1717 West Parish Meetinghouse

1717 West Parish Meetinghouse

Town meetings were held at the Meetinghouse here for over 130 years and the West Parish Church has met here since 1719.  
America's early statesmen planned local strategies during the Revoluntionay War and the War of 1812 and patriots James Otis, Jr, and Mercy Otis Warren were both educated here. 

The Meetinghouse is open to the public during the summer and any other time by appointment.  It is a place to meet and learn.  Events are scheduled throughout the year.

 

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Barnstable Historical Society Museum

Located in the heart of historic Barnstable Village, 3087 Main Street, Barnstable

The Museum displays early portraits of local sea captains, maritime memorabilia and several rooms with early memroabilia and collections.

Admission is free.

Off season hours call to schedule an appointment to visit the museum or email :  508-362-2982  or info@barnstablehistory.org

 

Barnstable Municipal Airport

Barnstable Municipal Airport

See two light beacons on display from the airports old FAA tower and take a look at a small historical display in the conference room with artifacts from the Boardman-Polando family.  
​A life size mannequin sports a flight suit from Crocker Snow and look at a copy of the 1929  book about "the flying santa".  It is the story of the pilot that delivers Christmas gifts to children living in lighthouses.  

 

Cahoon Museum of American Art

Cahoon Museum of American Art

The museum both celebrates the legacy of Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon, displaying the whimsical mermaid paintings of Ralph Cahoon, along with a collection of 19th and early 20th century American art and preserving the historic building that was their home and studio.   The museum is located on Route 28 (4676 Falmouth Road-508-428-7581).  

 

Cape Cod Baseball League Museum

Cape Cod Baseball League Museum

If you are into memorabilia the "dugout" at the Cape Cod Baseball League Museum is for you-celebrating the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League. 
Formerly located on Main Street Hyannis, the museum has plans to re-locate to Independence Park, Hyannis sometime in 2018.

 

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Preserving the rich maritime traditions and history for which Cape Cod and the Islands are famous through our exhibitions, the objects in our collection, public events and educational programs, we strive to enable audiences of all ages to understand and enjoy Cape Cod's maritime culture.

Current exhibits include:

  • Cape Cod’s Largest Scrimshaw Exhibit
  • Catboats to Clipper Ships: Boatbuilding on Cape Cod
  • Marine Fine Art Exhibit
 

Cape Cod Museum of Art

Cape Cod Museum of Art

The Cape Cod Museum of Art’s mission is to collect, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists with a regional association. The museum's collections and exhibitions also include works drawn from a broader context, providing a more comprehensive understanding of our regional artistic heritage.

 

Cape Cod Museum Trail

Cape Cod Museum Trail

The trail currently features more than 30 museums, Cape wide.  An interactive map to locate and learn more is available on line at capecodmuseumtrail.com 

Cape Cod Museum Trail is brought to you by First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

 

Centerville Historical Museum

Centerville Historical Museum

The fourteen-room museum includes an 1840 house and contains an outstanding collection of historic costumes, maritime and military artifacts, quilts, Crowell birds, 18th and 19th century decorative arts, paintings, tools, and children's toys and dolls.

 

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Features items and information covering the history of the Life Saving Service as it existed on Cape Cod. Greeting visitors onsite is also the "Village Smithy", part of the Old Jail House, America's oldest wooden jail and museum.

 

Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit

Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit

DOTTRIDGE HOMESTEAD AND MUSEUM AND FIRE MUSEUM
Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit feature Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and historical kitchen gardens. The buildings are open weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Thanksgiving weekend and during Christmas in Cotuit, the first weekend in December. The archives are available for research, and the Homestead and museums are available for private tours by appointment. 508-428-0461  1148 Main Street, Cotuit.
 

 

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum, 397 Main Street, Hyannis.  
The Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod.  The museum features photographic, video and oral history exhibits.  

Admission includes entry to Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame.  508-790-3077.

 

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature center and trails on Barnstable Harbor.  Year-round and seasonal programs, including kayaking, aquatic exploration cruises, tours of Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands, Barnstable Harbor excursions, and other water-based programming.  Also has a Nature Play Area, butterfly mosaic trail, and bee observation hive. 

 

Map of the Seven Villages

Map of the Seven Villages

This map includes all seven villages, downtown Hyannis, Main Street Barnstable Village, and the Kennedy Legacy Trail.

 

Old Selectmen’s Building

Old Selectmen’s Building

Old Selectmen's Building Art Gallery supports local artist exhibit; on display June through November.
Route 149 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable; Gallery phone number (answered when artists are in the building):  508-548-6462

Celebrate this public art venue with support from award winning artists & new emerging artists.
Open Late Spring Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sun. Noon to 4pm thru November (Free Admission)

Email Diane at:  dfross24@hotmail.com

 

Osterville Historical Museum

Osterville Historical Museum

Home of the Crosby Boats the Osterville Historical Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the village of Osterville. Located near the charming seaside, the Museum complex sits on lovely grounds which are highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and a 19th century ornamental garden. The Museum's permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics, and a dozen full-sized wooden boats. The two-acre campus sits on a quiet street--a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and in the summer farmer's market every Friday morning.
 

 

Tales of Cape Cod

Tales of Cape Cod

One of the first organizations in the country to preserve oral history, via the tape recording of interviews with old time Cape Codders. Tales of Cape Cod preserves and disseminates Cape Cod's unique history in many ways with special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.

 

West Barnstable Railroad Station and Museum

West Barnstable Railroad Station and Museum

The West Barnstable Railway Station and Museum celebrates the promotion and preservation of railroad transportation history. Visit the station and take a scenic train ride.

The station is the headquarters of the Cape Cod Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.  

All Aboard!

 

William Morse Fire Museum

William Morse Fire Museum

Founded in 1955, the grounds of the Historical Society of Santuit and Cotuit hold the Dottridge Homestead, the Museum and attached Fire Museum, an archive room, a gift shop, the Ice House and Historical Kitchen Gardens.  The attached Fire Museum houses the oldest mechanized fire engine on Cape Cod along with antique fire fighting apparatus.

 

Zion Union Heritage Museum

Zion Union Heritage Museum

A museum that celebrates the African-American and Cape Verdean population as well as other ethnic and demographic diversity of the Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod.

 

Upcoming events in Museums

"An Artist's Voyage" at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum through 12/23/17

December 16, 2017 10:00 am

For the first time on Cape Cod, view the award winning and internationally acclaimed artist John Stobart’s 19 original paintings and 12 framed prints of historically accurate views of maritime life in the great age of sail! This $2M collection is an extraordinarily rare example of fine draftsmanship and atmospheric perspective, seldom seen today beyond the recognized historic masters of painting.  Mr. Stobart’s Plein-Air works show nuanced light and spontaneity with broad brush strokes and chiaroscuro effect. This is a rare opportunity for the general public and art connoisseurs to view this caliber of paintings in a world class fine art gallery on Cape Cod, let alone a major museum anywhere in the world.
Thursday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Admission Prices
Adults (18+): $6.00
Students (9-17) & Seniors: $5.00
Children 8 & Under: Free

 

Location: 135 South St, Hyannis, MA

Fifth Annual Small Works Show at The Cahoon Art Museum 11/22-12/23

Fifth Annual Small Works Show at The Cahoon Art Museum  11/22-12/23

December 16, 2017 11:02 am

Fifth Annual Small Works Show
November 22 – December 23
Opening Reception and Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 1from 5:30 to 7:00pm

This popular invitational exhibit celebrates the high level of creativity of emerging and established local artists; artworks are for sale as a benefit for the Cahoon Museum.  Participating artists are challenged to create works equal to or less than 154 square inches in size. Mediums represented include photography, painting, prints, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, fiber work, and shell work.

 

Location: Cahhoon Museum of Art, 4676 Falmouth Rd, Cotuit, MA 02635