

Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Illustrator, author, and playwright Gorey lived and worked in this home on Strawberry Lane from 1986 until he passed away in 2000. The house is now a museum devoted to his life’s works and his love of animal welfare. In addition to Gorey’s art and related artworks, the collection also showcases the many curiosities Gorey collected throughout his life. If you’re staying at The Captain Farris House Bed And Breakfast, it’s just a 10-minute drive from the historical Edward Gorey House.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (Hyannis)
Artifacts, archival films, oral histories, and photographs explore the lives of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family, particularly in the period of 1934-1963, at this museum located in the former Hyannis Town Hall building. The Kennedys had strong ties to the Cape Cod community during that era, and this museum preserves the legacy and local history of that time.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Woods Hole)
The mission of the Oceanographic Institute located in the village of Woods Hole is to educate the next generation of marine researchers. It offers formal education programs as well as informal community outreach and education programs. An Exhibit Center is open most days of the year, and tours are available in the summer.

These are only a few of the fascinating museums in and around the Cape Cod area. Explore the various communities that make up the Cape community to learn more about its rich cultural and natural heritage.

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