What are the best Cape Cod museums?

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There are museums for just about every interest in Cape Cod, from the Sandwich Glass Museum to the Cape Cod Museum of Art, the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum and even a museum and Hall of Fame dedicated to the Cape Cod Baseball League.

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The best Cape Cod museums are scattered throughout the peninsula, and cover every topic from art to natural history, while offering children’s programs, garden tours and lectures. If a rainy day happens when you’re visiting the Cape, or you just need a little time out of the sun, visit a few of the best museums, including:

1. Cape Cod Children’s Museum. Located in Mashpee, the Cape Cod Children’s Museum features an indoor planetarium, hands-on exhibits, a pirate ship, puppet theater, and more.

2. Cape Cod Maritime Museum. The nonprofit organization based in Hyannis is dedicated to all things maritime. The museum offers exhibitions, public events and educational programming, as well as tours that provide a glimpse into marine life in Cape Cod.

3. Cape Cod Museum of Art. You’ll find works of art from local artists at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. The museum’s focus on local artists from the Cape and the islands makes it a favorite spot for art lovers to find new and unique ideas and furnishings. There’s also a screening room that shows independent films, and a special children’s program called ArtQuest that keeps kids engaged through interactive projects and exhibits.

4. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Located in Brewster, the Cape Code Museum of Natural History has two floors of exhibits showing off everything from whales, indigenous birds and crustaceans to coastal changes and landscaping. There are also three nature trails and guided field walks are offered year round.

5. Sandwich Glass Museum. Follow the history of the glass industry and its influence on Cape Cod at the Sandwich Glass Museum, located in Sandwich. There’s also a museum store where you can buy glass art.

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