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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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)
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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
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
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.
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
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
Cape Cod Art Center Presents “Beginnings”, Cape Wide High School Student Exhibit-3/19-25
March 25, 2018 9:59 am
– Cape Cod Art Center presents, “BEGINNINGS,” a Cape Wide High School Student Exhibit. This exhibit will run from Monday, March 19th through Sunday, March 25th. Join Cape Cod Art Center in celebrating the importance of visual arts for youth in this annual Cape-Wide High School Student Exhibition. Ten students from each of the Cape’s high schools are selected by their art department to partake in this annual exhibit. CCAC is honored to provide a professional gallery setting for students to showcase their art outside of their schools to gain exposure in the local community.
The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 23rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Awards will be presented at 7:00pm. We will host a second reception on Sunday, March 25th from 2pm-4pm for all of the public to enjoy, who didn’t get a chance to join us previously.
Location: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable
Henry Fonda Movie Series 3/31
March 31, 2018 2:00 pm
Henry Fonda Movie Series
Chase away the winter blahs and welcome the return of the Centerville Historical Museum’s film series. For February and March this series is spotlighting the work of superstar Henry Fonda in six representative films from his long career.
All shows are at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free, donations gladly accepted.
After-film discussion with flim critic Anthony Ambrogio.
March 31: Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Location: Centerville Historical Museum, 513 Main St., Centerville, MA.