You can’t spend all-day, every day on a beach on Cape. You’ll surely have a couple of “free” days where the family wants to explore the local area. There’s plenty of art, culture, and must-see museums on both the Upper Cape and Lower Cape. We’ve compiled a list of our absolute favorites.

We based our list on exhibits, pricing, visitor reviews, and more. We highly encourage you to stop in to any of these award-winning museums on your next trip. Congrats to all our winners!

Originally Published: May 7, 2021

10 Best Museums on Cape Cod

Cahoon Museum of American Art (Cotuit)

The Cahoon is a lively, fun, and inspiring place to engage with contemporary art, enjoy family-friendly events, attend open houses, educational programs and visit a fantastic museum shop. Housed in a 18th century New England home you will also get some history. It is your one-stop place for Cape Cod art and culture.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History was founded in 1954. Their mission is to encourage and advance understanding of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The museum is housed in a 17,000 square foot building on its own 80-acre site and abutted by 320 acres of town- and Conservation-owned land. It is a wonderful Cape Cod family activity destination. 

Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

The Falmouth Museums on the Green contain a treasure trove of stories and artifacts that tell the story of the town of Falmouth. The museums overlook the Village Green and two 18th-century houses display period furniture, fine art, textiles and rotating exhibits that provide a glimpse into the town’s rich historic past.

Heritage Museum and Gardens (Sandwich)

Heritage is perfect for the whole family, with walking paths, beautiful gardens, permanent collections and changing special exhibits. Don’t miss the Magnolia Cafe for a bite to eat, and a variety of programs for families, children and adults.

Highfield Hall and Gardens (Falmouth)

Highfield Hall & Gardens is not your typical historic estate. Highfield is a vibrant cultural center surrounded by restored gardens, peaceful walking trails and conservation land.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum (Hyannis)

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod. John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is a multimedia exhibit designed to open a window on the days JFK spent on Cape Cod.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Museum (Mashpee)

The Museum contains displays of ancient artifacts and other Native American heirlooms that form a chronological commentary on life among the Wampanoag for thousands of years. Displays include a variety of tools, baskets, hunting and fishing implements, weapons and domestic utensils.

Pilgrim Monument Provincetown Museum (Provincetown)

The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association—Cape Cod’s oldest not-for-profit organization. Its purpose is to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing in the New World in Provincetown, in November 1620.
The Provincetown Museum is a charming mix of the old and the new. The permanent exhibits retain the charm of an old-fashioned history museum.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)

Founded by artists in 1981, CCMoA is the home of Cape Cod Art. The Museum preserves the work of the Cape’s finest artists and celebrates the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape, the Islands and the region.

The Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

The Sandwich Glass Museum has presentations and new exhibits to better tell the story of the glass industry in Sandwich. You can watch glass being blown and turned into creative works of art.


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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