Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Honey Bee Observation Hive

This exhibit gives visitors a close-up look at one of nature's most interesting creatures that is so vital to our food source. Look for the queen, easily identified by the white dot on her back.

Beekeeping at the Museum has a long tradition and we have slowly been expanding our program. We have three full-size field hives on Museum property that give visitors the opportunity to observe the inner workings of an active hive. During the summer, we have hive openings every week and depending on the number of visitors, we open one or all three hives during each of these events.

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The bee year at the Museum ends with the “Honey Bee Jamboree” held in October. This event has become a fun tradition in the Museum’s calendar of events and features general information about bees and our program, honey tasting, displays and sale of bee related articles and, most importantly, it is the first day when you can buy jars of our own honey.

Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators - - so vital to agriculture - - need to be protected to ensure a healthy world. While Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" warned of the threats to pollinating insects from the indiscriminate application of pesticides and herbicides, there may be other factors that need to be studied and understood to ensure their - - and our - - survival.
The fate of pollinators will always be a public concern. 
This exhibit was made possible by the generosity of the FRIENDS OF THE CAPE COD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.