Everything You Need to Know About the Best Cape Cod Museums and the Cape Cod Museum Trail

Cape Cod is the epitome of New England charm, and this peninsula has a rich history to prove it! Some of the first Cape Cod communities began in the early 1800s— its past, history as a maritime mecca, strong arts, and rich culture create the perfect area for museums to be located. When you visit some Cape Cod museums during your stay at Candleberry Inn, you’ll feel good knowing you learned something on vacation. Follow the Cape Cod Museum Trail to make it easy! Discover even more things to do and see in the area when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide.

Get the Guide

What Is the Cape Cod Museum Trail?

The Cape Cod Museum Trail was created to assist those wanting to learn about the history of the peninsula. Using the interactive map, you can see where museums are located. This is a great tool to know what is near Candleberry Inn, or you could make an entire day out of going from place to place. All Cape Cod museums are conveniently listed, and you can find a summary of each museum and historic site to make your planning even easier. Not only does the Cape Cod Museum Trail give you everything you need to design your museum itinerary, but Candleberry Inn is also always happy to give recommendations on our favorite spots!

9 of the Best Cape Cod Museums

There are so many museums on the Cape Cod Museum Trail that you would have to come back and visit over and over again to see them all. While you are always welcome to stay at Candleberry Inn as many times as you want, you will most likely want to visit only a few while you are here. We picked out some of our favorites to help you plan!

fish in aquarium1. Cape Cod Museum of Natural History 

Located less than 5-minutes away from Candleberry Inn, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular attractions on the Cape! This organization’s mission is to inspire appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the surrounding natural environment through discovery and education. Here, you’ll find exhibits on Cape Cod archaeology, an aquarium, a wildlife exhibit, local art, and more.

Kennedy Compound in Cape Cod2. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is part of the Kennedy Compound, a treasured place to visit on the Cape. Cape Cod was once a favorite spot of this late president, and his family still frequents the home in Hyannis, MA. You can’t tour the main property, but this museum features an in-depth look at the former president by documenting his public and private time in the area. You’ll find interactive exhibits that are both interesting and informative to preserve his legacy.

Heritage Museums and Gardens3. The Heritage Museums and Gardens

The Heritage Museums and Gardens is one of the best museums in Cape Cod because it combines both beauty and history. Discover traveling exhibitions, permanent collections, holiday displays, and more. You’ll love strolling through the breathtaking gardens that span over 100 acres! Make sure to take your camera; some of the most beautiful sights in the Cape are found here.

4. The Edward Gorey House

If you’re looking for an activity that is out of the ordinary, visit the Edward Gorey House! Also known as the Elephant House, this building was home to the famous late author, illustrator, puppeteer, and playwright: Edward Gorey. Here, you’ll get to see his home as he left it with its eerie artwork and historic architecture.

Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum5. The Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum

If you’re looking for Cape Cod museums that will teach you some local history, look no further than the Stony Brook Grist Mill and Museum. This picturesque monument features a sparkling brook as well as a charming grist mill that was active back in the late 1800s. Learn about early Cape Cod living in the upstairs museum, then enjoy the gorgeous walk the property offers.

6. Cape Cod Museum of Art

See the artistic culture of the area at the Cape Cod Museum of Art.  Here, you can find both permanent and rotating exhibits that feature regional and world-wide artists. Their goal is to make the arts accessible to the entire community.

cape cod maritime museum7. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Do you want to learn a little bit about Cape Cod’s maritime past? The peninsula was once home to countless sea captains and seafarers. Learn all about it at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum! See exhibits all about boat building, yachting, and nautical art. Rotating exhibits usually include historic boats and nautical artifacts from the area.

8. Sandwich Glass Museum

The Sandwich Glass Museum is home to some of the most unique art in the area. When you step inside, you’ll see the walls are lined from top to bottom with a range of rare glass. Here, can see everything from historic glass from the local Boston & Sandwich Glass Factory to new creations by local artists. It’s also a great place to pick up a souvenir!

9. Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

The Pilgrim Monument dates all the way back to 1892 when it was created to commemorate the Mayflower Pilgrims’ first landing on the United States. The Pilgrims first stepped foot onto what is now Provincetown, and you can see exactly where it happened! In 1910, a museum building was added to educate those about the history.

Book Your Cape Cod Getaway Today

king bed with sitting areaAre you ready to explore the Cape Cod Museum Trail? Book your stay at Candleberry Inn! Our historic inn is somewhat of a museum itself; it was once a sea captain’s home. We have modernized the property while still keeping original flooring, charm, and antiques throughout. Browse our accommodations to start planning your stay! Book your trip today to see all the Cape Cod museums you want and enjoy our local activities. We look forward to seeing you!

Check Availability