Museum Mashup

Cape Cod Museums (57)_editedWith so many beaches and bike paths, rain might not be on your mind when you visit the Cape, but it’s good to know there is a backup plan available near the resort if the weather should happen to turn foul, or if you and the family just need a break from the sun. Here are three excellent family-friendly museums that offer captivating exhibits on Cape Cod culture, all within minutes of Southcape Resort and Club.

Cape Cod Museums (7)Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum, Mashpee
Eighty Five percent of the “People of the First Light” live within 20 miles of the museum, located in an old homestead built at the center of town in 1793. Step inside the quaint house for a 45-minute tour detailing the history of the tribe’s 10,000 years in Mashpee. The museum contains displays of ancient artifacts, Native American heirlooms, an Indian whalers exhibit, and a Wampanoag leaders exhibit detailing important tribal elders over the last hundred years. Outside, get a glimpse of a traditional Wampanoag weety8 dwelling, made from bark and logs, and able to weather the harsh New England winters. Museum staff also give demonstrations on open-fire cooking and what life was like for traditional Wampanoag people.

Cape Cod Museums (13)Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
This non-profit museum aims to protect, preserve, and promote the rich history of maritime traditions on Cape Cod. In the 1800s, there were more than 150 sea captains that lived in Hyannis alone, so there is much to tell. Upstairs in the museum, rotating exhibits currently include a recreation of a local boat builder’s shop, the largest display of scrimshaw on Cape Cod, exhibits on work horse boats of the Cape, different types of marine knots used, and an extensive art gallery currently housing 16 original paintings from well-known British maritime artist John Stobart. Downstairs, visitors can find staff dutifully recreating historic Cape Cod watercraft in the Cook Boat Shop. The boats are hand built to exacting specifications, and serve to educate as well as preserve the culture of boat building on the Cape.

Cape Cod Museums (55)Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
Get an educational lesson not only of the history of glass making on the Cape, but how glass is made, what makes it a certain color, and live glass blowing. A kid-friendly demonstration of glass blowing goes on every hour using different techniques learned in Sandwich and throughout history. Continue to the extensive exhibits to see wares spectacularly presented from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, which was the earliest of several glass factories in Sandwich, operating from 1825 to 1888. Several interactive exhibits will draw your attention to facts you never even thought about on a subject that is both everyday and fascinating.


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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .


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