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“Great for both kids and adults”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Brewster
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The mission of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is to inspire appreciation, understanding and stewardship of our natural environment through discovery and learning. The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History integrates the three strands of its organizational identity - as museum of natural history, nature education center, and steward of conservation land. As a small museum of natural history, we will preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. We may also collaborate with local and regional organizations on co-sponsored exhibits. As a nature education center, we will engage children and adults in high-quality programs, classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, traditions and interactive exhibits that reveal the many facets of the natural world and the reciprocal impacts that humans and nature exert on each other. As befits a nature education center, we will explore our potential as a center for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod. As a steward of 400-plus acres of museum-owned land in Stony Brook Valley and Brewster conservation land adjacent to the museum, including Wing's Island, the salt marsh, and the beach along Cape Cod Bay between Quivett and Paine's Creeks, we will monitor and protect the land and focus our programming on its varied habitats - our outdoor classroom and teaching tool. Programs may also take place elsewhere on Cape Cod and in New England when appropriate.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Great for both kids and adults”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you visit just one aquarium on the cape, this should be it. Clean, modern facility with ample free parking which makes up for the $8 per adult charge. The admission fee is worth it! Modern, interesting exhibits on Native Americans, and local nature. Beautiful large windows for birdwatching in the same room where there are many kids' activities. Aquarium tanks are clean and beautiful, full of fascinating creatures. My favorite is the tide pool tank where the little skate flaps his wing at you if he's hungry. The staff are incredibly helpful and full of information. Check the tides before you come if you want to hike because the boardwalk through the marsh to the island gets covered with water at high tide. (The marsh is beautiful!) Even if you don't have kids, I would recommend this museum. Oh, yes, really nice gift shop.

Visited September 2012
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Battle Lake, Minnesota
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Small, but fun for the kids”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

We have been to the museum a bunch of times now since someone bought us a year membership. You can't compare this to any of the big city museums, but that is what makes it so nice for those of us with young children. There are a nice selection of aquatic life in the aquarium area. Having gone a few times in a row, my children have gotten to know the names of some of the animals. That makes it fun for them. The trails are awesome, but you do need to pay attention to the tide. Walking out to the water on the trail is one of the hidden gems on the Cape. It makes you feel like you have gone to some rural location, even in the midst of summer and all the tourists around.

Visited September 2012
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Chatham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“"Check the local tide chart"”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I have to say I was disappointed when I finally made it to this Museum. I had tried to go many times before and was unable so I checked the Website to familiarize myself with it.
I read something about 'what to do before you go' and off we went.
It unfortunately was high tide and none of the trails were open. Not one. The exhibits inside are ok. We went for an Anniversary Hike and were very disappointed.

Visited September 2012
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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice small museum, great for families”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

Great for kids, good hiking trails. There are always rescued animals to see and a picture window with bird feeders to admire. You can walk out to Cape Cod Bay, examine the stuffed birds, and see small snakes and other critters. There's an indoor tide pool too. Busy when it rains.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

There are lovely trails to walk. Friendly naturalists to educate you.the scenery is the way the Cape originally looked.Salt march,tidal flats. Very good for children. Fish and sea creatures in the downstairs aquarium.

Visited September 2012
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