Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

An Overview

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History aims to,“Inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment and wildlife cape cod museum of natural historythrough discovery and learning.” The museum, located in Brewster, also serves as a nature education center, and is a steward of conservation land. The museum stewards and protects over 400 acres of land in Stony Brook Valley and Brewster adjacent to the museum. The lands include Wing’s Island, a salt marsh, and the stretch of beach on Cape Cod Bay that goes between Quivett and Paine’s Creeks.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History Exhibits

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History has a number of fascinating exhibits that explore a wide range of local topics. Exhibits include Archaeology, Aquarium, Biomimicry, Cape Takes Shape, Eldridge Arnold Wing, Honeybees, Science Rocks, Marshview Room, Naturescape Gallery, People of the Land, Preserved Bird Collection, and the Stephen Kopel Virtual Exhibit.

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The Archaeology exhibit, titled “One Cape / Many Waters” explores the Stony Brook Watershed, and examines the human communities and changing landscapes of the region. The exhibit’s history begins with the receding glaciers and first groups of native people arriving on Cape Cod around 10,000 years ago. Settlements by the Wampanoag and other groups in Stony Brook began 9,000 years ago. English settlers arrived in the mid-17th century. The landscape transformed during the 19th century with farms giving way to industry like tanneries and salt works.

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The Aquarium is sure to be a favorite of all ages! You’ll explore some of the creatures that call the Cape’s waters home. From Cape Cod Bay to nearby ponds, there are lots of creatures and environments to learn about!

The honeybee exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History allows you to peek inside a working hive, watching the bees work. You can watch them busily working and try to spot the queen. The exhibit explores the importance of pollinators and the threats they have faced and continue to face.

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In the Science Rocks! Exhibit in the Hay Room guests will love the interactive science lab! From an augmented reality sandbox to the life cycle of frogs, there’s sure to be something that catches your eye!

Though the museum is small, there’s lots packed in to make it worth a visit! Once you’ve seen the indoor exhibits, be sure to check out the trails at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The John Wing Trail takes you across a wide range of Cape ecosystems in just 1.3 miles, from coastal pitch pine woodlands to salt marsh, Wing Island, barrier beach, and tidal pools! The Lee Baldwin Trail takes walkers along a mile of unique beech forest in the Stony Brook Valley. If you’re around in late Spring, be sure to check out the herring run at Stony Brook, watching the alewives come in from the ocean and up the brook.

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History November Events

In addition to their normal exhibits, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History also hosts a wide range of events and programs. This November has some great events on the calendar! The second session of the Fall Early Childhood Program kicks off on Wednesday November 3rd. The five-week session of this Cape Cod Museum of Natural History program is open to children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. The program provides play-based nature programming and is a great time for all! The session costs $125 per child and has a capacity of 12 children.

November 3rd & 10th

On November 3rd and 10th, you can catch a screening of PBS Nova’s Telescope: Hunting the Edge of Space. The film, which is free with museum admission, explores the role telescopes have played in changing our understanding of the universe and our place in it. From the history to current advancements, the film will answer questions about the universe, and perhaps raise more questions about the universe!

Saturday November 6th at 1 pm

On Saturday November 6th at 1 pm the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will present a lecture on Understanding Coastal Resiliency. The talk, presented by coastal geologist Dr. Mark Borelli, will delve into his work as the Director of the Coastal Processes and Ecosystems Laboratory (CaPE Lab). The CaPE Lab is a joint effort with the Center for Coastal Studies, and UMass Boston’s School for the Environment. The talk and discussion will provide insight into sea level rise, storms, and human alterations of the coast through the lens of coastal resiliency.

Sunday, November 7th

On Sunday the 7th, be sure to stop in for the nature program, “Meet the Pilot Whale”. The program is perfect for kids 4 and up. If you miss the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History’s Nov. 7th program and still want to learn about the Pilot Whale, stop in for the program on November 20th or December 12th. The program will be led by naturalist and Cape Cod Museum of Natural History volunteer Gerry Beetham.

Saturday, November 13th, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

On Saturday November 13th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm be sure to join the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for their James Webb Space

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Telescope Community Event. The museum is honored to be the official NASA host on the Cape for the event! The Countdown to Launch event will explore and celebrate the upcoming December 18th launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.

When the telescope launches it will be the largest telescope in space, 100 times more powerful than the Hubble telescope. It will be able to see back in time almost 13.5 billion years! To celebrate this scientific achievement, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will have over twenty hands-on STEAM activities around the museum and grounds. The event is free to the public, though reservations are required.

If you’re looking for more information on the James Webb Space Telescope, consider stopping by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for the November 13th lecture by 4th year PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Harvard and the Center for Astrophysics, Charles Law. The lecture will tell us more about what the launch of the telescope will mean for science, what information we may gain, and what it all means!

November 13th, 26th & 27th

On November 13th, 26th, and 27th you’ll have a chance to meet Sammy Spat at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. The oyster hero of Kahren Dowcett’s book Sammy Spat, and the Big Rescue is a great ambassador for bi-valves, and a perfect way to learn about such an important part of the Cape’s waters. Learn more about the way oysters protect from storm surges, clean water, and create habitat!

Wednesday, November 17th at 11:30 am

On Wednesday, November 17th, stop by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History for their Nature Screening. This NOVA documentary, Native American: Nature to Nations, will explore the democracy of the Haudenosaunee Peoples (Iroquois Confederacy) of New York. The film delves into the complex structures and sophisticated cultures of Native America. The film begins at 11:30.

Friday, November 26th, 11 am to 2:30 pm

If you’d like to learn more about gray ways, stop by the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on November 26th from 11 to 2:30 for the fascinating nature program, great for all ages!

Saturday, November 27th, 9:30 am to 10:30 am

And to finish out the month, consider visiting the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on November 27th for Amazing Animal Ambassadors. The program, led by Cape Cod captive wildlife care expert Bethany Jakubson, will take place from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Kids will be able to view a Red-Tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Sulcata Tortoise, Red Tegu, and American alligator! The program is perfect for anyone 4 and up, and costs $15 per person.


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