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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
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09:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 16:00
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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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The butterfly exhibit/ feeding

Very nice experience. You should call for a reservation. Can go in for free (and not feed) if you buy a ticket into the main museum but still $5.00 to feed at specific feeding... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 July 2016
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Dennis, Massachusetts
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Dennis, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Very nice experience. You should call for a reservation. Can go in for free (and not feed) if you buy a ticket into the main museum but still $5.00 to feed at specific feeding times! 10am, 12 noon and 2 pm. Museum open til 4 pm. You may just go for the feeding and not pay to go into museum... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

On a bit of a whim, we four retirees visited the Museum because we had never been there before. We were pleasantly surprised by the Museum with its ability to both educate and entertain. Don't wait for a rain day to go. There is plenty to both inside and outside on the grounds. Should be on everyone's "to-do" list.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

My children and I had a very nice time at this Museum. They had a lot of great hands on activities (scavenger hunt, nature hike, arts, jelly fish feeding). It is small but lots of great learning opportunities. We also loved loved loved the butterfly house.

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Thank Aroundtheworld8075
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We came here to do the mudflat mania but decided to go ahead and tour the museum while we were there. We were pleasantly surprised, for it being a small museum it had a lot of neat things inside. The kids enjoyed the crafts, the riddles, and the aquarium. They have a scavenger hunt for kids were they fill out... More 

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Thank Shelltag
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

It was very nice museu with cool little exhibits with a great nature walk behind the building through the marshes and further to the beach

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Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

What can I say about the best hidden educational tool and FUN experience on the Cape? This is a WONDERFUL museum that was the "child" of John Hay, a Cape Cod lover and grandson to Abraham Lincoln's assistant. It was created by people who love, want to preserve and educate all Cape Cod lovers about nature. There is an admission... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Repeat trip to the CC natural history museum didn't disappoint!! Took part in their Mudflat Mania-great way to see nature, walk the tidal basins and catch crabs. Love the new butterfly house. The aquarium is quaint. Volunteers were very helpful. A fun cape cod outing for all ages

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

bring your kid and spend a day there. there's lots of activities (such as walks and workshops) to do both indoor and outdoor. make sure you check their calendar and see what kind of event is going on.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our short visit to this museum. The butterfly exhibit was very special. The Aquarium was small. We enjoyed the scavenger hunt to explore on our own. We were slightly annoyed by a couple of the volunteers, though. They were a bit condescending -- even toward adults. That made our experience just OK.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Loved this museum! Great info about the history of the island with respect to the Indians. Great display of birds. Took their first tour of the season, which gave us first-hand info about the land, the salt marsh and the dunes. Really a wonderful excursion with lots to learn. Great place for kids. They even have a butterfly exhibit.

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