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“A Must Do!!”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Ranked #1 of 28 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 8 June 2014

If you like to hike, observe nature, and be around the water then this is a stop for you and your family. My kids love to go into the museum and look at the indoor exhibits and they also love the hiking, guided tours. There is a minimal charge and its so worth it. You walk in a large group (dependent on how many people show up) through marsh land and trails, spotting birds and wild life along the way. At the end of the walk, when you reach the ocean the tour guides point out the little sea urchins, etc. for the children. Definitely bring water shoes, plastic pails and a small shovel. I have done this tour with my grandchildren for the past eight years. They LOVE it and so do I! It's so much fun to dig up all the little creatures and important to learn (as we empty our pails) that all little creatures must eventually stay in their natural habitat.

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

If you are in the Brewster area this is a great start. The staff were welcoming and knowledgeable and the aquarium is a must - especially the shore-life tank. Since going we have been able to identify so much more on our beach walks. The walk to the sea shore is easy and is a wonderful place in itself. Great for both kids and adults.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This place is a gem. Lots of wonderful exhibits inside for looking at all kinds of creatures up close. They have wonderful trails through marshes and out to the beach on Cape Cod Bay. The staff is friendly and knowledgable and the gift shop is great - lots of fun things for kids at reasonable prices. We love bringing our grandchildren every year.

1  Thank Judith K
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

A great small museum. Closes at 3 PM so schedule accordingly. Doesn't take a ton of time but gives a great intro to the area. Lots of hands on stuff for kids but enough adult things to keep you entertained if you don't had kids (or grandkids) with you. Save time (at least an hour) for a hike around the trails out back. Goes past an osprey nest and through a salt marsh (check for high tide as trail may be closed). Nice small beach which was deserted (and cold) when I went. Gives you a sample of beach, salt marsh and woods all on one trail. There is a long series of stair at the return portion from the beach so be warned. If you want to avoid a climb take the right leg of the trail first (for a decent) or just return by the left leg out and back and skip the stairs altogether. There was also a wildflower garden but it was a little early this time of year.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

This was a great way to have some fun and learn a bit too. We loved the aquarium area, seeing the live look into the osprey nest, and tons of hands on activities. It was very windy and a bit cool so the nature walk went out to the beach but not along the beach but it was still neat to hear about the nature of the area. They had a check list for the kids to answer questions and check off things that they saw to get a "prize". I think we spent about 4 hours there. Would highly recommend.

Thank gregthenewguy
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