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“A Great Place to Take Children”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Brewster
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The exhibits are informative and interesting and some are "hands on". The staff are visible and happy to answer questions - they are knowledgeable and in tune to younger children. The nature trail behind the Museum is my favorite. It is a tradition in our family to take the trail to the end and then walk along the beach for a bit before returning, sometimes by a slightly different route. I also enjoy watching the osprey in the spring. There is a video camera pointing at the nest so one can see the chicks and the parents feeding them. Totally a worthwhile experience!

Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The museum was absolutely wonderful. All three grandsons ages 2 1/2, 7 and 9 found special things they were interested in observing or participating in. We spent about 3 hours there and the boys were busy the entire time. I was especially impressed with the room with activities for the children to do. The aquarium was such an appropriate size. We plan on returning.

Thank Joy K
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

this is a great mostly free visit to make when in the area. Behind the main museum is a fantastic nature walk that takes you by an active Osprey next, salt water marsh, high medow and to the bay.

Thank Bricken S
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

Tiny but informative museum - the hall of birds is amazing, as is the apiary and the aquarium. Only downside was we were there at high tide and couldn't walk out to Wing Isle - next time we will be sure to check the tide schedule!

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Reviewed 10 September 2013

This is not a large museum, but all the exhibits were interesting and the docents very knowledgeable. While we were there, there were shark and honeybee exhibits, along with permanent exhibits of local birds and the aquarium. Take some time to spend looking at the tidal pool exhibit and all the creatures. We also walked the trail down to the water's edge. This is a nice way to spend an hour or two.

Thank yellowlabmom
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