Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center
Location: Cape side of canal, 60 Ed Moffitt Drive, Sandwich MA : (508) 833-9678
Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays (daily after June 25). Admission: free.
What You'll See: Exhibit includes a retired 41-foot U.S. Army Corps of Engineers patrol boat, continual DVD presentations about the history of the canal, canal critters and wildflowers;y and interactive exhibits
Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
Location: 24 Aptucxet Road (off Shore Road), Bourne 508-759-8167
Times: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission: $5, $4 seniors or AAA members, $2 children, $10 family.
What You'll See: Museum is a replica of a trading post on the site by the Plymouth Colony in 1627 for trade with the Native Americans and Dutch.
Bourne Historical Society
Location: 30 Keene St., Bourne Village: (508) 759-6928
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays year-round
What You'll See: Information on historic sites, publications, tours and educational programs, and membership.
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Visitor Center
Location: Route 28, East Falmouth; (508) 457-0495
Times: 10 am.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
What You'll See: Situated on a picturesque bluff overlooking Waquoit Bay. Its headquarters are the site of research on coastal waters and peoples impact on them. They also have displays, various activities and nature trails.
Woods Hole Historical Museum
Location: 573 Woods Hole Road Woods Hole; (508) 548-7270
Times: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays year-round
What You'll See: Provides extensive archives for researchers
Cape Cod Children's Museum
Location: 577 Great Neck Road South, Mashpee; (508) 539-8788
Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays - Fall hours: M-F, 10-3; Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon to 5
What You'll See: Many hands-on exhibits, science, arts and crafts workshops, . Includes Toddler Castle, Starlab Planetarium (call for scheduled times) and pirate ship. Admission is $7; $6 seniors 60+; free for individuals with a military ID.
Mashpee Historical Commission
Location: 16 Great Neck Road North, Mashpee; (508) 539-1438
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and the first Saturday of each month year-round
What You'll See: Currently featuring the exhibit "Popponesset, New Seabury Through The Years." Displays of the Old Indian Meeting House, Popponesset and Camp Farley, the New Seabury Golf Course, the churches in Mashpee, and more.
Sandwich Glass Museum
Location: 129 Main St.; (508) 888-0251
Times: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
What You'll See: See beautifully crafted glass made in Sandwich between 1825 and 1888. $3.50. Group rates available.
Green Briar Nature Center
Location: 6 Discovery Hill Road, (off of Route 6A), East Sandwich; (508) 888-6870
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
What You'll See: Nature trails, live animal exhibits and programs for children and families. The center is operated by the Thornton W. Burgess Society. Donations are accepted.
Cape Cod Maritime Museum
Location: 35 South St., Hyannis MA. : 508-775-1723
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Admission: $5, $4 seniors and students, free for children under 7.
What You'll See: Museum offers permanent and rotating exhibits and hands-on activities for children. Seasonal sails available on Crosby catboat
Location: 397 Main Street, Hyannis (508) 790-3077
Times: Open Feb - Apr and Oct - Dec, Wed-Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
What You'll See: Displaying muti-media exhibits that focus on Kennedy's time spent on Cape Cod ( 1934 - 1963 )
Cahoon Museum of American Art
Location: 4676 Falmouth Road (508) 428-7581
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays year-round
What You'll See: A large collection of marine paintings from the 19th- and early 20th-century , American impressionism and paintings by contemporary artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon. Housed in 1775 Colonial farmhouse.
Cape Museum of Fine Arts
Location: 60 Hope Lane (Cape Playhouse Center for the Arts), Dennis; (508) 385-4477
Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays except for holidays
What You'll See: Right off of historic Route 6A the Cape Museum of Fine Arts features special exhibitions and a permanent collection. Lectures, classes, trips and ReelArt Cinema. $5, free ages 15 and under, $3 groups of 15 or more.
Coast Guard Heritage Museum
Location: 3353 Main St. (Route 6A), Barnstable Village MA. : 508-362-8521
Times: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission: $5, free for children under 10.
What You'll See: Scale-model ships, aircraft, navigation lights, lightships, lighthouses, ship's bells, artwork, books and commemorative coins, and more.
Jericho Historical Center
Location: Trotting Park Road and Old Main Street, West Dennis; (508) 508-385-2232.
Times: Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.
What You'll See: See the Cape Cod of Olde. This 1801 sea captain's home with Sandwich glass and antiques, also offers a Museum Barn with antique tools, country store, and Driftwood Zoo.
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Location: 869 Main Street Route 6A, Brewster; (508) 896-3867
Times: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays year-round
What You'll See: Great for Kids! Explore the nature trails, and then check out the exhibits, salt- and fresh-water aquariums, library, gift shop, films and family programs. $5, $2 children age 5-12, children 4 and under free. Free admission first Monday of the month through April.
Salt Pond Visitor Center at Cape Cod National Seashore
Location: Route 6, Eastham; (508) 255-3421
Times: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily.
What You'll See: Complete your visit to the National Seashore by checking out these nature and history exhibits, a film, self-guided walking and bike trails.
Expedition - Whydah Sea Lab and Learning Center
Location: 16 MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown (508) 487-8899
Times: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
What You'll See: Features treasures from the Whydah (an authentic pirate shipwreck ) as well as displays on diving, artifact conservation and the lives of pirates. $5 for adults, $3.50 ages 6-12.
Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Location: High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown MA : (508) 487-1310
Times: Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Admission: $7; $5 ages 62 and older and students 15 and older with ID; $3.50 ages 4-14; free for ages 3 and under.
What You'll See: Museum features history of Provincetown and the Outer Cape with exhibits on the Pilgrims and the Mayflower, as well as the monument itself.
Martha's Vineyard Museum
Location: 59 School St., Edgartown; 627-4441
Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays
What You'll See: Relive Vineyard history as you tour the twelve exhibit rooms, each one examining a different period in the Islands past. There are also exhibits featuring a whaleboat and hand-pumped fire engine used 1854-1925, American Indian and oral history exhibits, plus, Huntington Research Library, the island's main historical library and reference center. $6, $4 ages 6-15, free for children under 6.
Seamen's Bethel Museum
Location: 15 Beach St., Vineyard Haven; 693-9317
Times: Open year-round on weekday mornings (hours vary please call)
What You'll See: Sailors and sea Captains would gather here when their ships were in port. It offers a fine collection of historical photographs, maritime artifacts, and ship models.
Location: 13 Broad St. at Steamboat Wharf, Nantucket MA. : 508-228-1894
Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $8 for youth (ages 6-17)
What You'll See: Features a restored 1847 candle factory, expanded top-quality exhibition space, a fully accessible rooftop observation deck overlooking Nantucket harbor, and the sperm whale skeleton.
Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
Location: 158 Polpis Road, Nantucket, MA : (508) 228-1885
Times: Thursday, May 24 through Columbus Day, Monday, October 8, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
What You'll See: The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum preserves the memory of those Islanders who risked their lives to save shipwrecked mariners.
Edouard A. Stackpole Library and the Research Center
Location: Second floor of Peter Foulger Museum, 15 Broad Street at Steamboat Wharf
Times: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays year-round
What You'll See: A collection of manuscripts, letters, books on maritime history and exploration, whaling ship's logs, charts, 30,000 photographs and a display of memorabilia from the Nantucket railroad.
Greater Light Garden
Location: Howard Street
What You'll See: View lovely gardens set on a 1790's Nantucket estate that was at one time a livestock barn.