Wide angle shot of a Cape Cod lighthouse at sunset

Museums on Cape Cod

When vacationing on Cape Cod this year, plan to break up the drive with a stop at one of the many museums on Cape Cod. Whether you're headed out to one of our Cape Cod boutique hotels, AWOL in Provincetown or The Coonamessett in Falmouth, these museums offer a nice afternoon of Cape Cod history and culture. Visit one of these museums on Cape Cod and learn about its most famous resident, JFK; the history of glass manufacturing on the Cape; and the Pilgrims first stop in America.

John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum | 397 Main St, Hyannis | (508) 790-3077

President Kennedy loved spending time on the Cape at his family home in Hyannis. This museum chronicles both Kennedy's personal life, with a special focus on his time on Cape Cod, and his presidency. Photos of JFK and his family enjoying their time on the Cape, especially sailing on the ocean, fill the museum's permanent collection as well as a special exhibit of photos from the family's personal photographer. The museum celebrates 100 years since JFK's birth with a look into his legacy, both presidential and on the Cape.

Sandwich Glass Museum | 129 Main St, Sandwich | (508) 888-0251

It may surprise you to learn that the Cape was New England's glass blowing capital during the time of the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. This museum on the site of the old factory brings that history to life with one of the quirkiest museums on Cape Cod. You can browse the museum's incredible collection of glass objects and glass manufacturing equipment, and then enjoy a live glass blowing demonstration. Between the intricate glass artifacts and the excitement of the live demonstrations, this museum on Cape Cod will have something for everyone.

Provincetown Pilgrim Monument and Museum | 1 High Pole Hill Rd, Provincetown | (508) 487-1310

Did you know the Pilgrims stopped in Provincetown for 5 weeks before moving onto to Plymouth? This monument and museum, built in 1907, memorializes the English explorers' time on the Cape. Climb P'town's signature granite tower to reach 350 feet above sea level, then head into the Provincetown museum to learn about the town's early history.