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“Something for a rainy day”

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 July 2014

This was suggested to us by the locals on a day that was not beach weather. It was an ideal way to spend our day and very very interactive. The staff were very involved and so informative. I encourage first time visitors to go check this out.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

For a small place, we spent a good chunk of our day. It is totally worthwhile to get the guided walking tour through the various habitats our back. The tour is about 1.5 hours but the guides are great and you will learn a lot. Ideally, have some water shoes or something you do not mind getting wet as some sections can be wet and mucky and it is much more fun to enjoy the beach and marsh areas this way. The trail is easy to walk, just be sure to stay on the trail to avoid the poison ivy that was quite plentiful.
Inside are some great displays, all on a small scale but intended for maximum entertainment and information. So many Greta people on hand to answers questions. Several hand son crafts for younger kids, excellent viewing aquariums, live bees, a bird app am on the osprey nest is fascinating. We did watch a movie on clash of two species about the horseshoe crab and red knot bird that was very interesting, but a bit lengthy at 45 minutes so it would be nice if they post the length of the movie as it is tough for some to sit through, but my 11 year old wanted to stay til the end and wanted to do further research when we got home. The gift shop is well priced and has a great variety of items that few will go home empty handed. Outside there is plenty of eating areas if you bring a lunch as no food was available on sight that I noticed. It was a great day for our family.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

I really enjoyed the museum--as small as it is, they offer a nice number of exhibits, their staff is well-organized, and the have expert guest speakers who fly in from all over to do a presentation on their material. I learned so much. The live bird-watching station is fantastic. I was able to see Osprey in the nest guarding their newborn chicks. I saw birds of all colors and their ground-dwelling neighbors that share the same habitat. They even have an amazing library--I sat and read a book because these are books not likely found anywhere else. They have exhibits on archeology to birds to mammals, to whales to bees. There is a very cool little gift shop on the premises. The grounds are great for nature walking. You will see school field trips every day because it is the ideal place for impressionable young minds. At any age, this is quite an interesting museum.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

not that much to see. It was nice, but understand it is very small. Good to do on a cloudy day. Bring your mud boots if you go on the tour.

Thank RobC53
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

This is a wonderful introduction to Cape Cod. The museum has very interesting and kid friendly exhibits, aquarium, hands-on activities for kids, and informative trails. We enjoyed the hike through the Salt Marsh to the Mud Flats. Especially interesting was the live feed from the web cam of the ospreys and their nest. (If you are enjoying an extended stay on the Cape, you may want to look into the Day Camp for kids.)

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