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Mapping the Tiniest, Most Unique Museums on Cape Cod

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Where can you find the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit, a showcase of the life and work of Harwich's most famous bird carver, historic water craft, and realistic models of native plants and mounted animal specimens? While the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum is without a doubt one of Cape Cod's most popular destinations, here's a Micro Week roundup of seven small museums, from the off-beat Edward Gorey House to the artsy Cahoon Museum, where you can find all of the above, albeit not under the same roof. Side note: Remember to check the hours!

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1. Cahoon Museum of American Art

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30 Bates Road
Mashpee, MA 02649

"The museum both celebrates the legacy of Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon, displaying their art and preserving the historic building that was their home and studio, and embraces the full vitality of American art with emphasis on past and present artists of Cape Cod and the Northeast." Reopening March 3 at a temporary location while the preservation and renovation of its 1775 Georgian Colonial home is underway.

2. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

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135 South St
Hyannis, MA 02601

Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture of the area overlooks Hyannis Harbor. Don't miss the Cook Boat Shop, "a working exhibit space of traditional & contemporary boat building, and restoration projects of historic Cape Cod water craft."

3. The Edward Gorey House

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8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
(508) 362-3909
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Open from April through December, "The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality." Translation, this quirky space is not to be missed.

4. Cape Cod Museum of Art

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60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638
(508) 385-4477
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Billed as the region's premier art museum, the "mission is to collect, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard."

5. Brooks Academy Museum

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80 Parallel Street
Harwich, MA 02645
(508) 432-8089
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The Harwich Historical Society "collection chronicles several hundred years of Harwich History, highlighted by the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit." In addition to those bragging rights, they'll be opening the Elmer Crowell Barn (pictured) on the grounds this year. "The reconstructed workshop will showcase the life and work of Harwich's famous bird carver through audiovisual & photo displays, tools, and demonstrations."

6. Salt Pond Visitor Center

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50 Nauset Road
Eastham, MA 02642

The gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, this museum collection "reflects the vast range of natural and cultural themes represented on Cape Cod" with artwork, film and other displays. "Realistic models of native plants and mounted animal specimens emphasize the rich and diverse natural history of the Outer Cape."

7. Pilgrim Monument

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1 High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, MA 02657
(508) 487-1310
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Finally, to PTown. Located at the base of the iconic Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum "features a unique collection of exhibits that depict important events and people in Provincetown history and our nation’s history."

1. Cahoon Museum of American Art

30 Bates Road, Mashpee, MA 02649

"The museum both celebrates the legacy of Cape Cod folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon, displaying their art and preserving the historic building that was their home and studio, and embraces the full vitality of American art with emphasis on past and present artists of Cape Cod and the Northeast." Reopening March 3 at a temporary location while the preservation and renovation of its 1775 Georgian Colonial home is underway.

30 Bates Road
Mashpee, MA 02649

2. Cape Cod Maritime Museum

135 South St, Hyannis, MA 02601

Cape Cod's first museum dedicated to the maritime culture of the area overlooks Hyannis Harbor. Don't miss the Cook Boat Shop, "a working exhibit space of traditional & contemporary boat building, and restoration projects of historic Cape Cod water craft."

135 South St
Hyannis, MA 02601

3. The Edward Gorey House

8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Open from April through December, "The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality." Translation, this quirky space is not to be missed.

8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

4. Cape Cod Museum of Art

60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA 02638

Billed as the region's premier art museum, the "mission is to collect, study, interpret and exhibit works by outstanding artists associated with Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard."

60 Hope Lane
Dennis, MA 02638

5. Brooks Academy Museum

80 Parallel Street, Harwich, MA 02645

The Harwich Historical Society "collection chronicles several hundred years of Harwich History, highlighted by the Cape's largest cranberry culture exhibit." In addition to those bragging rights, they'll be opening the Elmer Crowell Barn (pictured) on the grounds this year. "The reconstructed workshop will showcase the life and work of Harwich's famous bird carver through audiovisual & photo displays, tools, and demonstrations."

80 Parallel Street
Harwich, MA 02645

6. Salt Pond Visitor Center

50 Nauset Road, Eastham, MA 02642

The gateway to the Cape Cod National Seashore, this museum collection "reflects the vast range of natural and cultural themes represented on Cape Cod" with artwork, film and other displays. "Realistic models of native plants and mounted animal specimens emphasize the rich and diverse natural history of the Outer Cape."

50 Nauset Road
Eastham, MA 02642

7. Pilgrim Monument

1 High Pole Hill Road, Provincetown, MA 02657

Finally, to PTown. Located at the base of the iconic Pilgrim Monument, The Provincetown Museum "features a unique collection of exhibits that depict important events and people in Provincetown history and our nation’s history."

1 High Pole Hill Road
Provincetown, MA 02657