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Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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Address: 869 Main St, Route 6A, Brewster, MA 02631-1032
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+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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My kids love this museum. The place is small but just right for kids. It always has a project or two for kids to do (last time was make a frog from clothes pin). The butterfly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 July 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

My kids love this museum. The place is small but just right for kids. It always has a project or two for kids to do (last time was make a frog from clothes pin). The butterfly garden outside is a must!

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Cotuit, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This museum is a nice size for families with small children. There is plenty to see without being overwhelming. There is an outdoor walk which crosses a marsh which was fun. We didn't go the full length of the walk because of time constraints. There is a display of carved birds which is remarkable. On the lower level there are... More 

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Frenchtown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The Museum is small but has some interesting exhibits. There is a new butterfly house full of Monarchs and the staff do informational talks geared more toward children. The highlight for our trip was the trail to the bay. They have placed planks strategically through the marshy area and the walk is very worthwhile. There are other trails across the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Given the cost for two adults and a senior, there should have been a whole lot more. And since there wasn't ... there should have been a minimal charge and that's it. It was a wee bit confusing the various activities that were available to us, and I think we enjoyed the nature walk to the bay the most, although... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

We visited on a rainy day and found it a fun family day. Lots of interactive things to do and well worth a visit if you have young ones.

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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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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 

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

Thank Anna K

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