Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Our Mission

The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning.

Seeing Deeper into the World of the Great White Shark

Seeing Deeper into the World of the Great White Shark

Dr. Skomal's annual update is September 27th at 6pm. SOLD OUT!!

East Coast Therapy Dogs with Gina Hayes

East Coast Therapy Dogs with Gina Hayes

Next visit is September 15th at 1pm. Free w/Museum Admission.

Drawing and Painting from Nature

Drawing and Painting from Nature

This course is for adults interested in exploring this intersection of nature, art and expression. Beginners and all levels welcome. Next session September 20th at 9am

Shark Dive

Shark Dive

Get as up close and personal with sharks in this stunning film by famed underwater cinematographer Andy Casagrande. September 20th at 1pm

The Gills Club

The Gills Club

Special Event: Gills will have the opportunity to dissect a locally caught spiny dogfish shark with the help of local Gills Club Science Team members and educators. September 22, 2018 9:30am–11:30am.

Basking with Humpbacks

Basking with Humpbacks

Join Todd McLeish on an entertaining journey to better understand the complex threats faced by Humpback Whales. September 22, 2018 at 1pm.

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A New View of Olde Cape Cod:  How LiDAR Lights up the Landscape

A New View of Olde Cape Cod: How LiDAR Lights up the Landscape

Would you like to see the Cape's landscape just as it was after the last major glacial advance? Explore that landscape with a new technique, called LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging. September 29, 2018 at 1pm.

Diary of a Hammerhead

Diary of a Hammerhead

A traveling mural exhibit from The Paly Foundation that focuses on the conservation of sharks. The exhibit will be at the Museum June 1 to September 30, 2018.

Lascaux: How to Save 18,000 Years of History

Lascaux: How to Save 18,000 Years of History

Learn about Lascaux, a complex cave famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings, and attempts to find a solution to preserve them for the future. This fantastic documentary takes us on this important journey!​ October 3rd & Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 11:30am.

Lunch ‘n Learn: Season of Dreams

Lunch ‘n Learn: Season of Dreams

Join author, poet and photographer Jonathan Wright for an illustrated lecture and readings from his latest book of poetry, Season of Dreams, Two Weeks Alone in the Peaked Hill Dunes. October 5, 2018 at 11:30am

Digging into the Past: The Underwater Archaeology of the Whydah

Digging into the Past: The Underwater Archaeology of the Whydah

Join Archaeologist Marie Zahn from the Whydah Pirate Museum! Learn about pirates on Cape Cod with the true story of the Whydah! October 6th 11am-3pm

Birdwatching for Beginners

Birdwatching for Beginners

Birdwatching for Beginners with Gretchen Moran Towers. Next opportunity is October 11th at 10am. Free w/Museum admission

Wing Island Guided Walk

Wing Island Guided Walk

Join Archaeologist Dan Zoto for a guided walk of Wing Island. Learn the history of the island and its varied uses throughout the millennia. Saturday, October 13th, 10am

Artifact I.D. day

Artifact I.D. day

Join Archaeologist Dan Zoto and other members of the CCMNH Archaeology team. View artifacts from local excavations and bring your own artifacts for identification. October 13th, 12pm – 3pm

Tuesday Tweets

Tuesday Tweets

Join our bird nerd, Gretchen Moran Towers, walk the trails and discover the wonderful world of Cape Cod birding. Next opportunity: October 16th at 9am.

Lunch ‘n Learn: Conservation of the Lined Seahorse

Lunch ‘n Learn: Conservation of the Lined Seahorse

David will talk about the natural history and current conservation efforts of the Lined Seahorse Hippocampus erectus. Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:30am

The Disappearance of the PX-15

The Disappearance of the PX-15

“The Disappearance of the PX-15” follows marine archaeologist James Delgado as he recovers the sub and reunites the surviving aquanauts to tell their fascinating stories of this secret mission.​October 10th & Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 11:30am.

Lunch ‘n Learn: Vampires of New England

Lunch ‘n Learn: Vampires of New England

A very special Halloween Lunch ‘n Learn with Medievalist, Susan Jarek-Glidden, Ph.D. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 12:30pm.

Naturescape Gallery

Naturescape Gallery

Visit our Naturescape gallery, featuring local New England artists, whose work reflects the nature of the Northeast. Open during museum hours. Now Showing: Sailors Valentine Coming in July: Cape Night Photography

Osprey Live Stream

Osprey Live Stream

The Osprey Nest Camera is now broadcasting in HD on YouTube!

Pave a Path to Nature Education

Pave a Path to Nature Education

Help the Friends complete the Brick Path through the Bobbie Williams Garden to the door of the KidSummer Classroom!

Blood Drive

Blood Drive

Blood Drive Thursday, October 10th, 2018. 10am - 4pm to support Cape Cod Healthcare!

Biomimicry

Biomimicry

View the "What is Biomimicry?" video, created as part of the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network Teacher in Residence Program.

Bird Banding

Bird Banding

Learn about the Wing Island Bird Banding Station.

Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is a private, non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) designation. Although some trails are also town-owned, the three CCMNH parking lots are private property and restricted to Museum members, visitors, volunteers and staff. However, anyone wishing to access the trails but not enter the Museum can park at Drummer Boy Park down the street on 6A and walk to the trails. Unfortunately, the trails are not wheelchair accessible.

Membership Information

Membership Information

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Shop AmazonSmile and Donate!

Shop AmazonSmile and Donate!

Shop on AmazonSmile and help support CCMNH. For online purchases made through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total purchase price to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. Click on the Read More link or go to www.smile.amazon.com to start shopping!

Museum Trail

Museum Trail

There are dozens of extraordinary Cape Cod museums spanning history, the arts and topics that define the peninsula, from maritime life to baseball.

Cape Tides

Cape Tides

Current tide chart information for Barnstable Harbor, Beach Point

The Trails of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

The Trails of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Please remember ...NO Dogs allowed on the Trails, May 1 - September 30 and NO DOGS allowed year round on Museum property.