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.

 

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail

Arts Barnstable_all things arts and culture all seven villages and Kennedy Legacy Walking Trail
 

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. Located in the basement of the JFK Museum, Main Street, Hyannis

 

Cape Cod Community College - Higgins Art Gallery at Tilden Art Center

Cape Cod Community College - Higgins Art Gallery at Tilden Art Center

Using innovative teaching approaches the college offers a range of experiences for learned skills and employability. Explore a broad range of media, enjoy performances in the Tilden Arts Center with emerging actors, actresses, playwrights, and more!

 

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

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

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.

 

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Lothrop Hill Cemetery

Reverend John Lothrop founded Barnstable in 1639.   His tomb stil lstis in Barnstable's Lothrop Hill Cemetery alongside his extensive family. 

 

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.
 

 

Samuel B. Dottridge Homestead Fire Truck and 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.

 

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 including special events held throughout the year, historical lectures, and re-enactments.

 

W.F. Jones House, Museum and Research Facility, Home of the Barnstable Historical Society

Repository for all things Barnstable history.

 

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!

 

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

Elizabeth Mumford: New Works May 3- June 25

Elizabeth Mumford:  New Works May 3- June 25

May 3, 2017 12:38 pm

May 3 – June 25
Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday
Opening reception will be held on Friday May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM

 

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

Opening Reception for Elizabeth Mumford: New Works May 3- June 25

Opening Reception for Elizabeth Mumford:  New Works May 3- June 25

May 5, 2017 5:30 pm

Opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Liz Mumford’s nostalgic paintings of New England scenes and seaside life reflect a contemporary take on the simple pleasures and traditions of our American heritage. This exhibit highlights both Mumford’s signature style of painted tableaux with lettered borders drawn from such sources of New England wisdom as Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richards Almanac, bible verses, and sea shanties and presents a new direction in her creative work, that of large-scale circular watercolors.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

Festival of Museums May 6 10-4

Festival of Museums May 6   10-4

May 6, 2017 10:00 am

The Festival of Museums is just that – a one-day celebration of Cape Cod’s museums and galleries with events throughout the day. Museums and galleries from all around Cape Cod are offering a fun packed day of surprising and exciting events and activities aimed at igniting your imagination. Other local businesses from Cape Cod will also be joining us in the festivities, sharing their goods and services! So, whether you’re a mom or dad looking for something to do with the kids, a group of friends looking for a new experience or an art or history enthusiast, come along and join in the fun!
May 6   10-4

Presented by the Cape Cod Museum Trail and hosted by the Hyannis Youth and Community Center this event will offer an exciting atmosphere with great entertainment, beautiful arts and exhibits and fun activities for the whole family.

 

Location: Hyannis Youth and Community Center, 141 Bassett Ln, Hyannis, MA

Cruise with the Cahoon

Cruise with the Cahoon

June 1, 2017 5:30 pm

Cruise with the Cahoon – Thursday, June 1 (rain date Tuesday, June 6) 5:30-7:30pm
All aboard the Island Queen for a fun and festive cruise in support of the Cahoon Museum!

 

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

Master of the Maritime: James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

Master of the Maritime:  James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

June 28, 2017 1:01 pm

Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth
June 28 – August 20
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

Opening Reception for Master of the Maritime: James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

Opening Reception for Master of the Maritime:  James E Buttersworth 6/28-8/20

July 1, 2017 5:30 pm

Master of the Maritime: James E. Buttersworth-Opening Reception.
June 28 – August 20
Opening reception will be held on Saturday, July 1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) is considered among the foremost American ship portraitists of the nineteenth century. This exhibition features examples of his maritime paintings, known for their meticulous detail, dramatic settings, and grace in movement. Buttersworth was born in London to a family of maritime artists and studied with his father, Thomas Buttersworth who was also noted for the genre. This exhibition presents fine examples by both James and Thomas Buttersworth from private collections and museums including paintings from the collection of the Cahoon Museum of American Art.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

The Brush Off

The Brush Off

July 8, 2017

The Brush Off – Saturday, July 8
A day of summer fun celebrating the Cape’s art and artists. This 27th annual art festival features silent and live art auctions, artists painting live on location, food and music on the Cotuit Village Green. Come experience heart-warming community spirit while benefiting the museum!

 

Location: Cotuit Village Green

At Rest, in Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings 8/23-10/8

At Rest, in Flight:  Cape Cod Bird Carvings 8/23-10/8

August 23, 2017 1:10 pm

At Rest, In Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings
August 23 – October 8
Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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

Opening Reception for At Rest, in Flight: Cape Cod Bird Carvings

Opening Reception for At Rest, in Flight:  Cape Cod Bird Carvings

August 25, 2017 5:30 pm

Opening reception will be held on Friday, August 25 from 5:30 to 7:00pm

The art and craft of bird carving has an important history on Cape Cod where the Cape’s rich bird life has drawn both bird watchers and bird carvers alike. This exhibition surveys the history of decoys and the change of the craft into a unique art form. Artists included are considered masters in the field who have the ability to capture wildlife subjects in precise detail, such as historic carvers Eldridge Arnold and A. Elmer Crowell, as well a number of prominent contemporary carvers.
Hours:
10 – 4   Tuesday – Saturday
1 – 4   Sunday

 

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