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Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

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Located on 320 acres of Brewster Conservation land, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History offers an array of exhibits, programs, and day trips pertaining to the natural history of Cape Cod. Originating in 1954 on the Brewster salt marsh as the Cape Cod Junior Museum, the Museum of Natural History has since expanded to become a destination for children and nature enthusiasts on Cape Cod. Today the museum consists of two floors of exhibits, a library, museum shop, and over 400 acres of land, including museum-owned land and Brewster Conservation land.

The museum building houses several permanent and temporary exhibits geared towards children, on topics such as whales, honeybees, indigenous birds, coastal change, the Brewster salt marsh, and an aquarium. The Brewster salt marsh exhibit includes an “OspreyCam,” a camera located above an osprey’s nest overlooking the salt marsh to capture the life cycle of the osprey. Unlike traditional museums, however, the Museum of Natural History’s popularity relies not on the indoor displays but instead on the many nature walks, children’s programs, and places to discover outside the walls of the museum.

The summer is especially busy at the Museum of Natural History. Between the KidSummer and Mudflat Mania children’s programs, in addition to the naturalist-guided nature walks and day trips, the summer is by far the Museum’s most popular season. KidSummer offers four age-specific children’s programs for either three or five-week sessions engaging children in nature walks, field study, and habitat exploration. Mudflat Mania provides children with the opportunity to explore the aquatic world beneath the mudflats of Cape Cod Bay.

Naturalist-guided walks run throughout the spring, summer, and fall along the John Wing Trail and the South Trail in the woodland and salt marsh of Cape Cod Bay. Throughout the summer, special events and other programs are on a week-by-week schedule. Between the months of June and September, guided nature walks and special nature programs are held daily. These programs include marine invertebrates, bats, reptiles, insects, and whales, held Monday-Friday at 1pm. Nature walks are led at 10:30am and 2pm Monday-Friday and are included with museum admission. Private group walks and tours must be scheduled ahead of time by calling the phone number listed below. These guided walks cost $6 per person, plus $40 for the first guide and $20 for each additional guide.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • January: open for special programs only
  • February 1 through March 31: Thursday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm*
  • April 1 through May 31: Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm*
  • June 1 through September 30: Daily from 9:30am to 4pm
  • October 1 through December 30: Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-3pm
  • Closed Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day
  • Open daily during Massachusetts’ school vacation week.
  • Admission:
  • Children under age 3: free
  • Children ages 3-12: $3.50
  • Adults: $8
  • Seniors: $7
  • Contact:
  • Location: 869 Main Street, Brewster, MA
  • Phone: 508-896-3867
  • Website: www.ccmnh.org
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