59 East Main St.
West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Phone: (508) 771-0699
Fax: (508) 775-1808
Arts & Museums
For years the Kennedys have vacationed at their summer home in Hyannisport. While the compound is private, visitors to this museum get a glimpse of what this special place meant to the 35th president through video and photo displays. In them, John F. Kennedy is shown relaxing at the place he called "the one place I can think and be alone." A memorial to John F. Kennedy, Jr, who died in a plane crash in 1999, was recently added.
The Captain Bangs Hallet House Musuem has been established so that people can witness the 19th-century lifestyle of sea captain, Captain Bangs Hallet. The historic house encompasses the study, the dining room, the parlors and the bedrooms which have been retained in such a way to make you feel a part of the family. Besides, one can also admire the artifacts and displayed items associated with the Civil War and with the rich Yarmouth history. For details, do visit their website.
Edward Gorey House is a memoir and a preservation of the works of, as the name suggests, the artist and writer Edward Gorey. The house belongs to the man himself and this is where he lived as well. On display at the house are sketches, unpublished works, paintings, ink drawings and much more; all of them works of Gorey. There are also original scripts of his famous works. A lot of the items are part of private collections and a number of them are singular pieces not available anywhere else. The house does focus on Gorey, but also showcases the works of Hillaire Belloc, Edward Lear, T.S. Eliot and others. The house is also involved with a number of animal activation events because of Gorey’s interest and love for animals. They are listed on the website, so do have a look. There is also a gift shop hat has the artists characters come to life as figurines, apparel, posters, jewelery and other goodies. Call ahead for more information.
Located in Dennis, the Cape Cod Art Museum strives to promote and encourage artists from Cape Cod and surrounding areas. Apart from the 7 galleries it has for exhibitions, there is also a sculpture garden and a museum shop. With art classes for all, the museum also hosts events year-round. Stop by this museum to view the work of regional artists.
This gallery will appeal to shoppers and artisans alike. Many people come here for the atmosphere: it is a beautiful, relaxing setting by Scargo Lake, perfect for showing off the whimsical garden sculptures for which founder Harry Holl is famous. Other types of stoneware that he and his family produce include dinnerware, tiles and plaques. But they share their secrets; potters are welcome to spend the day and learn their glaze formulas. The gallery also sells work, including masks and oil paintings, by other artists.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History's main objective is to make people more aware of the environment and their surroundings. The museum is divided into two floors dedicated to the flora and fauna of the region which includes exhibits on whales, birds, reptiles and amphibians found in the region. There is library for extra research and a shop where you can find souvenirs to remind you of the environment around you. The museum also holds various activities to provide a learning experience for children as well as adults! For further details, do visit the website for seasonal timings and upcoming events. Check website for varying open days.
The McDermott Glass Studio gives a look at the fine contemporary glass work done by David McDermott, Yukimi Matsumoto and Bryan Randa. They have created pieces for well known people like Pope John Paul II, Empress of Japan, Henry Kissinger and many more. Their pieces are displayed at Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Corning Museum of Glass which shows their natural talent in art. The gallery has a number of items like vases, bowls, stemware and solid ware. The experience of the Mcdermott Glass Studio Jam is not to be missed where world class glass artist come together to display their work.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.
Sandwich native Thornton Burgess created such characters as Peter Rabbit (the American version), Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, and Bobby Raccoon. This museum dedicated to his work is an excellent place to bring in children during any time of the year. During the summer, the museum offers a regular schedule of story times. The many special events include Peter Rabbit Animal Day in August, and a Victorian Christmas in December. Burgess was a naturalist as well as a story teller, and the Thornton W. Burgess Society operates the Green Briar Nature Center three miles away in East Sandwich.
The Sandwich Glass Museum makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary. This museums houses a collection of unique glass ware and exhibits depicting the development of this art and industry. For more information on tours as well the museum itself, call ahead or visit their website.
The Brewster Historical Society Museum will give you exciting facts about this quiet town which is quite a hidden gem in Massachusetts. On display here are artwork, artifacts and more for you to get a better picture about the city.
The Chatham Train Station is a former rail station that served the town of Chatham. This carefully restored station now houses the Chatham Railroad Museum. This museum has displays, models and other memorabilia pertaining to the railroad industry.