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Cape Cod Maritime Museum

Cape Cod Maritime Museum

As you might expect, the Cape has a long and storied maritime history. From its early transformation from a farming community to a seafaring one, Cape Cod became famous for fishing, whaling and maritime exploration.

Today the Cape is known as the home of the world renowned Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, so this unique relationship between the peninsular and the ocean that surrounds it looks likely to continue well into the future.

The Cape Cod Maritime Museum, which is located right on the harbor in Hyannis, tells the story of Cape Cod's unique relationship with the ocean very well, not just from the perspective of European settlers, but also from that of the native Americans.

The mission is to celebrate the Cape's maritime past, as well as its present and its future.

There are a number of permanent exhibits, as well as rotating ones that visit for a few months at a time.

In addition to an extensive collection of maritime art, there are a number of colorful and exciting exhibits, boat builders, arts and crafts and educational programs.

One recent high-profile project was the building of a full replica of the 19th Century catboat Sarah. The vessel was launched in 2007 and it is available for seasonal sails and charters around Hyannis Harbor.

Once a year in mid-June, the museum hosts the annual Cape Cod Museum Maritime Festival

There is also a very nice gift shop that features nautical books and artifacts.

Key Information

Location: 135 South Street, Hyannis, MA
Hours: Tues-Sat - 10:00am-4:00pm / Sun – Noon-4:00pm
Season: mid-March through mid-December
Admission: Adults - $5.00, $4.00 for seniors and students(free with your Go Boston Card).
Telephone: (508) 775-1723


Route 6 to exit 7, Take Willow Street south to Hyannis Center (it actually turns into Yarmouth Road) and cross over Route 28 onto Camp Street. Take a slight left immediately after you cross Route 28, following signs to the Hospital.

Turn right onto Hyannis Main Street and then take the fourth left onto Ocean Street. Take a right at the lights onto South Street and the Museum will be on your right, just a few yards beyond the intersection.

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