Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Overview

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, was founded in 1954. Our 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.

The Museum has two floors of exhibits explaining the coastal change creation of Cape Cod, Native American presence; archaeology showing 8,000 years of human activity; native animals and habitats; films, lectures and workshops on a variety of topics are offered year round along with special programs for children especially during school vacation; our KidSummer nature program; an impressive display of indigenous and migratory preserved birds, an aquarium that is a microcosm of the Cape with salt, brackish and freshwater specimens; the Eldridge Arnold birdcarving exhibit; examples of biomimicry and learning through nature to solve 21st century problems; and special, temporary exhibits to enhance the permanent collection. We are surrounded by 300 acres with nature trails meandering through woodland, salt marsh and on the shore of Cape Cod Bay.