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Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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Address: 869 Main St, Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631-1032
Phone Number: +1 508-896-3867
09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire...

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning.

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History integrates the three strands of its organizational identity - as museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land.

As a small museum of natural history, we will preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. We may also collaborate with local and regional organizations on co-sponsored exhibits.

As a nature education center, we will engage children and adults in high-quality programs, classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, traditions and interactive exhibits that reveal the many facets of the natural world and the reciprocal impacts that humans and nature exert on each other. As befits a nature education center, we will explore our potential as a center for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod.

As a steward of 400-plus acres of museum-owned land in Stony Brook Valley and Brewster conservation land adjacent to the museum, including Wing's Island, the salt marsh, and the beach along Cape Cod Bay between Quivett and Paine's Creeks, we will monitor and protect the land and focus our programming on its varied habitats - our outdoor classroom and teaching tool. Programs may also take place elsewhere on Cape Cod and in New England when appropriate.

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Knowledgeable Staff and Hiking Trails Enhanced this Experience

We had read reviews for this small museum and so stopped in. The staff members really enhance the experience as they clearly love the museum and want to convey their enthusiasm... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We had read reviews for this small museum and so stopped in. The staff members really enhance the experience as they clearly love the museum and want to convey their enthusiasm. We especially enjoyed talking to Bruce who was in the room dedicated to the beautiful, intricate wood carvings done of birds. The artist's workspace and studio has been moved... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The museum is pleasant, relaxing, and a good place to learn about the natural history of the Cape. The museum seemed to be especially kid-friendly. The Wing Island Trail start at the building, goes out though the woods, across the marsh to Wing's Island, and eventually to the bay. The building and the area immediately around have worthwhile exhibits. If... More 

Thank Rokmann
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a very small museum, suitable for younger children. We got through the museum itself in about 20 minutes (hard to keep the attention of a 2 ½ year old). We also took the hike in back of the museum. The tide was in so we did get our feet very wet walking across the marsh but it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

After a deal of time in the museum looking at exhibits, we decided to take it outside. The trails around the museum are awesome. First we did the John Wing Trail out to the island and along the tidal pools and beach, what fun! Then we did the Lee Baldwin Trail, also lot of fun. When you visit the museum,... More 

Thank Trvl4Funb455
Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Great place to learn about wildlife on the Cape. Lots of tanks, great exhibits. Fun viewing out of the windows and a path to the beach.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Great little aquarium and exhibits! We were short on time so did not get to walk out and take advantage of the trails, I will definitely go back another time.

Thank Linda B
Lansing, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This has a small aquarium which is interesting enough for young kids. There is also a large display of stuffed birds. A hands-on room for children is available which includes the showing of a movie. I'm sure the movie changes but on the day we were there, it was about an island clear around the world; we thought the movies... More 

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Ashland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We had heard that this museum was fun for small children, so we were wondering about 4 adults (ages 38-63) visiting. Well, we had a wonderful time, learned a lot, and were very pleased with the amount of things to see. We wanted to to the walk outside to the Bay, but one of our party had some mobility issues... More 

Thank Ellen O
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This is a great place to take kids. When we visited, there were several elementary students. The down-side was that they were only open 11-3. They do allow use of trails after closing though. The museum had some fine exhibits of strange fish including the only live seahorse I had ever seen. Bird feeders to sit in comfy recliners and... More 

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New London, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

CCM is a terrific place that has matured over the years. It is a wonderful place to bring children and adults visiting the area to learn about the Cape Cod ecosystem. The walk to the mud flats never disappoints. This is a wonderful institution that shows visitors the fragility of this special place. It is a must see for all... More 

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